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2019 NHL Draft Profile – Jakob Pelletier

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Jakob Pelletier put together a formidable 2018-19 campaign with the Moncton Wildcats as he recorded 39 goals and 89 points in 65 appearances to finish second in team scoring. That came on the heels of an impressive rookie season in which the Quebec City native tallied 61 points and above a point-per-game pace to earn a spot on the QMJHL All-Rookie Team. The up-and-coming left-wing also appeared twice on the international stage with Team Canada – first at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup where he notched two points in four games en route to a gold medal finish, then later earning a spot on the Canadian squad at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship. Pelletier is the 27th-ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Rankings.

Pelletier describes himself as a playmaker and likens his style to Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews given that both players demonstrate leadership and an effective two-way game. In an effort to become a more complete player, Pelletier’s offseason goal is to further refine his shot as well as his defensive awareness.

“Scouts always ask themselves, ‘Does this player drive the play?'” writes Sportsnet’s Sam Cosentino. “With Pelletier the answer is always a resounding ‘Yes’.”

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