27 QMJHL Players NHL Central Scouting November Players to Watch
November 14, 2019 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) News Release
Boucherville, QC - November's National Hockey League Central Scouting's list has been released and it contains players to watch ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft, held in Montreal, QC at the end of next June.
In total, 27 QMJHL players garnered the attention of the scouting experts. Among the group, five players received an "A" grade as potential first round picks, including potential first overall selection, Alexis LafreniÃ¨re. Among the QMJHLers on the list are four goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 13 forwards. The list also features six European-born players currently suiting up in the Q.
15 of the 18 QMJHL franchises have at least one of their player's ranked, with the Cape Breton Eagles, Chicoutimi Saguenéens, Saint John Sea Dogs and Shawinigan Cataractes leading the way with three representatives apiece.
Take note that players receiving an "A" rating are projected to be first round selections, players with a "B" rating are projected as second or third round picks, while a "C" rating indicates a candidate for rounds four to six of the NHL Draft.
Some players, such as Val-d'Or Foreurs' Jérémie Biakabutuka, will eventually be ranked but have an "LV" designation for the time being after receiving limited viewing from scouts because of injuries.
Here are the QMJHL players to watch on November's NHL CSS list:
A BARRON Justin HALIFAX D
A LAFRENIÃ®=88RE Alexis RIMOUSKI LW
A LAPIERRE Hendrix CHICOUTIMI C
A MERCER Dawson DRUMMONDVILLE C
A POIRIER Jérémie SAINT JOHN D
B BOURQUE Mavrik SHAWINIGAN C
B CORMIER Lukas CHARLOTTETOWN D
B NICKL Thimo DRUMMONDVILLE D
B PEETERS Senna HALIFAX RW
B PONOMAREV Vasiliy SHAWINIGAN C
B ROCHETTE Théo CHICOUTIMI C
C CREVIER Louis CHICOUTIMI D
C DESNOYERS Elliot MONCTON C
C DESROCHES Charlie SAINT JOHN D
C FRANCIS Ryan CAPE BRETON RW
C GRIMARD William CAPE BRETON G
C GUAY Patrick SHERBROOKE C
C HLAVAJ Samuel SHERBROOKE G
C IACOBO Fabio VICTORIAVILLE G
C IVAN Ivan CAPE BRETON C
C PEPIN Marc-Antoine SHAWINIGAN D
C PINARD Simon BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND C
C POIRIER Rémi GATINEAU G
C RASKA Adam RIMOUSKI RW
C SAVOIE Nicolas QUEBEC D
C VILLENEUVE William SAINT JOHN D
LV BIAKABUTUKA Jérémie VAL-D'OR D
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