Originally Posted by Nitehowl
Style of play? what round would he be picked? Is he someone YOU would draft?
He is on my hope list in the third round. I'm pretty sure that if he would have played all season, he would be in several top-40. I'm a fan, his work ethic remind me Steve Bégin. He never stops skating. He is pretty physical too. He hits a lot, he crashes the net, he blocks shots. He is a very good lightweight fighter. Like I said many times, I think that he will be the captain next season with the Charlottetown Islanders. He is a very good leader, he is willing to do anything to win a game. When his team needed momentum, his next shift on the ice, he hitted everything that moved, and once or twice the goalie. LoL! But he must be heavier, he tries to open-ice hit people and destroy people with hits, but he isn't strong enough.
He came back from his injury in february, in the first games, he was already the best player on the ice, but his skating was average. He worked hard on it, and at the end of the season, he was very fast on straight line. He doesn't have great stats because he didn't play much on the power play. The powerplay was Matej Beran-Josh Currie-Ben Duffy for two minutes. They were good, but it wasn't really great for Laplante. He came back in february and played with 16 years old powerfoward Alexis Pépin (C) and 18 years old gritty two-way right winger Louick Marcotte. Another reason that can explain why he doesn't have great stats is his linemates. Marcotte is very inconsistent and Pépin was lost. Right after Laplante returns, they were the best line, easily. Marcotte played really well for two-three weeks but after he played bad. Pépin exploded. Him and Laplante were the two best forwards for the rest of the season. Pépin was really lost on the ice, he was sometimes lazy and stupid, but Laplante came and Pépin was a big and mean m*th*r******r and we discovered his wrist shot. Laplante gave him a lot of confidence.
In the playoffs, he was the best player on the ice, including Val D'Or players. In the last game, PEI lost 4-3, Laplante scored the three goals... including 2 (maybe 3) in the third period. In the third and the overtime, he was one of the best junior player I've ever seen (obviously, it was only a flash of greatness, not a regular thing). He was flying on the ice. He was faster, more physical, and more. He shot the puck three times on the crossbar during the overtime.
Defensively he is very intense... and smart. He will block ten shots if he has to. He is a little bit like Ryan Callahan. He is always the forward that will help the d-men down low or that will take the d-man spot if a d-man tries something on offence.
Offensively, Quebecpride is spot one (I agree with everything he said too):
Originally Posted by QuebecPride
Saw him play at the Ivan-Hlinka and at the U-18.
Here's what I wrote about him a few weeks ago.
Smart player with character and leadership capabilities. He is creative off-the-rush but keeps it simple when the play settles in the other team's zone. Two-way winger that plays with his heart on his sleeve.
He has been my darkhorse pick for this draft for a while now.
He is a really good stickhandler and sometimes, he will be spectacular in the middle of the traffic. He isn't an elite playmaker, but he has a very good vision and he makes smart pass, like Plekanec. He has a good wristshot, again, nothing elite, but it is strong.
Laplante said that he compares himself to Scott Hartnell. But I don't think he is an ******* like Hartnell. He is very intense, but he is smart. Well, he takes bad penalties like Hartnell but, you know what I mean. If you want a comparison, he is probably in the middle of Ryan Callahan and Alex Burrows (Copyright: Carey Price). He is a two-way-hardworking-physical-winger-with-a-good-IQ. I think he can become a top-6 forwards. But I think that he will be a fringe top-6 player/great third liner.