2013-2014 QMJHL Telus West Division
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06-09-2013, 02:40 PM
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2013-2014 QMJHL Telus West Division
2013-2013 QMJHL Telus West Division
1. Drummondville Voltigeurs
2. Gatineau Olympiques
3. Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
4. Val d'Or Foreurs
5. Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
6. Sherbrooke Phoenix
Most of the teams in the division all have stellar forward groups, but very average defence. It was a real toss up for me between Drummondville and Gatineau for the top spot, but I gave it to Drummondville because their D looks to be a bit better.
20s: Archambault, Boudens, Hawes
Drummondville should have a much better year. They possess what looks to be one of the strongest forward groups in the league, lead by Archambault, Lalancette, Boudens, and Verrier. It will also be interesting to see how Cam Askew fairs out, as he was looked upon as a top five pick in the draft before falling to Drummondville. Their defence an goaltending may not be strong, but they could surprise. They should have a lethal PP.
Euro pick prediction = Defenceman
20s: Brouillard, Steeves, Tardif-Richard
Expect Gatineau to turn it around, and have a strong season. Trades for Brouillard and Dunn have deepened the Olympiques forward group a ton. The two of them, along with Reway, Burke, and Poirier should lead a stingy offence. Their defence will be rather weak, but Beauregard and Carrier should be able to handle top pairing duty. Latulippe and Crevier-Morin played together in Midget this winter, so that'll make for an easier transition for the two of them. Steeves may not be back, as there are rumors of him joining Miramichi (MHL), and that Gatineau will acquire a 20 year old defenseman. Apparently Kielly also wants out of town. Brassard is the goalie of the future for this team, but he may not be ready for starter duty just yet.
Euro pick prediction = Defenseman
20s: Mercier, Power
After getting two new Euros, I expect the Huskies to be strong again. The offence will definitely be missing Kucherov and Andrighetto, but most of the depth is still intact. Dea and St-Cyr will lead that group, and Fournier will be the no. 1 on what looks to be a solid D core. Bélanger is a promising netminder as well, so I expect them to be pretty good.
Euro pick prediction = 1 forward, 1 defenceman
Val d'Or Foreurs
20s: Gazzola, Gélinas, S. Henley
This team has a lot of firepower up front, and Gélinas and Gazzola will be some of the top offensive d-men guys in the league. The one problem with this team is depth, and it's hurting both up front, and on the back end. Mantha will have to be more consistent, and Aubé-Kubel will need to progress for this team to be competitive. Anthony Richard wants out, so we could possibly see him traded in a package for Nicholas Roy, to Cape Breton. It will also be cool to see the third Henley play for the team, and it's too bad that he wasn't a year older, so they could've all played together. Tremblay, who will probably be playing his last year of junior, will need to be better, as Trudeau took over late last year.
Euro pick predictions = 2 forwards
20s: Marcoux, Marti, Picard
Euros: Jevpalovs, Marti
Blainville-Boisbriand will be an alright team this year, but don't look like a contender. Marcoux may keep them in a lot of games, but the team won't be good enough. Their top line is more of a second line, and Roy will be depended on, as will Clapperton for the majority of the scoring. If Marti returns, him and Picard will form what isn't a bad defensive unit, but definitely not a good one either. It'll most likely be a down year for the Armada.
(if Marti is gone) Euro pick prediction = Defenseman
20s: Desrosiers, Laflamme, Plante, Rioux
Euros: Kamaev, Lysenko
The Phoenix won't be a great team, but they won't be a terrible team either. Laflamme and Kamaev will lead the offence, and it will be interesting to see how youngsters Audette and Deslauriers progress and if they can contribute. The heavy hitting Lysenko, Deschamps, and Boily will lead the defence, with puck movers Talbot-Tassi, Neill, and Roy. Desrosiers finally will get a starting gig in the league, and it will be good to see how he reacts.
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