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03-19-2009, 02:22 PM
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We will all have the pleasure of watching him in the Memorial Cup, as his team is the host team...

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03-19-2009, 02:25 PM
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if he wins the memorial cup this season, we will have another memorial cup winner captain

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03-19-2009, 02:27 PM
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Not big enough for Michel Villeneuve. Just said that he's a good kid but too small to be one of our centermen. As if, Fortier was going to play next year in the bigs, as if when he'll be ready, we won't have bigger centermen at the time.

So for whoever thinks that everybody will shut up 'cause we just sign a guy from Quebec....well better luck next time....

Seems to me that Michel Villeneuve favorite player has to be Kevin Veilleux. Wouldn't be surprise to see Fortier in the NHL before Veilleux though.

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We will all have the pleasure of watching him in the Memorial Cup, as his team is the host team...
Rimouski won like 20 games out of their last 21. They could be good contenders in front of their home crowd.

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Not big enough for Michel Villeneuve. Just said that he's a good kid but too small to be one of our centermen. As if, Fortier was going to play next year in the bigs, as if when he'll be ready, we won't have bigger centermen at the time.
Villeneuve: what a looser ! He's gonna cry after that, that the Habs don't have enough kids from Quebec !!!!


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I don't know why you guys are so hard on Michel Villeneuve. I think he's a level headed brilliant hockey mind in the making. His point of view is very mature and I think he'd be GM material in the NHL if it weren't for his fantastic job as a hockey analyst.


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this guy is french but he wasn't drafted either.

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He was drafted...unless this is some sort of joke or something.

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I don't know why you guys are so hard on Michel Villeneuve. I think he's a level headed brilliant hockey mind in the making. His point of view is very mature and I think he'd be GM material in the NHL if it weren't for his fantastic job as a hockey analyst.

Sure. The guy coached his sons at Pee-Wee level and he is following hockey since 45 years, minimum. He is more than competent... !

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03-19-2009, 02:48 PM
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Directly from Hockey Futures: After he was drafted

3rd round (65th overall)
Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL
5’11, 168 pounds, DOB: May 2, 1989

The first of Montreal’s two third-round selections, obtained in the Richard Zednik trade with Washington, was used on a player who is the polar opposite of the mercurial, streaky player for whom the pick was traded

Olivier Fortier enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Oceanic this year (2006-07), accounting for 28 goals and 36 assists in 69 games. And while the offense is nice, it’s the other parts of his game that really excite the Canadiens.

“At every level he plays, his coaches can’t say enough good things about him,” Timmins said. “They know each and every time he steps on the ice what they’re going to get. He’s a low-maintenance player. He’s a solid two-way player – I can’t say he has any real weaknesses.”

In fact, Timmins sees a lot of a current Hab in him.

“He’s got that twinkle in his eye – he’s going to be a player,” he said. “The last guy that I saw with that look was Maxime Lapierre.”

Fortier is in great shape – unfortunately it’s the wrong one. “His dad is a marathon runner, so he’s been training along the lines of cardio and fitness levels. That will be adjusted,” Timmins explained.

Like Lapierre, Fortier has a solid perspective on what his long-term role will be.

“I think in the NHL I’ll be on the fourth line or third line, because of my defensive game,” Fortier said. “But I also have some offensive skill so I can jump on the first two lines. I’m a two-way player. I’ll do what I have to do to play.”


The following 2007-08 season he was not as productive offensively as he scored 46 points (23 goals) in 67 games, but would go on to win the Guy Carboneau Trophy as the leagues top defensive forward.

Also, as team captain this season, he potted 35 pts (8 goals) in only 29 games, with an impressive 19 in Rimouski's final 11 games, Rimouski winning 10 of 11. Will captain the Oceanic into the Memorial Cup this season as the tournament host.


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03-19-2009, 02:51 PM
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Not big enough for Michel Villeneuve. Just said that he's a good kid but too small to be one of our centermen. As if, Fortier was going to play next year in the bigs, as if when he'll be ready, we won't have bigger centermen at the time.

So for whoever thinks that everybody will shut up 'cause we just sign a guy from Quebec....well better luck next time....

Seems to me that Michel Villeneuve favorite player has to be Kevin Veilleux. Wouldn't be surprise to see Fortier in the NHL before Veilleux though.
Did you really expect anything else from him?

Anyways I'm not sure about Fortier being in this league before Veilleux simply because Veilleux is a goal scorer and the Pens can use him on either Crosby's or Malkin's wing,but they are not NHL material right now,minimum 2 more years

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Honestly don't know much about him, small and does not look to be an offensive dynamo. 3rd line material?
He's a defensive forward .... and a pretty damn good one. Good leadership too.

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Not big enough for Michel Villeneuve. Just said that he's a good kid but too small to be one of our centermen. As if, Fortier was going to play next year in the bigs, as if when he'll be ready, we won't have bigger centermen at the time.

So for whoever thinks that everybody will shut up 'cause we just sign a guy from Quebec....well better luck next time....

Seems to me that Michel Villeneuve favorite player has to be Kevin Veilleux. Wouldn't be surprise to see Fortier in the NHL before Veilleux though.

well Veilleux has been nothing short of amazing since he came back from his injury and slowly becoming a fan of him wich i wasnt in his draft year

Big center, french canadian, right handed shot.......oh god i can already hear the media

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I hope they could make a winger out of him
Move him to wing to negate most of his impact as a defensive forward? Why would they do that? Why would you want them to do that?

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[QUOTE=Roulin;18608599]I can't see Fortier as a winger. If I'm not mistaken, Rimouski moved Caron to the wing to keep Fortier at center? His strengths (defensive smarts, speed) indicate center through and through.


Actually, He is playing on Kevin Veilleux's wing right now. He can play either position.

link: http://www.cyberpresse.ca/sports/hoc...n-veilleux.php



I believe the habs are high on him to sign him this quickly. They did the same last year with Ben Maxwell. IMO Fortier will be a role player in the NHL, playing maybe on the third, but probably on the 4th line. He doesn't have a bif frame thought.

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another little guy eh ! habs need roids !!!!

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Out of the Habs 2007 draft, the only player that does not have NHL potential is Scott Kishel in my opinion. Four players of this draft are already signed by the habs (Pacioretty, Fortier, Weber and Conboy) with another 2 sure to be signed (Subban and McDonagh) I love what I have heard about Stejskal and have seen of Torp so far as well. You have a potential 8 NHLers in this draft. That is fantastic.

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Draft Num. Round Player Pos Drafted From GP G A Pts PIM
2007 Entry 12 1 Ryan McDonagh D Cretin Derham Hall H.S. (Minn.)
2007 Entry 22 1 Max Pacioretty L Sioux City Musketeers [USHL]
2007 Entry 43 2 P.K. Subban D Belleville Bulls [OHL]
2007 Entry 65 3 Olivier Fortier C Rimouski Oceanic [QMJHL]
2007 Entry 73 3 Yannick Weber D Kitchener Rangers [OHL]
2007 Entry 133 5 Joe Stejskal D Grand Rapids H.S. (Minn.)
2007 Entry 142 5 Andrew Conboy L Omaha Lancers [USHL]
2007 Entry 163 6 Nichlas Torp D HV71 Jrs (Sweden)
2007 Entry 192 7 Scott Kishel D Virginia H.S. (Minn

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well Veilleux has been nothing short of amazing since he came back from his injury and slowly becoming a fan of him wich i wasnt in his draft year

Big center, french canadian, right handed shot.......oh god i can already hear the media
Can't wait to see how it translates in the bigs. I'm still not convinced. When I see Veilleux, I see Bruce Graham. I'm definately off, but I'm still not convince about his drive.

As far as the draft, well it's PK Subban against Veilleux. It's one thing not to pick Veilleux, but I'm pretty much certain they'll have a hard time bashing the Subban selection. They are capable of doing it, but their credibility might be affected....euh....nevermind.....


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well Veilleux has been nothing short of amazing since he came back from his injury and slowly becoming a fan of him wich i wasnt in his draft year

Big center, french canadian, right handed shot.......oh god i can already hear the media


Ya but we drafted PK Subban instead.....he will be a fan favorite I guarantee...

Plus PK seems like such an outgoing person..I'm sure he will want to pick up French to please everybody.


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oh I had forgotten about him but after reading the article I remember he was like the only Quebecois we drafted that year.

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Excellent happy for the guy deserves it!

But I still dont understand why Gainey takes the time to sign Junior people when we have 11 un-signed players in Montreal... Come on I know he told us he doesnt like signing people during the season but thats the time to sign junior hockey players. Gainey get going.

Can someone clarify this, confused, why he does this???
What does it matter when he signs them? They aren't playing for us this year.

Here's a couple players that went to Hamilton after their junior/ncaa season was over. Price, Halak, Chipchura, Wyman, Trotter (but he left school if Feb) Danis.

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Good move. he's our future Guy Carbonneau (the player, not the coach).

Next draft, I hope the Habs will select another Rimouski's guy, Jordan Caron.
I highly doubt Fortier will ever be close to Carbonneau who was a great player for us.

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Chipchura was also supposed to be our future Carbo (the player).

Hopefully this guy has a little more foot speed.
He does for sure, he's got good speed/skating, no doubt about that. Small frame though and needs to improve his lower body strength by a lot. Smart, hard working player.

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That 2007 draft has the potential to go down as one of our best in the last 20 years...
I agree. While it's still early, I love how the '07 draft is shaping up.

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I thought we didn't draft French Canadians?
Stop reading Rejaune Tremblay lol

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He'll be our coach in 25 years

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Nice to see him get signed.

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Waste of a contract. Another small defensive forward (I didn't get it when we drafted him). But I suppose we don't have a choice, him being from Quebec and all (and being an RFA or whatever in June).


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