This division has a few very solid teams, and we'll be able to see a ton of NHL draft prospects in action, especially after this year's draft. Rimouski is the clear favourite, but Quebec and Baie-Comeau aren't too far behind.
The Océanic, in my opinion, will be the best team in the league. I pencilled in Matteau, as I don't see him making NJ this year. He, along with Trainor, Oke, and Gauthier, form what I think is the deepest offence in the league. With Mackinnon, and the big Samuel Morin, their D core won't be a slouch either. They may need a veteran come deadline time back there, however. Young Desrosiers has earned his way to being one of the league's most exciting, potent goalies. I can easily see this team being the team that represents the Q in London.
Quebec is another strong team in this division. Lead by Duclair, Erne, and Sorenson, they are deep up front, and should score lots of goals. They have two experienced veterans in Culkin and Donnelly on the back-end, but other than MacIntyre, I don't see the others as top four d-men. They will need to shore up their defense if they want to make a run at it. Brassard will be started yet again, and he will be backed up by trade acquisition Flinn, who we saw great potential from last year with the Phoenix. It'll be interesting to see if Duclair and Erne could possibly challenge for the scoring title.
Euro pick prediction = Defenceman
20s: Chenevert, Turbide, Verpaelst
Baie-Comeau clearly will have a deep team with a lot of returning players. Zykov, Girard, Gamelin, and Paquin-Boudreau will lead the offensive attack, and Chenevert, Verpaelst, and Poulin will lead the defence. Cadorette alone makes this team competitive, and they could go on another long playoff run.
20s: Delisle, Hudon, Leblanc
Euros: Rehak, Sidlik
It's hard to predict this young Tigres team. They have solid forward depth, and possibly the best goalie in the league, but for the most part, their D core is young, small, and weak. Diaby and Sidlik will need to put the work boots on night in and night out if this team wants to win hockey games, they will lead the defence. Veilleux, Delisle, and Hudon form what seems to be a solid first line, where we should see most of the production from. With Whitney in nets, this team should be able to have a shot at winning a lot of games.
20s: Boudreau, Gaudreau, Schumacher
Euros: Cupper, Koys
Shawinigan could be good, or they could be bad. It was so hard trying to predict a roster up front, because they've had so many players in and out of their line-up last winter, and after the draft yesterday. Boudreau, Gaudreau, and Beauvillier will be depended on for the majority of the scoring. Beauvillier is a born goal scorer, and playing on that top line, he may have the most points of any rookie in the league. Schumacher, a big, solid, two-way defenceman, will lead the D core with Dylan Labbé, who I expect to have an NHL rookie camp under his belt by the time the season starts. Cupper will be shutting the door down too, so don't be too surprised if this team gets hot.
20s: Archambault, Cloutier, Sylvestre
The Sags will most likely struggle this year. Their forward depth isn't great, other than superstars Hudon and Dauphin. 20 year old Sylvestre will also be relied on for a boatload of the offense. These three will be surrounded by young blood, and it wouldn't surprise me a bit to see Hudon get traded next deadline. Their defence core is actually solid, 7 of the 8 played in the Q last year, and Cloutier and Archambault will lead that group. Billia and Graham will probably split time in between the pipes.
Euro pick predictions = 2 forwards
Last edited by welcometothebigshow2: 06-09-2013 at 04:42 PM.
Cant say thank you enough to guys like yourself, and #57 for taking the time to do these "at a glance guides"
I see that you have not added an opinion of the Drakkar import.
Do you think they will bring over another forward to replace Straka?
2013-14 QMJHL Telus East Division
20s: Beauvillier, Oke, Trainor Beauvillier will not return
Euros: Bryukvin, Kostalek Bryukvin barring any suprises will not return to Rimouski next year.
Oke-Trainor-Matteau No Centers on that line
Beauvillier-Gauthier-Bryukvin Beauvillier asked for a trade, will not return, same for Bryukvin
Deluca-Hébert-Loiseau Hébert is lower in the chart than Joly, Loiseau is playing center
He's a high end American defenceman. One of the best for his age. He's playing with the USDP this upcoming season and is commited to Boston College. He's made it very clear he has no interest in major junior and will pursue hockey in the states.
#1 Rimouski (100) - great team, imagine if Simon and Matteau report
#2 Baie-Comeau (97) - will be very good next season, deep offense
#3 Victoriaville (85) - really liking this team, Whitney is god
#4 Quebec (84) - always in the mix, some good names but D is ?
#5 Chicoutimi (73) - trading Hudon at Xmas will hurt their ranking..
#6 Shawinigan (52) - Huge doubts on this team... not many decent pieces