I can hardly see them winning the Memorial Cup next May, but they are a better team than a .500 team for sure imo. First they had a lot of injured players. One of their best forwards, Kevin Veilleux, is out for the season and will only come back for the Mem Cup tournament. Also they went to get some pretty good players during the last trade period, including defensemen Marc-André Bourdon and Maxime Ouimet and forward Logan MacMillan, so they improved. And with what they paid for these guys and the players that are going away next year (Cornet might go in Rouyn next year as part of the Bourdon deal), they won't be better next year, in fact I think they'll go back in the bottom of the standings. But they still have a very doubtful goalie in Maxim Gougeon, and with Tavares going to London he's going to have a very tough time there if the Knights make it there.
My friend is a huge Drummondville fan and lived through some lean years, so he is pumped.
I should of names this thread " Are Rimouski Worthy of Host " title.
How does the QHL stack up now in power rankings. Not going by some league stat thing but what fans really think.
The OHL Western Conference showdown in the OHL should be London/ Windsor which will be a war. Both are so loaded with talent they are sick. London now have 4 NHL first round picks with many other picks as well. It's a shame both are in same Conference because both are the two power house teams.
Keep us up to date Q,lers.
ps. Tavares is on London now but they were already sold out for the season. All it's done now is brought a heavy amount of scalpers to town from Toronto. A set of game tickets can now fetch 200 to 400 bucks...for four.
i would put desrocher ahead of silik on the 4th line
btw, really like this kid Deslisle-houde (hardworking guy with underated skills)
hope dupod is good because gougeon is ****ing awful, but now they have 3 d-man that can play over 25-30min a game with bourdon, piche and ouimet and 2 17yo pp specialist with kavanagh and fournier and an underated quiet d-man in alexandre brunet
on offense they should be fine with 3 good line (they need cornet and caron to take their game to anothe level like cormier did this year)
Now take some of them are injured / have been injured .
They really do have a good team , with great coaching .
I think people are shoving them under the bus a little early . Its not what happens in the regular season , its whats happens in the playoffs . Why dont we wait until then before you kick them out of the mem cup.
Last year, they had many injured players all season and they were finally healthy for the playoffs. They eliminated top team Baie-Comeau in 4 games. If they're healthy, they'll be competitive enough for the Memorial Cup.
Rimouski went out made themselves significantly better during the trade window...they improved their weaknesses...their record (including mountains of injuries) should not effect their ability to host given that they are definitely a top team on paper now...
thats the problem they had their full lineup for what 1 game this year???
Veilleux has been really good since he returned from the injury list and their newcomer are all doing a great job
Ouimet: i really like him, great defensively, block shot, hit (lead the league in hit once again) play much bigger than his size
Bourdon: has been great so far offensively and along the board but has made some mistake in his own zone but thats not a big deal
MacMillan: didnt realized how good he was but he's playing sound two-way hockey + he hits/fight...playing on a line with cormier and caron (all 3 member of that line over 6"2 200lbs, thats a power forward line)
What's your impression of Luca Cunti? His stats are pretty decent, maybe a bit less than expected of a 19-year old with his skill playing in an offensive league. Which line does he play on? PP/PK time? The knock on him was that he looks lazy sometimes and soft in his own end.
Cunti is good on the third line, but he wasn't when Rimouski was plagued by injuries. Anyway, now that everyone is back, he's right where he should be on the third line. Like you said, he's often lazy and doesn't use his size enough. For a 19 yo euro, he should be more dominant, but he isn't. He is not that bad but I don't think he'll be in the NHL one day.
What I see of Rimouski this year : they're very inconstants... They win 5 games, they lose 5, they win 4, they lose 7, they win 11, etc.
They have a lot of over-rated players like Logan MacMillan and Maxime Gougeon! Especially the last one... When Groulx told to the press that he found his weakness, he just became to much stress and we know the following.
OK, they have some players who's gonna return soon (or they are maybe already) like Keven Veilleux and Olivier Fortier, but everybody know that it's not two players that change a team... especially in the junior!