The QMJHL may not be traditionally viewed as a fertile development ground for defensemen. But recent history has proved the opposite, with the league producing NHL talent such as Florida's Dmitri Kulikov and Pittsburgh's Kris Letang as well as top prospects like Montreal's Nathan Beaulieu and Phoenix's Brandon Gormley.
With that said, the cycle may be returning back to a natural mean. It may yet be too early to tell but the 2013 NHL Draft class, though impressive overall for the QMJHL, does not feature much in the way of high-caliber defensive talent coming out of the league.
There are currently 13 defensemen playing in the QMJHL whose rights are owned by NHL teams.… read more