QMJHL Quad Aces: 10 Players That Will Make You Jump Out Of Your Seat
Fans hoped to see the first four teams in the general classification reach the semi-finals and they are served. There is a reason why the Remparts, the Sherbrooke Phœnix, the Gatineau Olympiques and the Halifax Mooseheads all collected 100 points in the standings during the regular season: they have very high-level players who alone are worth the entrance ticket price. We present ten to you.
Zach Dean, Center, Gatineau Olympics
Playoff stats: 9 games, 9 goals, 14 assists, 23 points
Zach Dean's production has been inhuman so far in the playoffs. It's still very early days, but he's definitely one of the candidates for Most Valuable Player so far. This effective two-way forward, a first-round pick of the Vegas Golden Knights in 2021 (he has since been traded to the St. Louis Blues), leads a line completed by Antonin Verreault and Cole Cormier, in addition to 'playing on the advantage and shorthanded.
🚨 ZACH DEAN! | @StLouisBlues
🍎 Antonin Verreault
🍏 Isaac Belliveau | @penguins
ROU | 0-4 | GAT#goOLgo♠️ pic.twitter.com/tfdQLCFIel
— Gatineau Olympics (@OlympiquesGAT) April 15, 2023
Joshua Roy, Left-handed winger, Sherbrooke Phœnix
Playoff stats: 8 games, 10 goals, 11 assists, 21 points
Is anyone really surprised to see the prospect of the Montreal Canadiens raise their level of play in the playoffs? Throughout his career, the Beauceron have shown that they are in top form when it counts and that is still what they do with the Phoenix, which many continue to consider as the favorites to win the Gilles-Trophy. Courteau. After gold at the World Juniors, the Gilles-Courteau trophy for Roy?
Justin Robidas, Centre, Quebec Remparts
Playoff stats: 8 games, 4 goals, 11 assists, 15 points
Acquired by the Remparts during the last trade period, Robidas got off to a slow start with his new roster, but he has been proving Patrick Roy right for more than a month. Robidas has until June 1 to convince the Carolina Hurricanes to offer him an entry-level contract, and what he's done so far in the playoffs can only help him. In addition, he wants to win after having experienced the bitterness of a defeat in the final, in 2021, with the Foreurs de Val-d'Or.
What a baseball player, this Justin Robidas! ⚾️#DeQuébecPourQuébec pic.twitter.com/SUNuHyXAWX
— XYZ – Quebec Remparts (@quebec_remparts) March 15, 2023
Tristan Luneau, Defender, Gatineau Olympiques
< strong>Stats in playoffs: 9 games, 2 goals, 11 assists, 13 points
Luneau has just been named the defenseman par excellence in the QMJHL. The Ducks' second-round pick in the last draft, he silenced just about everyone who doubted him last season. Luneau is the general on the blue line of the Olympiques, and his contribution is even more important since the team learned that the season of Noah Warren, another prospect of the Ducks, was over. A defender who can change the look of a game single-handedly.
Zachary L'Heureux, Left Winger, Halifax Mooseheads
Stats in playoffs: 9 games, 6 goals, 8 assists, 14 points
Zachary L’Heureux is the enfant terrible of the QMJHL, there is no other way to put it. And he likes it! The Nashville Predators' first-round pick takes pleasure in disturbing the opposition in any way possible. But it's not just a plague, he knows how to play hockey and he showed it in the second round by scoring six goals in the last four games of the series against the Moncton Wildcats.
Nashville 1st round pick Zachary L'Heureux just keeps on scoring with @HFXMooseheads.
What a deke!! Holy Moly!! A thing of beauty.
@happy_zachary @OctagonHockey pic.twitter.com/8pza1pwYu3
— Allan Walsh🏒 (@walsha) April 20, 2023
Nathan Gaucher, Centre, Quebec Remparts
Playoff stats: 8 games, 5 goals, 5 assists, 10 points
Nathan Gaucher probably doesn't have the attacking instincts of some other players on this list, but his impact goes way beyond points. Named best defensive forward in the QMJHL this season, Gaucher is a nightmare for opposing teams to face. Physically imposing, he does not hesitate to distribute good checks, in addition to being one of the best on the circuit in the face-off circle. A player cut out for the playoffs.
Nate the greaaaat! 👌#DeQuébecPourQuébec pic.twitter.com/zXHU9siaX2
— XYZ – Quebec Remparts (@quebec_remparts) March 18, 2023
Tyson Hinds, Defender, Sherbrooke Phoenix
< strong>Playoff stats: 8 games, no goals, 4 assists, 4 points
How can a defender who only has four points in the playoffs end up in a section reserved for players who are worth the ticket alone? You have to watch Hinds perform on the ice to understand what a dominant junior defenseman he is. His defensive work earned him a spot with Junior Team Canada in December, and he was recently named Best Defensive Defenseman in the QMJHL.
< p lang="en" dir="ltr">#FlyTogether prospect Tyson Hinds' third point of the night makes it 6-1 @PhoenixSherbroo #CHLonTSN | @AnaheimDucks pic.twitter.com/2u3qKrEOsY
— Canadian Hockey League (@CHLHockey) February 11, 2023
Jordan Dumais, Right Winger, Halifax Mooseheads
< strong>Stats in playoffs: 9 games, 4 goals, 12 assists, 16 points
He may not be producing at the same rate as in the regular season, but the league scoring champion has still made his presence felt offensively since the start of the playoffs. His critics blamed Dumais for collecting the majority of his points this season against weaker teams, and he will have the opportunity in the third round to show that he can produce against the powerful Phoenix.
Riley Kidney, Centre, Gatineau Olympics< /h3>
Playoff stats: 9 games, 4 goals, 14 assists, 18 points
The second-round pick of the Canadiens in 2021 has been a real points machine since the trade that took him from Bathurst to Gatineau: he scored 65 in 29 regular season games (!), then he just add 18 in nine playoff games, for a total of 83 in 38 games. A highly dynamic player who pilots perhaps the best line in the league with Alexis Gendron and Olivier Nadeau.
Kidney makes it 4-0!
Kidney makes it 4-0!#goOLgo♠️ pic.twitter.com/fMDu1nTLSN
— Gatineau Olympics (@OlympiquesGAT) April 19, 2023
Zachary Bolduc, Left winger, Quebec Remparts
Playoff statistics: 8 games, 6 goals, 3 assists, 9 points
< p>Zachary Bolduc probably has the best one-timer shot in the QMJHL. This weapon has allowed him to score at least 50 goals in the last two seasons and he has scored six times in eight games since the start of the playoffs. After a lackluster series last year, he has the opportunity to prove that he can raise his level of play when it counts, and the Remparts will need his scoring skills against Gatineau.
* Note that the statistics do not take into account the match of Friday night between Quebec and Gatineau.