Revenge of the Defenders

Revenge of the Defenders

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For some reason difficult to explain, Quebec has never been a great breeding ground for defenders. And this, although quality backs from the Belle Province have set foot on the NHL rinks.

This is still the case today. Last season, only 11 Quebec defenders played at least 50 games in the Bettman circuit. Six more were limited to six and under.

This rarity comes as no surprise to anyone who has diligently followed the drafts for the past 10 years. Since 2012, only 48 QMJHL guards have found takers, for an average of less than five per auction. And in most cases, we are talking about late picks.

During this same period, only six were called in the first round. On it, one was from Nova Scotia and another was from Prince Edward Island.

Moreover, we have to go back to 1982 to see three Quebec defenders claimed among the first 32, the equivalent of the current first round. The lucky winners were Michel Petit (11th, Vancouver), René Badeau (28th, Chicago) and Jocelyn— Gauvreau (31st, Montreal).

The spirit of competition

Therefore, it may seem surprising to see the names of Maveric Lamoureux (20th), Tristan Luneau (24th) and Noah Warren (33rd) among those likely to be called in the first round.

“&nbsp ;Since we were young, the 2004 crop of defenders, we've always been pretty good, even when we were playing tournaments in the United States or elsewhere,” said Warren, Olympics color holder. Gatineau.

“Maveric, Tristan and I played on the same summer teams. We may have improved by pushing each other, he added. In fact, Tristan and I continue to do it every day. 

For his part, Lamoureux sees it more as a matter of global recognition of what is being done in Quebec.

“It’s a good thing. In Quebec, we are starting to develop more and more good players, he said. We are now with very good programs, from minor hockey to the QMJHL, including midget AAA. I think we've improved everywhere.”

Since it must be taken into account that the NHL Central Scouting draws up a separate list for North American players and those playing in Europe, it would be surprising if Luneau, Lamoureux and Warren all heard their names in the first round. .

However, in the worst-case scenario, they shouldn't spend too much time inside the Bell Center on Friday, when rounds 2 to 7 of the repechage take place. 

Maveric Lamoureux

Right Hand | 6 ft 7 in < strong>|199 lb

  • Drummondville Voltigeurs
  • 20th North American prospect

“Lamoureux is a guy who skates well, who is good with the puck. He is a very agile defender for his size. »

– An employee of an Eastern team< /em> 

Tristan Luneau

Right-handed | 6 ft 2 in| 189 lb

  • Gatineau Olympics
  • 24th  north american hopeful

“Of the three, Luneau is the most intelligent, the most natural. He has excellent hockey sense. He is a player capable of creating scoring chances. ”

– A scout for a team in the East 

Noah Warren

Right-Handed | 6&nbsp ;ft 5 in | 224 lb

  • Olympiques de Gatineau
  • < li dir="auto">33rd North American prospect

“Warren is muscularly ready. He is big, fat and strong. It is his strength. But in addition, it skates well. He makes good first passes. He has elements to become an NHL player. ”

– A Western scout