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Tomas Lavoie chosen first without suspense

Tomas Lavoie chosen first without suspense


This initial round of the QMJHL draft did not give rise to great suspense like that expected in the National League in Montreal on Thursday. With the first selection, the Cape Breton Eagles set their sights yesterday on defenseman Tomas Lavoie, ranked at the top by the recruiting support center. 

Lavoie, 6 ft 3 and 190 lbs, is a product of Esther-Blondin College whose style of play, despite his 16 years, is compared to that of Noah Dobson, of the New York Islanders. 

“I can bring a lot of offense, but also do the work defensively when necessary,” explained Lavoie, as part of the special program that the QMJHL held for this draft session. 

< p>An auction which, for the third year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic, took place virtually.

All the teams were gathered in their own bunker, often in their amphitheater, like that of the Remparts de Québec at the Videotron Centre. 

Never mind, Cape Breton, who had obtained the first choice thanks to the famous abacus, had decided to make the evening special for its newcomer, who was able to meet former members of the organization such as Pierre-Luc Dubois and Drake Batherson. 

Among the Eagles, there was consensus around the choice of Lavoie, who was “a must,” said the team's head scout, Patrick Leblond. 

“He's a defender giant format, which skates very well and which has a very good throw,” listed Mr. Lavoie. 

A first in 27 years

The second team to call a player, the Victoriaville Tigres opted for 15-year-old goaltender Gabriel D'Aigle, from the Saint-Hyacinthe Gauls. 

The last goalkeeper to have been selected at this rank by a team from the Courteau circuit was a certain Roberto Luongo… 27 years ago. 

A feat of arms that the young hockey player of 6 ft 3 in from Sorel-Tracy described it as “impressive”, while rejoicing to end up so “close [to home] and in a great organization”.

The bet Boisvert

While the Remparts had no first-round picks this year, the Chicoutimi Saguenéens had no less than four (including the 18th, which initially belonged to Quebec City). 

With the third selection in total, general manager Yanick Jean has drafted Rimouski striker Maxim Massé, who will wear the uniform of the great rivals of the team from his hometown. 

And with the 12th selection, Jean took the risk of choosing Sacha Boisvert, a promising striker from Trois-Rivières who was ranked third in the list of winners of this selection session. 

Boisvert is however playing in the United United for two seasons and he is already committed to a USHL team, which means that the chances of seeing him in Saguenay are very slim. 

Ditto for Xavier Veilleux, who Chicoutimi has picked 16th.

Rounds 2 to 14 of the QMJHL draft take place Tuesday, starting at 9 a.m.

Choice of the 1st turn

1. Cape Breton – Tomas Lavoie, defender

2. Victoriaville – Gabriel D'Aigle, goalkeeper

3. Chicoutimi – Maxim Massé, forward

4. Baie-Comeau – Justin Poirier, forward

5. Rimouski (from Val-d'Or) – Spencer Gill, defenseman

6. Rouyn-Noranda – Bill Zonnon, forward

7. Halifax (from Moncton) – Owen Phillips, defenseman

< em>8. Blainville-Boisbriand – Éliot Lallemand, forward

9. Rimouski (from Drummondville) – Quinn Kennedy, forward

10. Baie Comeau (from Rimouski) – Julien Lanthier, defender

11. Cape Breton (from Halifax) – William Shields, Forward

12. Chicoutimi (from Shawinigan) – Sacha Boisvert, forward

13. Cape Breton (Chicoutimi) – Thomas Desruisseaux, forward

14. Moncton (Gatineau) – Adam Fortier-Gendron, defenseman

15. Rimouski (from Sherbrooke) – Anthony Paré, defender 

16. Chicoutimi (from Saint-Jean) – Xavier Veilleux, defender 

17. Val-d'or (from Charlottetown) – Nathan Brisson, forward

18. Chicoutimi (from Quebec) – Jérémy Leroux, forward 

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