Catching the Flame: QMJHL End of Season Report Cards - Joshua Roy, Riley Kidney, Xavier Simono and William Trudeau

Catching the Flame: QMJHL End of Season Report Cards – Joshua Roy, Riley Kidney, Xavier Simono and William Trudeau

Welcome back catch the torchwhere we watch the outlook for North America in the Montreal Canadiens and how their development progresses week by week.

This time around, we’ll be ranking the regular seasons of the Habs prospects who play in QMJHL – Joshua Roy, Riley Kidney, Xavier Simoneau and William Trudeau. All four were added to the Habs pipeline in the 2021 NHL Draft, and they had interesting stories to follow throughout their post-draft campaigns.

We’ll start with QMJHL’s leading regular season scorer in Roy, and move down the pipeline with scores for Kidney, Simoneau and Trudeau, respectively. We’ll take a look at their strengths and weaknesses and their expected trajectory next season.

Before getting into it, a quick reminder of how the grading system works: There is a seasonal score, in which we evaluate a potential client’s performance and whether it has met, exceeded or underperformed its expectations. Next, we rank his individual skills – skating, stick handling, puck retrieving and receptions, physicals, off-disc play, passing and shooting – in terms of their current state.

Joshua Roy, W/C – Sherbrooke Phoenix

Season grade: A +

We start with QMJHL’s top scorer, who exploded onto the scene after underperforming in the draft year and slipped all the way into the Habs lap for 150th overall in the 2021 NHL Draft. Roy scored 51 goals and made 68 assists in fourth in the league, and also made him The attacking double-threat striker is the league’s top scorer by three goals. Only William Dufour, the 20-year-old in the fifth round of the New York Islanders, crossed the 110-point mark along with Roy, and at 6’3″ and 205 pounds, Dufour’s size gives him a huge advantage over his car. Young peers Roy doesn’t have .

Its advanced metrics tell the tale of a potential client who simply took control of the offensive side of the disc. Roy’s primary tool for generating insult is his ability to get lost in the course coverage. His expected goals and shot size combined suggest that the attacker is aiming for dangerous ice, and doesn’t hesitate to shoot once he gets there.

Furthermore, Roy’s ability to play the puck in dangerous areas for his teammates is rewarded by the top five percent ratings in his key pass rate, the amount of passes into the holes, and especially his ability to prepare a teammate to shoot him. . His not-highest completion rate, combined with the rate of gambling pass attempts, indicates that Roy often looks for challenging play in order to locate a teammate in a key position to score.

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Disc skills are tempting, but the prospect isn’t without its weaknesses. His skating still needs some polishing, and his physical involvement isn’t as regular as it should be (although when he does step in, he wins his fights at a higher rate than 94% of his peers). Both areas have seen improvements, however, and Roy may be ready to make the jump to the NHL much sooner than anyone expected. Having just turned 19 in August, the striker has an entry contract to his name already, and could at least enter a nine-game trial with the Hab in 2022-23 before being likely brought back to dominate again. , especially if the Hab is aiming for another year to rebuild.

An honorable mention of Roy’s 12-point tally over four games to start his playoff campaign with the Phoenix team. In the latest QMJHL update, I mentioned the need for Roy to show that he can dig deep and find additional equipment that comes in match time. Mission accomplished so far. Roy could join Laval Rocket for a playoff boost if the post-Phoenix season ends early.

Rankings of individual skill classes:

Skating: C +
Handling: B +
Puck Retrieval/Receptions: B
Physical: C +
Play Off Disc: B +

Riley Kidney, C – Acadian Bathurst Titan

grade season:

One of only seven potential QMJHL players to beat the 100-point mark, Kidney has had 30 goals and 70 assists in 66 games, which also earned him a junior contract alongside Roy. The potential player’s visibility and extensive passing arsenal make him one of the best playmakers in the league, and his shot has grown into a decent asset for him, although improvements are still needed when he fires a puck-ball with a stride.

Kidney’s expected targets are more dominant in the data set than his actual targets, indicating that potential shot selection, previously a problem, is getting stronger. His play-making and transfer numbers make up the bulk of his overall position in the top 5% of QMJHLers when it comes to advanced metrics, with the striker creating area entries and scoring opportunities at a level close to that of the league. Like Roy, his kidney success rate is average compared to his tendency to create high-risk chances for his teammates, which indicates a threat-based pass mentality.

Another interesting component of this data set is the ability of the kidneys to generate junk food. This mainly comes from his outstanding level of competition – you rarely see Kidney resign in a play, and when he chooses to climb onto the puck stand, he has the strength and motivation to push through the connection and get the puck. His ability to win puck fights along the boards has also improved quite a bit over the course of the season, with the prospect now getting smarter with his physical involvement and the way he approaches the opponent in 50/50 contests.

He gets to pinch a lot, and tries a lot of crunches, but his upper hand that’s locked at his hip leads to some sloppy pucks and sometimes unnecessary flips. Furthermore, Kidney’s skate move takes a great deal of work to become a force, and a potential client may sometimes find themselves out of position when defending their territory. The plan is likely to be another year at QMJHL for Kidney, but we’ll have a clearer idea of ​​what his immediate future holds when training camp begins this fall.

Rankings of individual skill classes:

Skiing: c
Handling: b
Puck Retrieval/Receptions: B +
Physical: b
Playing off disk: b
Scrolling: A +
Archery: b

Xavier Simoneau, LW/C – Charlottetown Islanders

grade season:

Although Simono’s season was reduced to 48 games as a result of two injuries, Probability managed to score 24 goals and 62 assists for 86 points in that period, placing him in the top three for points per match (1.79) behind Roy (1.80). . (66 games) and the Dallas Stars won the first round by picking Maverick Burke (2.19 in 31 games). In an entire season, prospect was in full swing for 118 points, which would have made him a runner-up to the QMJHL scoring title.

Simoneau’s advanced gauges show the absolute dominance of the 5’7-inch forward, both with and without the disc. His game making is almost irreparable, with very little preventing him from communicating with his teammates all over the ice, but especially in dangerous areas. On top of that, the understated striker is the league’s elite in both discus retention and keeping him away from his opponents.

Andy Lehawkes, FC Hockey’s QMJHL scout and author of these player cards, states that only Bourke has set better overall metrics than Habs’ No. 191 pick in 2021. Although Simono will turn 21 in less than a week he is in His final year of QMJHL eligibility, these metrics indicate that a potential customer has a tremendous impact on the game when they step on the ice.

From his formidable vision and professional habits, to his unparalleled vigor and intensity, to his drive and ability to motivate his teammates, there is a lot to like about San Andrés Avlin’s character as a player. The main hits in his game, other than his size, are his choppy skating streak and tendency to get injured often as a result of his intense playing style. However, Simono proper has the ability to dictate the course of a hockey game on his own.

Look for him to join Laval Rocket soon – either at the end of the playoff round from the Charlottetown Islanders, or this fall. It would be great to watch him evolve as a professional over the next few years.

Rankings of individual skill classes:

Skiing: b-
Handling: B +
Puck Retrieval/Receptions: B +
Physical: B +
Play Off Disc: B +
Archery: b

William Trudeau, LD – Inhabitant of Charlottetown Island

Season grade: b

Trudeau’s season has been mixed defensively, but Prospect has built a decent offensive season with eight goals and 36 assists for 44 points in 68 games played, as well as some attractive advanced metrics with the puck.

Trudeau’s ability to regularly strike on goal and do so from close range made him the 6% best defense in terms of expected goals, although the discus was not frequently repeated due to his lack of high accuracy. His game industry has been near the top of the charts all season, in great numbers both in terms of quantity and quality. Only three players from the QMJHL Blue team were able to make more equal first passes (14) than he had.

Transitionally, Trudeau does an excellent job of getting the puck out of his area and finding a passing option at the offensive blue line. This is the most common decision-making pattern when breaking a disk, and it is a very effective preference pattern.

Efficiency is the best word to describe Trudeau. Not the biggest at 6’0″ and 183 pounds, neither the fastest nor the most skilled, he relies on his superior handling to help him find the shortest point between defense and attack. His passes are counted, his skating patterns serve a purpose, and he has a growing talent for stopping opposing rushes before they happen. , with timely neutral zone pinches and an active stick at the offensive blue line Defending while skiing backwards is still a problem, especially in his own zone, but he often has his best defensive moments in the third period, a sign that the player is able to read and adapt with competitive systems efficiently.

An increase in size and work on the chests in the region are the next steps in Trudeau’s development, and the 19-year-old still has two seasons of QMJHL work available to him to do so. His intelligence is a tool he can build around to make himself a serviceable defensive man down the road.

Rankings of individual skill classes:

Skiing: b
Handling: b
Puck Retrieval/Receptions: b-
Physical: c
Playing off the disc: b-
Pass: B +
Archery: b

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2022-05-12 10:00:00

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