QMJHL Central Scouting unveils the final prospects list
BOUCHERVILLE, QC | Monday, May 7, 2018 – Forward Hendrix Lapierre of the Gatineau Intrépides is the top draft-eligible prospect on the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Central Scouting final rankings list for the upcoming QMJHL Entry Draft.
The QMJHL today released its final rankings prospects list for the entry draft, which will be held at the Centre Gervais Auto in Shawinigan on Saturday, June 2nd. QMJHL Central Scouting Director, Carl Bouchard, and his team of experienced scouts scrutinized thousands of players over the course of the past season.
The first round is comprised of 14 forwards and 4 defensemen. Hendrix Lapierre of the Gatineau Intrépides in the Quebec Midget AAA League was named the No. 1 prospect ahead of William Villeneuve (2) and Patrick Guay (3) both of the Magog Cantonniers.
Lapierre, a 5-foot-11 and 161 pounds forward, had 17 goals and 40 assists in 35 games last season. He added 10 points in nine playoff contests. He is widely recognized as the top playmaker in this year’s draft and has the appreciated quality of making his teammates better. Lapierre is considered to be a very good skater and can control the puck at high speeds. The powerful forward is also very good at protecting the puck and is hard to stop when he rushes from the outside. He is a gifted offensive player and a fierce competitor. The Gatineau native impressed QMJHL scouts at the 2018 Gatorade Excellence Challenge with a nine-point tournament, leading Quebec-Blue to a 7-1 win in the championship final versus Quebec-White.
From the Maritimes, this year’s top prospect is Josh Lawrence of the Selects Academy U16 (New Brunswick), who comes in 6th on the list. The top ranked Nova Scotian is Halifax Macs forward Alex Drover who is 20th and ranked as an early second round pick.
Click here to download the full rankings list.