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2012 QMJHL Playoff Breakdown

 

                                       RECORD     PTS      Record vs. Opp    GF    GA

(1)   Saint John               50-15-0-3     103              7-1                 298    180

(16) Cape Breton            23-42-1-4       49              1-7                 219    306

 

Breakdown: After setting a QMJHL record of being the first team to finish with the most points three years in a row and holding down the top ranking in the CHL it would be considered an upset if the Sea Dogs didn’t make it to the Memorial Cup. Considering the season series between these two teams and the dominance Saint John showed closing out the season Cape Breton has the near impossible task of stopping the country’s best team. The addition of Charlie Coyle (23GP, 15G, 23A, 38PTS) gave Saint John even more scoring to go along with Jonathan Huberdeau, Danick Gauthier, Tomas Jurco and Zack Phillips.

 

 

                                       RECORD      PTS      Record vs. Opp    GF    GA

(2)   Shawinigan               45-16-3-4      97              2-2                  274   179

(15) Rouyn-Noranda            24-36-4-4      52              2-2                  227   296

 

Breakdown: Shawinigan is ranked 5th overall in the CHL and wants to prove they are more than just Memorial Cup “Hosts”. The Cataractes have a balanced offensive attack with seven players registering more than 50 points. Trade deadline acquisition Brandon Gormley (Phoenix Coyotes) hasn’t played for Shawinigan since early February after accidentally being cut in the throat by a skate in a game against Saint John. Cataractes forward Kirill Kabanov (New York Islanders 3rd RD pick) looks to build on last year’s stellar playoff performance (8G, 12A in 15 games) that led Lewiston to the semi-finals. Huskies leading scorers Sven Andrighetto (68 PTS) and Denis Kamaev (51 PTS) along with the rest of Rouyn Noranda’s offence will have the tough task of scoring on the QMJHL team that allowed the least amount of goals this season.

 

 

                                        RECORD      PTS      Record vs. Opp    GF    GA

(3) Blainville-Broisbriand   40-22-4-2       86              6-2                 258    219   

(14) Gatineau                    26-32-5-5       62              2-6                 223    274

 

Breakdown: Two other teams finished with more points than Blainville-Broisbriand but the Armada get the third seed for being a division leader. Regardless they are still favoured over their first round opponent Gatineau. Jess Tanguay (22G, 53A,75 PTS) is a major part of the Armada’s scoring punch with 15 points more than the next highest Blainville scorer. Divisional rival Gatineau will have to work hard to solve Armada goaltender Etienne Marcoux who has finished the year with a sparkling 28-9-1-2 record and impressive .912 save percentage. Gatineau over hauled their team at the trade deadline and have lost 22 of 29 games since trading three of their top six scorers in January.    

 

                                       RECORD      PTS      Record vs. Opp    GF    GA

(4) Victoriaville               44-18-1-5         94             5-2                   311    228

(13) Baie-Comeau         29-34-1-4         63             2-5                   217    241                                                              

 

 

Breakdown: If the series goes anything like their last four matchups the series will be over quickly. Victoriaville out scored Baie-Comeau 24-8 in their last four wins over Baie-Comeau. Victoriaville’s high powered offense which was tops in the leauge is led by Yannie Gourde who’s 124 PTS (37G, 87A) made him the runaway winner of the QMJHL scoring race. Baie-Comeau’s acquisition of David Rose from Cape Breton (24PTS in 28 games with Baie-Comeau) has rounded out their scoring giving Carl Gelinas (61 PTS) and Tomas Filippi (53 PTS) some help on the attack.

 

 

                                     RECORD      PTS      Record vs. Opp    GF    GA

(5) Quebec                    43-18-5-2         93             1-3                  275   191                       

(12) Drummondville       28-31-2-7        65              3-1                  221   245

 

Breakdown: Patrick Roy’s Rempart had another impressive year on the backs of some impressive rookie performances finishing the season with 3 of the top 7 rookie scorers. Mikhail Grigorenko lead all QMJHL rookies in goals with 40 and  points with 85, while Anthony Duclair (66 PTS) and Adam Erne (55 PTS) also had stand out first years. Home ice advantage means a lot for Quebec who used their big crowds to register a 23-7-2-2 record in the Colisée Pepsi. Drummondville can draw inspiration from their regular season success versus Quebec winning 3 of the 4 games including the most recent matchup against the Remparts.

 

 

                                      RECORD      PTS      Record vs. Opp    GF    GA

(6) Halifax                     39-22-2-5         85                3-5                 250   238

(11) Moncton                 30-31-3-4         67                5-3                 190   228

 

Breakdown: Halifax made a drastic improvement from last year under new coach Dominique Ducharme who’s team was led by a pair of talented 16 year olds in Nathan MacKinnon and goaltender Zach Fucale. MacKinnon finished second in rookie scoring putting up 78 PTS in 58 games while Fucale recorded the second most wins in the QMJHL with 32. Wildcats twin leading scorers Alex Saulnier (83 PTS) and Allain Saulnier (79 PTS) will be who Halifax will have to key on after watching the Saulnier’s combine for 20 PTS (9G, 11A) during the 8 games they played against the Mooseheads. Moncton is strong between the pipes as well as Roman Will finished second amongst QMJHL goalies in save percentage (.913), saves (1740) and minutes played (3591). Halifax’s 24 wins at home second most games in the QMJHL in their own arena

 

 

                                    RECORD      PTS      Record vs. Opp    GF    GA

(7) Rimouski                40-26-2-0        82                2-2                260   235

(10) Val-d’Or                31-32-0-5        67                2-2                224   261

 

Breakdown: Rimouski held their own registering 40 wins while playing in the toughest division in the league. Val-d’Or will keep their eyes on the Oceanic blueline as Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc led all QMJHL defenseman in scoring amounting an impressive 72 PTS (28G, 46A) from the point. Rimouski’s Alex Belzile ended the season with the 2nd most assists (70) and tied for 4th in QMJHL scoring with 92 PTS.

 

 

  RECORD      PTS      Record vs. Opp    GF    GA

(8) Chicoutimi             35-24-3-6        79              1-1                 235   232

(9) Acadie-Bathurst     32-31-2-3        69             1-1                 250   264

 

Breakdown: Depending on which team’s big line has the best series it will likely dictate who will win the series. Chicoutimi’s combination of Guillaume Asselin (+21), Charles Hudon (+28), Lukas Sedlack (+24) upfront and Gabriel Vermette (+22) and Mathieu Gagnon (+19) on the point add up to an astonishing +119 on a team that only has a three more goals for than goals against. They will face easily the highest scoring line in the QMJHL in Bathurst’s threesome of Zach O’Brien (101 PTS), Sebastien Trudeau (95 PTS), and Matthew Bissionnette (83 PTS). O’Brien’s 51 goals were the most in the league but Chicoutimi added some firepower in the form of Jean-Gabriel Pageau who scored 32 goals in just 46 games between Gatineau and Chicoutimi.

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