Habs QMJHL Prospect Report: 2014-2015 Regular Season

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Photo Credit: Jonathan Roy, Quebec Remparts

 

This is the final report of the QMJHL regular season concerning Habs prospects playing in the QMJHL: Daniel Audette, Jérémy Grégoire and Zachary Fucale.

 

Daniel Audette, Sherbrooke Phoenix

Daniel had a good season with the Phoenix, who ended the season with a positive record for the first time in its history. The son of former NHLer Donald Audette picked up a team-leading 73 points in just 60 games while alternating between the first and second lines. He wasn’t as consistent as last year, but he really stepped his game up on several occasions, putting up 9 3+points games, including a spectacular 6-point night on October 24th against the Moncton Wildcats, who ended up second in the standings this season. This performance helped him clinch the CHL player of the week award for the October 20th to October 26th period.

Audette scored 14 of his 29 goals on the power-play this year, which is a great improvement over the 7 he scored during the previous campaign. He also improved his +/- differential to -16, as he was -37 in 2013-2014 when his team finished at the bottom of the standings. Of course, playing on a more competitive team helps a lot improving this kind of stats.

Sherbrooke is the 8th seed team in the playoffs and will face the 9th seed Charlottetown Islanders, starting Friday March 27th. Audette is expected to play on the first line with his long-time partner David Storto and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Cameron Darcy. All three have had some success together this season, piling up over 50 points each.

 

Jérémy Grégoire, Baie-Comeau Drakkar

Grégoire suffered a wrist injury at Habs rookie camp and had to go through surgery, which ruined his chances of participating in the World Junior Hockey Championships. He made his season debut on December 28th and was able to play 32 games since then, in which he picked up 41 points, including 20 goals. He led the Drakkar with a 1.28 point per game ratio, and spent 59 minutes in the sin bin.

He also has become a more consistent threat this season by directing more pucks to the net. He shot 159 times in just 32 games, which represents an average of almost 5 shots per game, compared to just over 4 last season. Over half of these shots (87 out of 159) were considered as dangerous (the QMJHL keeps count of shots taken in the dangerous areas, which is the equivalent to scoring chances).

Off the ice, Jay Greg is a nominee for the Marcel-Robert Trophy, awarded to the Scholastic Player of the Year.

The Drakkar had a rough season ending and dropped a few positions, but finally finished in the 7th position and will face the Sea Dogs in the first round.

 

Zachary Fucale, Halifax Mooseheads – Quebec Remparts

Fucale began the season with the Halifax Mooseheads, a team left empty by the last few years’ long playoff runs that led to veteran departures. With Jonathan Drouin now in the pros and Nikolaj Ehlers missing a few games while he was at the Winnipeg Jets training camp, the Herd struggled to produce offensively, which made it hard for Zach to win some games. However, he still managed to earn a 13-9-1-1 record, along with a 3.20 GAA, a .890 save percentage and 2 shutouts before leaving for the World Juniors and being traded to the Quebec Remparts.

Zach played extremely well at the World Juniors, leading his team to the Gold medal in Toronto. He went undefeated through the entire tournament, posting a 5-0 record along with a 1.20 GAA and a .939 efficiency.

Things have unfortunately been a little more difficult for Fucale since joining the Remparts: he registered a 8-8-0-0 record, a 3.22 GAA and a .877 save percentage in that period, with only one shutout. However, he has already proven his worth in the playoffs and even if Callum Booth is expected to be in goal for game #1 on March 27th, Zach could very well bounce back if he gets the call.

The Quebec Remparts are ranked 4th in the QMJHL, and will face the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, who are ranked 13th.

 

Follow me on twitter @CarignanTQN to get the latest news on Habs prospects playing in the ‘Q’, particularly Daniel Audette who plays for the team I cover for another media.

 

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