Short but Sweet Season for Jérémy Grégoire

Photo: Maxime Picard, Archives La Tribune

After missing the first half of the season, Jérémy Grégoire returned to post 62 points in 44 games split between the regular season and playoffs | Photo: Maxime Picard, Archives La Tribune

The 2014-2015 campaign didn’t look like it was going to amount to much for Jérémy Grégoire. Grégoire, the captain of Baie-Comeau, suffered a wrist injury, sidelining him for more than half the season. Furthermore, B-C traded away former 40-goal scorer Valentin Zykov, a top-four defender in Alexis Vanier, and role player Bokondji Imama

Despite the obstacles, Grégoire and his Drakkar found a way to have a tremendous season. Maxime St-Cyr recorded 54 goals (the same amount of points he had last season), while overagers Luca Ciampini and Frédéric Gamelin posted the best seasons of their QMJHL career. However, it was perhaps Grégoire that helped push the team to their third straight round three appearance.

The relentless forward returned in spectacular fashion, notching 41 points in just 32 games. The run culminated with a fabulous five-point performance versus Rouyn-Noranda. Just like the two previous seasons, Grégoire’s play improved in the playoffs, this time posting 21 points in just 12 games. He continued to be shot machine, averaging 5.18 shots on goal per game. His points-per-game pace was the highest on the team, and in the games that he played he contributed on nearly 40% of points Baie-Comeau players tallied.

**Statistics courtesy of CHLStats.com**PointsPPGeP/60TmPt%eTOINHLe
#411.284.939.81%15.6927
Rank on Team4th1st3rd1st4th-

Grégoire’s overall play improved even more than his statistics did. The Sherbrooke, Québec native continued to combine his puck hounding, two-way style with a never-ending motor. He developed his long-distance shooting and playmaking skills—a continuation of last season. He has always been a highly intelligent player; however, this past season he was even more effective at locating open ice and anticipating the play.

Despite these improvements, Grégoire remains a shoot-first, garbage goal type with merely average footwork. His upside at the NHL is level is probably limited to a bottom-six role because of his simplistic game. However, what is so great about Grégoire is that he recognizes his flaws and plays within his skill level. The result is a player who rarely makes mistakes, efficiently wins battles, and consistently creates scoring chances. He never deviates from this style, and that is why Grégoire had such a successful QMJHL career.

Next season, Grégoire will presumably turn pro. He already signed his entry-level contract with the Canadiens, and will most likely be in St. John’s. Grégoire’s lack of high-end skill/physical tools put him towards the bottom of the lineup. However, his work ethic and surprising effectiveness could make him a solid contributor to St. John’s as early as next season.

 

Note: I highly recommend checking out CHLStats.com. It’s important to keep in mind that many of the statistics are estimates, so I would advise to focus on the placement relative to the team/league, not the number itself.

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