2004 QMJHL Prospects: January ranking

By Phil Laugher

With the passing of the trading deadline in the QMJHL in early January, a weight was lifted off of many shoulders. No longer would any of the top QMJHL prospects have to worry about where they would finish playing their season; they could now focus on the stretch drive in the regular season, towards the QMJHL playoffs, and could focus on improving their draft status for the June NHL Entry Draft.

Slovakian-born Chicoutimi Saguneens forward Stanislav Lascek posted an incredible month of January, jumping onto many pre-draft radars by claiming the QMJHL Rookie of the Month award for the month. Lascek went on an offensive outburst this month, posting ten goals and nine assists in thirteen games, equalling the month’s offensive output of fellow rookie and Team Canada representative Sidney Crosby.

The top QMJHL prospect for the NHL Entry Draft, Lewiston MAINEiacs forward Alexandre Picard continued his offensive ways in January, posting his best month of the season, notching seventeen points (eight of which came as goals), to lead Lewiston on a long unbeaten streak. Picard’s solid performance thus far this season earned him a top-five ranking in the Central Scouting Bureau’s mid-term ranking. His great play this year also played a role in his receiving an invite to the CHL Top Prospects Game, in London Ontario on January 21st. Picard was one of eight QMJHL players to play in the nationally-televised game, the others being Gatineau Olympiques speedster Petr Pohl, slick Halifax Mooseheads import >Jan Steber, Victoriaville power forward Renaud des Alliers, massive Moncton forward Bruce Graham, offensively gifted PEI forward David Laliberte, import Rimouski defenseman Michal Sersen, and Shawinigan goaltender Julien Ellis.

While the number of offensively gifted players in the 2004 QMJHL draft class may be comparatively thin when looking at past seasons, and there may not be very much high-end depth on defense, one group of players in the following list that is not lacking are power forwards who can chip in offensively. Renaud des Alliers, Rimouski forward Mark Tobin, Latvian-born Moncton forward Martin Karsums, American-born Quebec Remparts tank Jordan LaVallee, and hulking Val d’Or forward Patrick Bordeleau are just a few of the heavy-hitting QMJHLers that will be on radars in the weeks leading up to the NHL Entry Draft.

Here are the top thirty draft eligible players from the QMJHL, as of the end of January:

#

Player

Team

H

W

GP

G

A

P

PIM
W/L/T

+/-
GAA

HITS
SV%
1

Alexandre Picard (F)

LEW

6’01”

188

50

31

31

62

72

12

46
2

Petr Pohl (F)

GAT

5’11”

170

52

21

20

41

10

9

9
3

Julien Ellis (G)

SHA

6’00”

186

46

0

0

0

26-13-2

2.80

.920
4

Bruce Graham (F)

MON

6’06”

220

50

13

28

41

68

-8

62
5

David Laliberte (F)

PEI

6’01”

195

53

19

18

37

34

6

91
6

Frederik Cabana (F)

HAL

6’01”

185

52

14

17

31

50

-2

64
7

Olivier Latendresse (F)

VDO

5’10”

185

34

14

24

38

20

-9

12
8

Michal Sersen (D)

RIM

6’02”

190

33

6

12

18

24

19

93
9

Martin Houle (G)

CB

5’11”

171

45

0

3

3

32-11-1

2.23

.921
10

Mark Tobin (F)

RIM

6’03”

206

53

18

13

31

94

5

122
11

Jan Steber (F)

HAL

6’03”

192

51

12

13

25

30

-9

25
12

Renaud des Alliers (F)

VIC

6’01”

180

48

17

14

31

76

6

114
13

Philippe Roberge (G)

RN

5’11”

179

36

0

0

0

13-10-3

3.40

.895
14

Nick Fugere (F)

GAT

6’02”

230

45

9

11

20

112

8

93
15

Martin Karsums (F)

MON

5’10”

180

42

25

13

38

55

3

105
16

Stanislav Lascek (F)

CHI

6’01”

176

43

13

26

39

35

11

10
17

Jason Churchill (G)

HAL

6’04”

190

41

0

0

0

13-20-4

3.50

.891
18

Benoit Doucet (F)

VIC

5’09”

170

48

16

24

40

54

E

45
19

Jordan LaVallee (F)

QUE

6’02”

218

51

6

10

16

88

-17

165
20

Patrick Bordeleau (F)

VDO

6’05”

195

50

7

6

13

76

-8

71
21

Gabriel Bouthillette (G)

GAT

6’03”

190

19

0

2

2

12-1-3

2.39

.904
22

Loic Lacasse (G)

BC

6’02”

175

30

0

0

0

6-9-3

3.85

.894
23

Thomas Beauregard (F)

BAT

5’11”

163

51

15

20

35

10

-4

22
24

Nathan Welton (D)

QUE

5’11”

185

47

7

25

32

16

-19

53
25

Jean-Claude Sawyer (D)

CB

6’03”

188

43

4

12

16

35

13

34
26

Justin Vienneau (D)

SHA

6’04”

207

47

0

7

7

114

4

53
27

Maxime Belanger (D)

BC

6’00”

205

48

3

10

13

115

-5

68
28

Brent Aubin (F)

RN

5’09”

181

50

17

19

32

82

-4

27
29

Nicolas Robillard (F)

BC

6’04”

212

50

10

3

13

66

-22

35
30

Kevin Mailhiot (F)

DRU

6’01”

197

45

12

9

21

60

-11

51

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