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Yann Sauve, D
ISS’s top ranked player for the 2006 QMJHL Draft, has a tremendous combination
of size and skill. He is an extremely gifted defenseman who possesses all of the
skills to become a superstar in the “Q” and potentially the NHL. A complete
defenseman with all the tools including a heavy shot
and clearing the net effectively, he should anchor a team’s blue line
effectively for years to come. Sauve is an exciting player to watch and a
true blue chip prospect.
2. Patrice Cormier, C
Cormier is a
power forward that is making a legitimate run for first overall. He has the best
combination of size, skating and hands in his draft class. He protects the puck
well with his body and is able to create chances for himself and his teammates
by working hard in the corners. The Cap Pele, New Brunswick native enjoyed a
fine season with the Moncton Beavers in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.
More of a goal scorer than a playmaker, he has soft hands, and a strong shot
with a quick release. His aggressive play and tenacity on the forecheck often
create offensive opportunities.
enjoyed an outstanding regular season and was even more dominant during the
playoffs. He succeeded in being the top point getter with 11 goals and 29 points
in only 15 playoff games putting him ahead of his linemate Julien. ISS
Quebec scouts indicate he isn’t flashy, however, they love his quick
release, his passing abilities and his effectiveness in all three zones. In
addition, he finishes his checks, he is not a liability in his own zone and he
can play in all situations, but offense remains his bread and butter. Cornet has
a bright future, he will be a top 5 pick for certain if not a top 3 pick. It
seemed like every time he stepped on the ice he did something to make you sit up
4. Luke Adam, C
Adam has been another favorite of ISS’s all year, often demonstrating an uncanny ability to get to
open ice and finish around the net. He has great size, work ethic, composure and
his vision on the ice is amazing – seeing things most players don’t. He’s
mature for his age and, probably more importantly, he’s a great team player. He
is a strong skater who needs to work on his first step quickness and
acceleration. Hockey is certainly in Adam’s genes. His father, Russ a native of
Windsor, Ont., was a star with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers. He was drafted by
Toronto and played eight games with the NHL club.
5. Alexandre Neron, D
St. Francis (QMAAA)
Neron is a
very promising two-way defenseman. He plays a smart game and is effective at
both ends of the ice, very mobile and moves the puck quickly. He was hurt for a
good amount of time late this year although he came back for the playoffs, but
clearly not at 100 percent. He possesses a canon shot from the point and is not
scared to use it. He recorded two shots at 86 and 87mph last year as a bantam
during an all-star game. He is top 10 material for sure.
One To Watch
11. Maxime Sauve, C
especially well at the recent CSR Challenge Tournament. He has many strong
attributes, among them, creativity, soft hands, vision and a high hockey IQ. He
scored twice and added one assist in the tournament. He recorded four points in
five playoff games, however, was not quite the player he should have been. He
has all the talent in the world, but he hasn’t been able to put it all
together this year. He will need to add weight and strength to his small frame,
and show consistency in his play to become a top player at the next level.
He’s a solid first rounder nevertheless. He certainly has the hockey genes when
one considers some of his family namely, his father JF Sauve, uncle Bob Sauve
and his cousin Phillipe.
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