Alexandre Belanger
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Alexandre Belanger

Hometown:

Sherbrooke Quebec

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-08-19

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2013

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

7th round (200th overall), 2013

Weight:

170 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Alexandre Belanger played for the Magog Cantonniers minor midget AAA team and skated for Team Quebec in the 2011 Canada Winter Games. In 26 games he was 14-9-1 with 1 shutout and had a 3.36 goals against and .885 save percentage. Magog was third in the Reebok Division and reached the playoff semifinals. Belanger was 6-3 in the playoffs with 1 shutout and had a 2.62 goals against and .906 save percentage. In four games for silver medal-winning Team Quebec at the CWG he had a 4.64 goals against and .887 save percentage. Belanger was selected by Rouyn-Noranda in the first round (18th overall) of the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft.

2011-12: Belanger made his QMJHL debut as a 16-year-old, appearing in one game in September and another in December for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He played in 33 games for Magog in his second season with the Cantonniers and was in net for Canada Quebec at the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He was 0-1 with a 2.12 goals against and .897 save percentage, stopping 35 of 39 shots with the Huskies. Belanger finished 14-15 in 33 games for Magog with a 3.00 goals against and .889 save percentage. Magog was fourth in the Reebok Division and reached the playoff quarterfinals. Belanger was 4-4 in the playoffs with a 3.12 goals against and .882 save percentage. In three games for Canada Quebec at the WHC he had a 5.07 goals against and .868 save percentage.

2012-13: Belanger took over the starting role for Rouyn-Noranda as a QMJHL rookie and handled the bulk of the goaltending for the Huskies during their run to the playoff semifinals. Sharing the goaltending with veteran Robin Gusse in the first half of the season, Belanger played in 44 games and was 24-13-1 with 1 shutout and posted a 3.46 goals against and .875 save percentage. In fourteen playoff games he was 8-5 with a 3.55 goals against and .874 save percentage. Ranked 14th amongst North American goaltenders in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Belanger was selected by Minnesota in the seventh round (200th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Belanger attended camp with Minnesota before returning to Rouyn-Noranda for his second junior season. He was 28-18-3 with one shutout in 52 regular season games for Rouyn-Noranda; finishing with a 3.23 goals against and .881 save percentage. The Huskies finished fifth in the West Division and reached the second round in the QMJHL playoffs. Belanger was 4-5 with a 3.62 goals against and .885 save percentage in nine playoff games.  

Talent Analysis

Belanger, as with most young goalies taken in the seventh round, was selected largely due to his physical attributes and shot stopping ability with the hopes that he would develop the requisite technical and tactical skills necessary to succeed at the pro level. As one of the younger players taken in the 2013 NHL Draft it was also hoped that he would grow and add strength as he matured. At this point he is still a bit of an uncertainty as he had mixed success as a starter for Rouyn-Nouranda. His durability has been a plus as he will likely play over 45 games for the second straight season.

Future

Belanger competed in the Traverse City rookie tournament with the Wild and attended Minnesota's training camp before being returned to Rouyn-Nouranda a the start of the 2014-15 season. He played 25 games in his third season with the Huskies before being acquired by Cape Breton at the QMJHL trade deadline in January. The Screaming Eagles subsequently released overage goalie Francois Brassard and Belanger won his first two starts for Cape Breton. How he plays the rest of the season could determine whether he is signed by the Wild prior to the 2015 NHL Draft or re-enters that draft. Long-term he will likely spend at least a few seasons at the minor league level before he is ready to compete for an NHL spot.  

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