Antoine Laganiere
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Antoine Laganiere

Hometown:

Ile Cadieux Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-07-05

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2013

Weight:

214 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Antoine Laganiere was the second-leading scorer for Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts as a junior; trailing only Harvard-bound senior Alex Killorn. Laganiere scored 8 goals with 30 assists in 25 games and had 14 penalty minutes. Deerfield finished 16-7-2.

2008-09: Laganiere shared the scoring lead for Deerfield Academy with Princeton-bound Andrew Ammon as a senior. He scored 12 goals and led the Big Green with 16 assists in 24 games. Deerfield was ranked ninth with a record of 11-11-2 and just missed the New England Prep School Large School tournament. Laganiere also skated for the Neponset Valley River Rats U18 team and committed to playing college hockey at Yale in 2010-11.

2009-10: Laganiere skated in 25 games for Yale as a freshman. He scored 7 goals with 3 assists and was +1 with 18 penalty minutes. Yale finished first in ECAC Hockey and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after an upset loss to Brown in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals. The Bulldogs defeated North Dakota, 3-2, before falling to eventual national champion Boston College in a wild 9-7 game in the Northeast Regional final.

2010-11: Laganiere played in 25 of 36 games for Yale in his sophomore year. He scored 5 goals with 8 assists and was +9 with 14 penalty minutes. Yale finished second in ECAC Hockey and recorded three straight shutouts in the final three games of the league tournament to capture the championship. Laganiere had a goal in the semifinal win over Colgate and scored in the championship game against Cornell. The Bulldogs defeated Air Force before falling to eventual national champion Minnesota-Duluth in the East Regional final, 5-3.

2011-12: Laganiere attended the Canucks development camp in the summer before returning to Yale for his junior season. He was the Bulldog's second-leading goal scorer with 19, two behind team-leader Brian O'Neill (Los Angeles) and had 14 assists; finishing +6 with 45 penalty minutes in 35 games. Laganiere scored 9 of his 19 goals on the Yale power play. The Bulldogs tied Clarkson for sixth in ECAC Hockey but did not make the NCAA tournament after falling to Harvard in a three-game ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series.

2012-13: Laganiere was Yale's third-leading scorer in his senior year as the Bulldogs captured the first national championship in school history. He scored 15 goals with 14 assists in 37 games and was -4 with 58 penalty minutes. Yale finished third in ECAC Hockey in the regular season but received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament despite back-to-back shutout losses in the ECAC Hockey semifinals and third place game. The Bulldogs swept WCHA opponents Minnesota and North Dakota in the West Regional. After a 3-2 overtime win over Hockey East champion Massachusetts-Lowell in the semifinal game Yale shutout ECAC Hockey regular season champion Quinnipiac, 4-0, in the Frozen Four final. After going scoreless in the ECAC championship weekend and East Regional tournaments, Laganiere scored a goal in the Frozen Four semifinal win and had an assist against Quinnipiac. He signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Ducks in April, 2013.

 

Talent Analysis

Laganiere is a power forward who uses his frame exceedingly well in creating space and opportunities. Where this is particularly noticeable is in his strong play in the dirty areas, an attribute that has made scouts take notice, as well. Laganiere takes full advantage of his size, reach and tremendous strength in maintaining both puck control and his positioning. He is not one to shy away from the physical aspects of the game. He can deliver solid checks and is aggressive on the forecheck. He is also a competitor. One notable improvement Laganiere has made since arriving at Yale is in his skating. He is an excellent skater with great mobility and skates with long, powerful strides. His added strength has greatly enhanced his speed and agility. Laganiere possesses great hands and a blisteringly hard shot. He can make nice, crisp passes, and along with his outstanding vision, can utilize open spaces quite effectively. He also has great finishing ability. One of Laganiere’s best assets is his stick, which he uses equally well in both offensive and defensive situations.

 

Future

Laganiere signed an entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks in April of 2013 and will likely join the Norfolk Admirals to begin his pro career.

 

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