Christophe Lalancette
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Christophe Lalancette

Hometown:

Roberval Quebec

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1994-05-06

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

4th round (109th overall), 2012

Weight:

178 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Christophe Lalancette skated in nine games for the Seminaire St-Francois Blizzard midget AAA team and played for the Quebec Cyclones team that advanced to the Hockey Quebec AA finals. He had 4 assists for the Blizzard. He was drafted by Acadie-Bathurst in the third round (50th overall) of the 2010 QMJHL Entry Draft.

2010-11: Lalancette played in three QMJHL games with the Titan, spending the bulk of the season playing midget AAA with the Blizzard. Lalancette appeared in two games with Acadie-Bathurst at the beginning of the season and one other game in January with no points or penalties. Lalancette was the leading scorer for the Blizzard, scoring 10 goals with 25 assists and 22 penalty minutes in 40 games. In four playoff games he had 1 goal and 2 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Lalancette appeared in 63 games for Acadie-Bathurst in his first full major junior season. He scored 16 goals with 31 assists and was plus-five with 35 penalty minutes. After finishing third in the Maritimes Division, Acadie-Bathurst faced Chicoutimi in a first round playoff series. In the six-game series Lalancette scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-3 with 2 penalty minutes. He was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked 62nd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Lalancettte finished as the third-leading scorer for Acadie-Bathurst after a strong second half in his second season with the Titan. He scored 18 goals with 37 assists in 62 games and was +6 with 36 penalty minutes. Acadie-Bathurst reached the playoffs after finishing fourth in the Maritimes Division. Lalancette led the Titan in scoring with 4 goals and 3 assists in the five game series with Blainville-Boisbriand.

 

Talent Analysis

Lalancette thrived in the second half of the QMJHL season. The skilled playmaker started to gain confidence and displayed good skating and puck skills. His puck skills outside of passing the puck leave a bit to be desired for a player of his archetype but he makes up for it by working hard on both sides of the ice. He is not known for his physical play, but even despite a smaller build when he does hit, he hits hard. He will need to continue to add strength over the coming years and work on his shot if he wants to ever make it to the NHL.

 

Future

The young forward will begin his third season in the QMJHL with an entirely new team after an off-season trade to the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

 

San Jose Sharks 2012 draft review

by David Thicke
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Photo: Selected 17th overall by San Jose, Tomas Hertl was the highest drafted Czech player in the 2012 NHL Draft. (Ken McKenna/HF)

 

Compared to past years, the 2012 NHL Entry Draft was very quiet for the San Jose Sharks and GM Doug Wilson. The team did nothing in terms of draft day trades, which is unusual, but the organization was still able to select their target player, Tomas Hertl from the Czech League. The Sharks looked at moving up if Hertl might not be available at the 17th overall spot and had decided they would trade down if he was taken early.

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