Julio Billia
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Julio Billia

Hometown:

Montreal Quebec

Team:

QMJHL

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-03-11

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2014

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft

Weight:

152 lbs.

Probability of Success

History

2010-11: Julio Billia played bantam hockey in Montreal and was one of 42 players selected to attend the inaugural Allstate All-Canadiens Mentorship Camp in Mississauga, Ontario.

2011-12: Billia played for Laval-Montreal in Quebec midget AAA hockey — sharing the goaltending duties with William Corbeil. Billia was 7-12 in 23 games and had a 2.85 goals against and .908 save percentage. Laval-Montreal finished last in the CCM Division. Billia was selected by Chicoutimi in the second round (29th overall) of the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.

2012-13: Billia spent most of the season in the QMJHL with Chicoutimi — appearing in eight midget major games with Laval-Montreal — and played for Canada Quebec in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He was 9-6 with 1 shutout in 22 games as a backup to Christopher Gibson (TOR) with the Sagueneens; posting a 3.18 goals against and .888 save percentage. Billia didn't face any shots in nine minutes of action in his only playoff appearance in Chicoutimi's first round series with Quebec. He was 5-2 with a 2.87 goals against and .907 save percentage in midget play with Laval-Montreal. Billia had a 3.50 goals against and .905 save percentage in four games at the WHC for Canada Quebec.

2013-14: Billia played for Canada's gold medal-winning U18 team at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to Chicoutimi for his second season with the Sagueneens. Billia finished the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament with a 1.58 goals-against average and .919 save percentage, capping the tournament with a 21-save shutout in Canada's 4-0 win over the USA in the gold medal game.

 

Talent Analysis

Considered slightly on the small side for the current trend in netminders, Billia works extra hard to make up for any limitation he might have in stature. Pairing that dedication and determination with his agility and quickness between the pipes and you end up with a solid prospect. Positionally sound and athletic enough to adapt to second and third chances, he still needs to improve his rebound control.

 

Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Julio Billia, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
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Julio Billia - Chicoutimi Sagueneens

Photo: Chicoutimi Sagueneens goaltender and 2014 prospect Julio Billia should be the starter in Chicoutimi now that last year’s starter, Christopher Gibson, has moved on (courtesy of Le guide de Montreal-Nord)

 

Canada's relative woes in recent international tournaments have largely been pegged to weaker than usual goaltending. But the tide may be turning for the Canadians, if the 2013 U18 WJC and Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament are any indication.

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