The Jackets selected a player at the opposite end of the body type spectrum from Brassard when they made his Voltigeurs teammate Maxime Frechette their third pick in the fifth round. Measuring in at a healthy 6’5, Frechette’s continued growth into that lanky frame was curtailed for much of the 2005-06 season by a severe shoulder injury, which limited him to only 13 games on the year. It was that injury that may have contributed to his relatively late selection in the draft (he was the last player over 6’4 selected in the draft), as yet another prospect spiraled down the draft boards and into the Jackets’ lap.
His defensive abilities in 2004-05 were sound enough to earn him one of the 40 invites to Canada’s Under-18 Selection Camp for the Junior World Cup in July of 2005, but the shoulder injury forced him to withdraw early from the camp.
With limited playing time (a 50-game campaign in 2004-05 with Drummondville, and 13 appearances after returning from the shoulder injury), Frechette is difficult to project at this stage of his career.
While he did not show many lingering effects of the injury upon his return to the Voltigeurs this past winter, losing almost an entire year of development and growth on the ice may be as much of a concern moving forward as another injury to the shoulder. Ultimately, however, Frechette’s career track will probably be defined by his ability to utilize his large frame.