Joel Champagne

Joel Champagne


LaSalle Quebec

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5th round (129th overall), 2008 by TOR


210 lbs.

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2007-08: Champagne began to see an increased role for Chicoutimi in his sophomore season, as the big centerman began to use his size more effectively. He earned increased ice-time as a result of his solid two-way play and willingness to get involved physically, but also developed another integral aspect of his game. Champagne proved to be a dominant face-off man, often serving as the pivot that the Chicoutimi coaching staff looked at to win the key late-game face-off. He also began to get involved offensively, finishing his second season with 18 goals and 40 points, good enough for sixth on the team, as well as posting an impressive 58% face-off-winning percentage. Champagne was also a participant in the CHL Top Prospects game, utilizing his size in the corners and in front of the net

Talent Analysis

Blessed with great size, Champagne already has the physical makeup of a professional hockey player. However, appearances can be deceiving and despite his visible attributes, he is very much a project. Willing to use his body to his advantage on the ice, Champagne is a hard object to move when he plants himself in front of the net. As might be expected, his foot speed and puck skills still need work.  He has good two-way ability, and his adept ability at winning face-offs will prove beneficial further down the line.

2008 Draft bore little fruit for the Toronto Maple Leafs

by John-Eric Iannicello

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Photo: Selected by the Maple Leafs in the second round of the 2008 draft, Jimmy Hayes was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. He is currently playing for the Blackhawks AHL affiliate. (courtesy of Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)

With interim GM Cliff Fletcher at the helm (prior the arrival of Brian Burke) the Toronto Maple Leafs made eight selections at the 2008 NHL-Entry Draft including a coveted top-10 selection.

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