Kelsey Tessier

Kelsey Tessier


Fredricton New Brunswick

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4th round (110th overall), 2008


169 lbs.

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2006-07: A rookie with the Quebec Remparts (QMJHL), the center netted 23 goals and 50 points through 63 games. Expect to see him back with the club for 2007-08.

2007-08: In 68 games, Tessier recorded 36 goals and 81 points, leading the Quebec Remparts in the process. He finished 15th in the QMJHL scoring race and finished among the league’s top-20 in plus/minus (+19) and power-play goals (13). Tessier led the Remparts in playoff goals (8) and points (15) while finishing second on the team with seven postseason assists. He participated in the 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game, recording one assist in the match. He served as an alternate captain for Team Canada at the 2007 Under-18 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament.

2008-09: The Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) center tallied 25 goals and 60 points in his third season with the club. He appeared in 64 games; the club didn’t make the post season for the first time since he has been a member.

Talent Analysis

A diminutive offensive forward, Tessier makes up for his lack of size with pure determination. With patience and poise with the puck, Tessier’s heads-up play and on-ice awareness is top notch. He has the ability to set up and finish plays and also displays the enthusiasm to fight for positioning amongst larger players. However, he’s not always quick enough to get himself out of trouble and as a result, he wore down as the season went on and the physical toll accumulated.

This speedy center was projected to go as high as the second round in the NHL draft, but for unknown reasons he slipped to the fourth round. His size and ability to fight through checks has been questioned, but that’s not a major concern to the Avalanche’s scouting staff.

“Definitely, (a player’s size) is not as important as it used to be,” said Hampson. “In Tessier’s case, he’s the ultimate competitor.”

Colorado likes his soft hands and goal scoring ability, as well as his desire to compete.

“He plays a lot bigger than his stature, never stops and he’s a smart player,” said Hampson. “There’s always room for guys with his heart and character.”

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The 2008 Entry Draft saw players such as Steven Stamkos, Erik Karlsson, and Jordan Eberle taken in the opening round. The Colorado Avalanche, however, missed out on the first round of the draft having sent their first round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of the deal that sent Adam Foote back to Denver.

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