Maxime Legault


Ste. Agathe Quebec

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7th round (194th overall), 2009


195 lbs.

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2008-09 Legault scored 28 goals with 16 assists in his third season with Shawinigan (QMJHL) and was selected by the Sabres as a 20-year-old with their last pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. He had a +22 plus/minus and 66 PMs in 63 games and showed a knack for scoring in clutch situations; netting six game-winning goals. In 21 playoff games for the Cataractes, who lost to Drummondville in a seven-game final series, he scored 10 goals with 3 assists and was +6 with 23 PMs.

2009-10: Legault opened the season with Portland in the AHL but was returned to Shawinigan (QMJHL) as an over-age player after five games with the Pirates.  Legault was traded from Shawinigan to Cape Breton, joining Buffalo prospects Luke Adam and Jacob Lagace. Legault was scoreless and -4 with 4 PMs in his five-game AHL stint. In 43 games between Cape Breton and Shawinigan, he scored 17 goals with 22 assists and was +21 with 54 PMs. He scored six times on the power play and had four game-winning goals (three with Shawinigan). Legault scored once on the power play and was -4 with 4 PMs in five playoff games for Cape Breton.

2010-11: Legault was with Portland (AHL) for the entire season. He scored 12 goals with 12 assists and was an even plus/minus with 83 PMs. Legault played in 9 of 12 playoff games for the Pirates. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -1 with 8 PMs.

Talent Analysis
Legault is a physical leader who is very well respected in the locker room. He lacks legitimate offensive talent but makes up for it with his toughness and opportunistic goals scoring. Legault has the size and the skill to be a bottom six player in the NHL someday.

Legault will have another year to show the Sabres that he is worthy of a roster spot and has the potential to make it up to Buffalo. He will have to continue to show consistency in his game and the ability to chip in on offense from time to time. If he does that, then he may well earn himself a new contract in 2012.

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