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Looking ahead to the 2019 Draft: Alex Newhook

The Victoria Grizzlies center was a dominant force this season in the British Columbia Hockey League

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - With the 2019 NHL Draft approaching, here are some options which could be of interest to the Canadiens, who hold the 15th pick in the first round. Today: forward Alex Newhook.

Player profile

Date of birth: January 28, 2001
Birthplace: Saint John's, NL, CAN
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Position: Center
Midseason ranking, North American skaters: 16
Final ranking, North American skaters: 13

Stats

Season Team League Games played Goals Assists Points
2018-19 CAN WJC-18 7 5 5 10
2018-19 Victoria BCHL 53 38 64 102
2017-18 Victoria BCHL 45 22 44 66

Newhook has certainly enjoyed a breakout this season in the BCHL, finishing his second season in the league as the league's leading scorer with his next-closest competitor 18 points back. The 2019 Draft hopeful also did well for himself in the playoffs, finishing as the leading scorer there too with 11 goals and 24 points in 15 games.

Tweet from @GoBCHL: The @BCHLGrizzlies aren't going down without a fight! Alex Newhook notches one on the powerplay to tie things up in the second period!#BCHLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/C1a29wCu7Y

He was named the recipient of the Vern Dye Memorial trophy, awarded to the player who was most valuable towards his team's success during the regular season, as well as the Brett Hull trophy, handed to the league's top point-getter. Newhook managed all that as one of the youngest players in the league.

Tweet from @GoBCHL: BREAKING: @BCHLGrizzlies F Alex Newhook named @cjhlhockey Top Forward.https://t.co/J6whFrXWdL pic.twitter.com/l8DMKXNb0u

For those curious about players coming from the BCHL, note that Canadiens prospect Brett Stapley played there as late as the 2017-18 campaign. Stapley was a seventh-round pick (190th overall) in 2018 by Montreal.

Tweet from @GoBCHL: That's how you lead by example!@BCHLGrizzlies captain Alex Newhook scores his second goal in under five minutes to bring his team from down 1-0 to having a 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission. #BCHLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/N9CmmVXNtO

Newhook has also left his mark on the international stage at the most recent World Under-18 Hockey Championship. The Canadian forward led his team with 10 points (5G, 5A) in seven games.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder is expected to play for Boston College in the NCAA next season.

Expert opinion

"The left-shot forward led the BCHL in points while showcasing great skating, hands and vision. Patience will be key as Newhook continues his development at Boston College next season, but the payoff could be big." -Adam Kimelman, NHL Central Scouting Bureau

"Newhook plays at a high pace, is strong on pucks and can make quick decisions and plays." -Mike G. Morreale, NHL Central Scouting Bureau

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