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Looking ahead to the 2019 Draft: Jakob Pelletier

The Moncton Wildcats winger was among the QMJHL's elite in 2018-19

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 Jakob Pelletier.

Player profile

Date of birth: March 7, 2001
Birthplace: Québec, QC, CAN
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Position: Left wing
Midseason ranking, North American skaters: 20
Final ranking, North American skaters: 27

Stats

Season Team League Games played Goals Assists Points +/-
2018-19 Moncton QMJHL 65 39 50 89 +27
2017-18 Moncton QMJHL 60 23 38 61 +5

Pelletier finished the 2018-19 season seventh in points in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Tweet from @monctonwildcats: Here's a look at our first period goal courtesy of Jakob Pelletier! 😼 #TheHuntIsOn #LaChasseEstOuverte pic.twitter.com/GeqqHXrDw4

In his first campaign in the QMJHL, the winger was third among wingers in points and was named to the rookie All-Star team.

Tweet from @LHJMQ: #JeuDeLaSoir��e | La recrue Jakob Pelletier des @monctonwildcats a marqu�� son cinqui��me but de la saison gr��ce �� ce superbe jeu! pic.twitter.com/1ZO0z8fVak

Pelletier also took part in the World Under-18 Hockey Championship with Team Canada, collecting two assists in seven games. The forward also won the Hlinka Gretzky Cup with Canada this year.

Tweet from @TSN_Sports: Jakob Pelletier gets a gift from Sasha Mutala and he makes it 3-0 for Team Canada. #HlinkaGretzkyCup pic.twitter.com/bCcS4EpJWx

Expert opinion

"Pelletier's excellent skating and edge work comes from a powerful lower body that allows him to hold onto the puck to create scoring chances for himself and his teammates. He's also shown the willingness to get to the front of the net to score despite being undersized (5-9, 161)." -Adam Kimelman, NHL Central Scouting Bureau

"Pelletier has high-end puck skills and vision to create plays in the offensive end. He also can protect the puck, win battles along the boards and drive to the net with assertiveness." -Mike G. Morreale, NHL Central Scouting Bureau

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