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Looking ahead to the 2019 Draft: Raphael Lavoie

The Chambly native has been catching many an eye due to his stellar performance in the QMJHL playoffs this year

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: Raphael Lavoie.

Player profile

Date of birth: September 25, 2000
Birthplace: Chambly, QC, CAN
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 196 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Position: Center, right wing
Midseason ranking, North American skaters: 13
Final ranking, North American skaters: 20

Stats

Season Team League Games played Goals Assists Points +/-
2018-19 Halifax QMJHL 62 32 41 73 +36
2017-18 Halifax QMJHL 68 30 33 63 +10
2017-18 Canada WJC-18 5 5 0 5 +6
2016-17 Halifax QMJHL 32 6 3 9   -

The 2019 Draft prospect also won the Michael Bossy trophy at the end of the season, given out to the best professional prospect in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Tweet from @HFXMooseheads: Can't be stopped. Raphael Lavoie ladies and gentlemen.#GoMooseGo pic.twitter.com/236Fm6gC03

Lavoie also distinguished himself for Team Canada at the World U18 Hockey Championship last year. The Mooseheads forward led his squad with five goals in as many games.

Tweet from @HFXMooseheads: Raphael Lavoie makes it 5 goals in 4 games and Canada is tied 1-1 with Sweden. McIsaac with an 🍎. #U18Worlds pic.twitter.com/Ow24PJaczl

He is currently enjoying some of his best days in the QMJHL. Lavoie has been dominant in the playoffs, collecting 19 goals and 29 points in 19 games. That output has helped the Mooseheads reach the President Cup final. Lavoie and his team are guaranteed a spot in the Memorial Cup, since the annual event is being held in Halifax this year.

The last time a QMJHL player scored at least 19 goals in the playoffs was back in 2015 when Adam Erne of the Quebec Remparts notched 21 in 22 postseason games.

Tweet from @HFXMooseheads: Welcome to the Raphael Lavoie show. #GoMooseGo pic.twitter.com/EUa4G3pC7p

He was a second-round pick (29th overall) in 2016 by the Mooseheads. Lavoie was only 10 days shy of eligibility for the Draft in 2018.

Expert opinion

"He's a big right-handed shot who can also play center. He's smart with the puck and he's able to make plays in tight spaces. He can finish off a play or use his vision to set up his teammates. His comprehension of the game is excellent and he can play many different roles." -Troy Dumville, NHL Central Scouting Bureau.

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