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