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2017 Draft: Maxime Comtois named to Team QMJHL

Victoriaville center, A-rated prospect by NHL Central Scouting, to play in Canada Russia Series

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

Maxime Comtois, an A-rated skater for the 2017 NHL Draft, was among the 22 players picked to play for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League against Russia in the 2016 Canada Russia Series.

The games will be played in Chicoutimi, Quebec on Nov. 15 and Baie Comeau, Quebec on Nov. 17. They are the final games of the six-game series that serves as another step in picking the teams that will play for Canada and Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. 

The six-game series will begin Nov. 7 in Prince George, British Columbia, where players from the Western Hockey League take on the Russian National Junior Team. The next night, the WHL and Russia play in Edmonton. The Ontario Hockey League will play against Russia in North Bay, Ontario on Nov. 10 and Hamilton, Ontario on Nov. 14. 

The OHL released its roster Tuesday . The WHL released its roster Thursday. 

Comtois, a 6-foot-2, 199-pound center with Victoriaville, has five goals and three assists in 13 games. 

"He's a pretty complete guy," NHL Central Scouting's Troy Dumville said. "He's a big, strong guy and can play a lot of different roles on the team. He plays penalty kill, is good defensively and goes to the net hard. He'll be a guy I can easily see being in the top 10 [in the 2017 draft]."

Two players picked in the first round of the 2016 draft also were named to the team, Cape Breton forward Pierre-Luc Dubois, who was chosen No. 3 by the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Val-d'Or forward Julien Gauthier, who went No. 21 to the Carolina Hurricanes.



GOALTENDERS: Callum Booth, Quebec (Carolina Hurricanes); Evan Fitzpatrick, Sherbrooke (St. Louis Blues)

DEFENSEMEN: Frederic Allard, Chicoutimi (Nashville Predators); Simon Bourque, Rimouski (Montreal Canadiens); Guillaume Brisebois, Charlottetown (Vancouver Canucks); Samuel Girard, Shawinigan (Nashville Predators); Jeremy Lauzon, Rouyn-Noranda (Boston Bruins); Nicolas Meloche, Gatineau (Colorado Avalanche); Philippe Myers, Rouyn-Noranda (Philadelphia Flyers); Jeremy Roy, Blainville-Boisbriand (San Jose Sharks)

FORWARDS: Alex Barre Boulet, Drummondville (2017 draft eligible); Jean-Christophe Beaudin, Rouyn-Noranda (Colorado Avalanche); Maxime Comtois, Victoriaville (2017 draft eligible); Alex Dostie, Gatineau (Anaheim Ducks); Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cape Breton (Columbus Blue Jackets); Gabriel Fontaine, Rouyn-Noranda (New York Rangers); 
Alexandre Fortin, Rouyn-Noranda (Chicago Blackhawks); Julien Gauthier, Val-d'Or (Carolina Hurricanes); Brandon Gignac, Shawinigan (New Jersey Devils); Pascal Laberge, Victoriaville (Philadelphia Flyers); Mathieu Joseph, Saint John (Tampa Bay Lightning); Nicolas Roy, Chicoutimi (Carolina Hurricanes)

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