Raphael Lavoie (6-foot-4, 196 pounds) is a right-handed center in his third season with Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 18-year-old, who had 73 points (32 goals, 41 assists) and 206 shots on goal in 62 regular-season games this season, is No. 20 in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings of North American skaters. He is a projected first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on June 21-22. Lavoie led the QMJHL with 20 goals in 23 playoff games.
It was a pretty busy week at the NHL Scouting Combine. I had a lot to do in not a lot of time, so I was busy.
I had 25 interviews. You definitely get questions that are different from what you're used to but that's part of what to expect when you come here, and you answer the best that you can. Sometimes they'll put video of you on the TV and ask you to explain what you were doing on that play. It'll be situations where you weren't at your best, so it's tough to explain some of it.
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There are some interesting moments. When you walk into the interview with (the Detroit Red Wings), it's Mr. (Steve) Yzerman doing the interview. He's sitting face-to-face with you, asking questions. It's cool to see former hockey players take the time to talk to you.
This week, Alex Beaucage of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies was my roommate. It was definitely interesting when I walked into my hotel room. He wasn't there but I saw a paper with his name on it. I found it pretty ironic that they put me with a guy whose team beat us in two Finals. In the end, though, it was great. He's a really good guy and we get along really well.
Today I woke up around 8:40 and joined Alex for breakfast. We ate together because he was doing his tests earlier. Afterwards, I wished him good luck on his tests and wished him all the best for the rest.
They really explain the tests well, what we should expect, what we'll have to do and how to do each test. It's really well organized. Before coming here, I spoke to some guys who had done it last year to find out what to expect and just how hard it would be.
Walking in and seeing all the media and scouts wasn't anything new. There were as many people and scouts at the Memorial Cup, so it's something you get used to. It's part of the game.
I did an interview with Sportsnet this week and they asked me what song I know by heart. I answered too quickly with "Someone Like You" by Adele, so they asked me to sing it. When I was younger, I heard the song and the album and liked the music.
Now it's time to go home and I'll be happy to go back. I'm going to walk my dog, it's been a long time since I've seen that little furball. I'm going to hang out with friends, relax and train before heading to the draft. My family and friends are going to come with me. It's such an important moment in my life and I want those closest to me to be a part of it.
Thanks for reading. Looking forward to Vancouver for the 2019 NHL Draft.
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