Interview with Maxim Lapierre

I had the great opportunity to exchange with Maxim Lapierre, former NHLer, about his journey in the European hockey leagues and his draft eligible teammate, Lukas Reichel. After playing more than 600 NHL games, mostly with Montreal, Vancouver and St. Louis, Lapierre is currently pursuing his career in Germany with the Berlin Eisbären. Et pour les francophones, voici la version originale en français: Q: How did you find your first … Read more

Prospects from Drummondville

Drummondville started this 2019-20 season with an absolutely new core. No Veleno, Comtois, Joseph nor Beaudoin. They even traded Dawson Mercer to Chicoutimi at Christmas. Despite all that, the team still finished up the regular season with 74 points, which place them 6th in the QMJHL. An impressive outcome looking at how much rookies they had. Among these rookies, some might even be an interesting bet for the NHL Draft. … Read more

NHL Draft Prospects: Germany

  For the first time in the Draft history, there could be more than one player from Germany drafted in the 1st round. Coming out of the DEL, Tim Stützle, Lukas Reichel and John-Jason Peterka have all the upsides to get called up on stage on the first day in Montreal this upcoming June. The sport is growing and German talents will soon become recurrent. This trio will surely become historical … Read more

QMJHL November Game Reports

Name: Justin Barron     Team: Halifax Mooseheads     League: QMJHL

Skating: 8.5/10    Skill: 7/10    Smarts: 7.5/10    Shot: 8/10    Compete: 8/10

November 13th, 2019: Productive night for Justin Barron on the power play. The defenseman of the week in the QMJHL got 2 passes. As the point man of this unit, he fed well Raphaël Lavoie. He took the middle with the head up, attracted the penalty killer and he just had to do quick pass that gave open-ice for his half-wall guys.

He sometimes let go his usual low slap shot, perfect for rebounds. Even though he often stood still on the blue line, Barron was still an offensive thread. He jumped on the rush whenever he had the chance (he even did it on the penalty kill to outnumber Blainville-Boisbriand), did some good reverses with his forwards along the board and of course, fired the puck to the net. However, Barron didn’t try to do too much offensively and calculated well his opportunities to leave his position, which is exactly in his character.

Transition-wise, he liked to stay wide in neutral zone and he communicated a lot to Patrick Kyte, his pairing. He didn’t cause a lot of mistake which is an upgrade to his previous games. Good thing to remark, his passes were really really hard on tape. This strength in his wrist are pretty useful for long passes. Only downside, he didn’t move his feet enough, and this can also apply to his game in general. We all know, Barron has a fantastic north-south skating, but his quickfeet and pivots clearly don’t have the same speed. This then gave way too much time and space to his man when he had to press him in defensive zone and it set him vulnerable when he didn’t take a good gap. At least, his stick and frame helped him to make it up for this .

Since Benoit-Olivier Groulx took 8 minutes of penalty, Barron played a lot on the penalty kill. He did a great job out there but he didn’t move his head enough so the backdoor player at times fooled him. His defensive game is his biggest strength and it was easy to identify it. Barron was awesome to shut down rushes and anticipate passes. Something worth to notice, when Kyte was being tackled and grabbed because of the big hit he threw, Barron didn’t hesitate a second to jump in the scrimmage and defend his mate. He also showed great endurance since I’m pretty sure he almost played 30 minutes with all these penalties.

Justin Barron can sometimes make soft pass and bad decision but he still stay the most important defenseman for Halifax and a guy on who you can always rely on.

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QMJHL October Game Reports

      It has now been more than a month that the season started and up to this time, Alexis Lafrenière and his line reign over the QMJHL. Despite their heavy dominance, Sherbrooke Phoenix is sitting at the top of the CHL, while Acadie-Bathurst is still battling for their first win of the season. Rookies are also making their marks into the league. Zachary L’Heureux from Moncton and Rimouski’s … Read more

QMJHL Preview

  After a long summer of training and, for some, international tournament, these young guys are now ready to start their season in the QMJHL. Last year, only two players were drafted from this league in the first round. For 2020, I’m sure we can all expect a better outcome from the QMJHL in terms of 1st round talents. It is currently mid-September and the pre-season is soon taking an … Read more