Friday, March 21, 2014

HockeyProspect.com Releases New Rankings

HockeyProspect.com released their latest rankings for the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft yesterday.

Once again, American defenseman Chad Krys topped the list. He is unlikely to go first overall because he probably won’t report to the league next year or possibly ever. Quebec born defenseman Samuel Girard was ranked second.

Given Saint John’s offensive struggles this past season, they seem destined to take a forward with their top pick. Pascal Laberge of the Quebec AAA ranks is the top ranked forward at No. 3 overall. “Without a doubt, Laberge is the best forward available from the province of Quebec,” writes HockeyProspect.com.

In 40 games with the Ch√Ęteauguay Grenadiers this season, Laberge had 20 goals and 23 assists.

Newfoundlander Jordan Maher is the top ranked Atlantic Canadian, coming in at No. 4. Maher led the Newfoundland & Labrador Major Midget Hockey League in scoring this season with 23 goals and 24 assists in 24 games. He added 10 goals and 11 assists in 10 playoff games – tops in the league – and helped the Central IcePak win a championship.

Mitchell Balmas of the Cape Breton Tradesmen, also a forward, sits seventh.

HockeyProspect.com has their top 18 listed on their website. You must be a subscriber to view the top 100.

The QMJHL Entry Draft takes place on May 31st in Sherbrooke. The Sea Dogs will select either first or second overall.

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