#2 Marc-André Gauvreau D 2013 draft eligible
Played a really strong game. Strong for his size (5,10 181), he moves the puck well and makes quick-good decisions. Never seems to be caught off guard. Likes to play it rough in the one-on-one confrontations, physical down-low.
[sociallocker]Above-average puck handling skills, great hockey sense. Was used in all situations (PK, PP) and responded well, willing to block shots and protects the crease really well. Nice lateral mobility along the blue line when he has the puck, he moves the puck with good crisp and accurate passes. Not a powerful slapshots, favors the wrist shot in traffic. Great long strides when he skates, gives him an edge in his gap control, not a whole lot of acceleration in his skating which does not enable him to carry the puck a whole lot.
#4 Nicolas Patry-Gingras D 2014 draft eligible
Young 14 years old D, really smart player. He’s not mature enough to play the big minutes for the Intrepides, not strong enough and not quick enough yet, but he’s got some interesting intangibles. He positions himself really well in his own end, makes good simple plays on the wall and reacts well under pressure. He needs to work on his basic skills though with the puck, shots and puck handling skills.
#7 Olivier Schingh-Gomez D 2013 draft eligible
Really gifted offensive D. Great left handed shot, he creates a lot of chances when he releases it. He has quick hands and he is a good forward skater. Moves the puck really well and is able to create offense by cruising around the offensive zone. Has a long reach that he uses well to block passing lanes, but could be better in his D-zone coverage and net front coverage as he let a couple of players walk in front of the net. He has a good breakout tape-to-tape pass and sees the ice well. Solid on skates when battling on the boards.
#18 Philippe Pelletier-Leblanc C 2013 draft eligible
Lots of energy displayed throughout the game. Likes to hit and grind the other team’s defense on the forecheck. Tough to beat on draws. Positions himself well in the slot to get open and goes in the dirty areas to recover the puck. Really agressive forward, quick feet and likes to carry the puck in the neutral zone. Has a good quick wrist shot, goes in the slot and jumps on loose pucks dynamically.
#61 Yvan Gabriel Mongo C 2013 draft eligible
Physical, great work ethic, intense and nose for dirty areas. Good strength, likes to work around the net and play the board game, good low center of gravity gives him an edge over taller players. Not shying away from physical play, he still needs more speed and more maturity with the puck. Responsible defensively, blocks a lot of shots and his coach sends him out for a lot of defensive missions at 15 years old.
#71 Julien Pelletier C Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Best player on the ice. A lot of energy, strong hitting, great skater and lethal shot. He showed a lot of leadership, cranking his teammates up on the bench and on the ice. He likes to be an agitator on the ice, gives snow showers to the goalie, gets into scrums and you really know when he is on the ice. He scored a beauty top corner goal on the powerplay, showing quick release and accuracy. He is reliable in all 3-zones, takes attention to the little details and is good on draws. He has very good hockey IQ and can play the game at a high tempo. I liked him on the PK, really desperate to block shots and get into shooting lanes, a real leader.
#22 PO Gingras D Victoriaville Tigres
Really stable defenseman. He does everything well ont he ice and forms a great duo with Gauvreau. Not overly physical and agressive, he has a good gap control and uses his smarts to get the job done. Good strength on the boards, he wins most of his battles and has a good on-ice vision to make great breakout passes. Moves the puck well on the powerplay, gets good shots on net. Needs more speed to play at a higher level, but has the smarts and the talent.
#85 Joey Brennan LW 2013 draft eligible
Really skilled smallish forward. Too skinny to be really effective 5-on-5, but is really creative with the puck, knows how to create space for himself. He made a beautiful dangling clinic before the 4th Gatineau goal on the PP, so you can see he is better when he has more space. Not the quickest skater, but an agile one, likes to twist and turn while in control of the puck, still soft in his own zone, he sees the ice very well but just seems to be a little shy for the rough stuff. Could develop into something really interesting.
#30 Nathan L’Écuyer G Shawinigan Cataractes
Covers really well the lower part of the net, really good to find pucks near him when there is traffic in front of him. He allowed a really bad goal on the glove side at the start of the second period but was solid throughout most of the game. He stayed strong after allowing the tying goal at the start of the second, showing great mental toughness. He has a really nice butterfly at 6,3, but stays too deep on many occasions in his crease, forcing to make reflex saves while being more agressive would give him an easier task. Quick lateral movements and long legs gives him the opportunity to make great cross-crease saves.
#71 Benjamin Brault C 2013 draft eligible
Really quick moving player, explosive and agile skater. He has a nose for the net and doesn’t shy away from physical play. Caused some headaches by driving wide with his speed. Pretty strong for a smallish forward, he plays the game with lots of intensity and grit. Average puckhandler, he has a quick release on his shot and had a really good chance in the 2nd that ended on the right post.
#15 Marc-François Bernier RW Chicoutimi Saguenéens
Great dangler. Really small and soft, but gifted player. Has beautiful long strides when he skates with the puck, he undressed a couple of D’s easily in the game, but has a tough time playing the board game and being effective in long supported sequences in the offensive zone, is better off the rush. Agile at making time and space for himself, finding passing lanes on the powerplay.