Knyazev and Ducharme in the running

Knyazev et Ducharme en lice

The names of two players of the Saguenéens of Chicoutimi, is the defender Artemi Knyazev and forward Justin Ducharme, appear on the first list of the central Bureau for screening published Tuesday. For the moment, the 110 players of the canadian hockey League (CHL) can be found on the list of “Players to watch” in view of the Draft 2019 NHL which will take place on 21 and 22 June.

The names of two players of the Saguenéens of Chicoutimi, is the defender Artemi Knyazev and forward Justin Ducharme, appear on the first list of the central Bureau for screening published Tuesday. For the moment, the 110 players of the canadian hockey League (CHL) can be found on the list of “Players to watch” in view of the Draft 2019 NHL which will take place on 21 and 22 June.

The defender of the Russian Saguenéens, Knyazev, is part of 20 skaters and three goalkeepers who have received a rating of “B,” which indicates that the player in question is a candidate for the second or third round of auction of 2019.

As to Justin Ducharme, the attacker who has scored four goals in two matches at the end of the week, is among the 66 skaters and nine goalies who have obtained the ” C ” rating, which places it among the candidates for the fourth, fifth, or sixth round of the next draft.

Twelve players have received an ” a ” rating, which places them among the best options likely to be picked in the first round. The number, a quarter are from the League of the Quebec major junior hockey, Maxim Cajkovic (Saint John), Raphaël Lavoie (Halifax), and Samuel Poulin (Sherbrooke).

Recall that 78 players in the CHL have been unclaimed in the NHL Draft in 2018, including 13 players in the first round.

Not surprised

Head coach Sags, Yanick Jean is not surprised to see Knyazev and Ducharme on the first version of this list published early in the season. According to him, Félix-Antoine Marcotty should see her name in the next few months. “Artemi, it’s been a long time that it is on the radar (of recruiters). This is probably the best defender of his age group in Russia. We see his skills on the ice are undeniable. He is to frame his ‘game’ as a whole. This is an individual who has a good head in more, ” says the driver of the Blue.

About Ducharme, he describes it as ” a player who works and who has character. In his case, he was not selected this year, but this is only a postponement. Moreover, it is not necessary to turn crazy with the draft, ” he said, recalling that the Groleau and Kotkov have signed contracts, and this, even if they had not been recovered.

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CONTINUE A WINNING STREAK… AT HOME

Fort a perfect weekend on the road at the end of the week, the Saguenéens of Chicoutimi will try to continue their winning streak Wednesday night, this time in front of their supporters at the Centre Georges-Vézina, with the visit of the Phoenix of Sherbrooke.

The head coach of the Blues, Yanick Jean, believes that the nervousness of the start of the season at home may no longer be invoked. “There has been much progress over the last three games that we have played on the road and I want to see the same progress at home now. It is necessary to work with our young players to have the least highs and lows as possible.”

Even if the infirmary is still quite busy, the return of veterans like Jeremy Groleau was felt. “His return has brought us stability defensively. It challenges everyone in the right chair, in the role and with the ice time necessary to be successful and to be more effective,” explained Yanick Jean, which will send Alexis Shank in front of the net. The attacker Xavier Labrecque will be recalled for Wednesday’s game.

As you don’t change a winning formula, Yanick Jean will keep the same trio as at the end of the week for the game on Wednesday. It is also expected that its troops continue to be disciplined against Sherbrooke, “a club to the attacking football that has a numerical advantage (with an effectiveness rate) of more than 40 % since the beginning of the season”.

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TIPS OF THE PEN

• Director of the department of player safety to the League the Quebec major junior hockey (QMJHL), Eric Chouinard, was suspended by Mikael Robidoux of Quebec Remparts 15 games. The suspension was imposed following the gesture by Robidoux in the part of the 29 September last to face the Voltigeurs of Drummondville. “In our analysis, the offending player is back in his territory at full speed and target his opponent. Taking advantage of the fact that the player in Drummondville is vulnerable, he hits it violently in a projecting upward, and this, without worrying about the puck,” said Chouinard, who also took into account that Robidoux has been suspended seven times since the beginning of his career in the league…

• With accuracy, Jean-François Vachon, who covers the Huskies of Rouyn-Noranda, has tweeted that the case Robidoux was not without reminding the one of Patrice Cormier, a former Océanic de Rimouski. In January 2010, Cormier was very nearly destroy the career of Mikael Tam (Quebec Remparts) as a result of a violent elbow to the head. At the time, still in shock, the driver of the Remparts, Patrick Roy, had called for an end to the career of Cormier, another repeat offender. Finally, Cormier was sentenced to a total of 31 matches…

• Good news for the former captain of the Saguenéens, Laurent Dauphin, which is part of the 23 players roster announced departure in view of the opening match of the Coyote Arizona on Thursday…

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