One QMJHL general manager is picking the Halifax Mooseheads to edge past the Gatineau Olympiques in “six or seven games” in the semifinals, which start Saturday at the Metro Centre.
Here’s his anonymous take.
>> “Halifax has more depth. They have three very good lines and more experience. Gatineau has (Claude) Giroux, but Halifax has two superstars — (Jakub) Voracek and (Brad) Marchand.”
>> “The only way Gatineau can win is if (goaltender Ryan) Mior is Gatineau’s best player in every game. He could do it. He’s 20, he’s been in the league for five years, he’s calm, he can keep his focus, and he has a lot of experience.”
>> “The key point for Halifax will be time of possession. Gatineau can kill you every night with their power play, but if you have a good penalty kill and time of possession, you can win.”
>> “The challenge is between Marchand and Giroux. Marchand has to be better than Giroux. I think Marchand has the character to play against Giroux and win that challenge.”
>> “I’m very impressed with (Mooseheads goalie Mark) Yetman. He was the big question mark. He’s had a good playoff. It’s no fluke. He was behind (Pier-Olivier) Pelletier all year but now he’s gotten a chance and he’s showing he can do the job.”
>> “Gatineau is the harder working team. They have the advantage behind the bench. Benoit Groulx runs a strict system. They’re one of the hardest working teams in the league with Chicoutimi and Cape Breton. They do it every night, every shift. If Halifax doesn’t play with intensity, they’ll get into trouble, but it’s the semifinals — that shouldn’t be a problem.”
Mooseheads should prevail over Olympiques: Rival GM
One QMJHL general manager is picking the Halifax Mooseheads to edgepast the Gatineau Olympiques in “six or seven games” in the semifinals,which start Saturday at the Metro Centre.