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Top 13 prospects for QMJHL draft

QMJHL Central Scouting director Patrick Charbonneau breaks down the top prospects for Saturday’s draft.

QMJHL Central Scouting director Patrick Charbonneau breaks down the top prospects for Saturday’s draft.

1. D Michael Matheson Consensus No. 1 prospect says he’s going NCAA … Compares in style to Scott Niedermayer … Skating is his No. 1 asset.

2. LW Luca Ciampini Sniper who compares in style to Dany Heatley … Every time there’s a rebound, it ends up on his stick … Always in the right place to score goals.

3. D Dominic Poulin Offensive-minded power-play quarterback with a booming slap shot … Similar in style to Shea Weber … Needs to step up his defensive game.

4. D Jeremie Fraser Dominated midget AAA with impressive size and strength … Solid two-way player … Not as much upside as Matheson or Poulin.

5. F Stefan Matteau Son of former NHL checker Stephane Matteau … Complete player … May not play in Q — reportedly committed to U.S. under-17 program.

6. C/LW Taylor Burke Halifax native is something of a power forward … Goes into traffic to score goals … Protects the puck well … Hits.

7. C/LW Liam O’Brien Halifax native gives his all every shift … … Can be used in any situation.

8. D Dillon Fournier Mobile stay-at-homer … Excellent first passer who leads the breakout … Untapped offensive upside.

9. G Francois Tremblay Quick legs and lateral moves … Great reflexes … Needs to avoid playing too deep in his net.

10. F Brent Turnbull True power forward … Boasts an intimidating shot … Finishes all of his checks.

11. F Frederick Gamelin Excellent skating ability and vision … Playmaker and scorer but good defensively … Size a concern but determination compensates.

12. D Justin Hache Best Maritime defenceman available … Mobile … Game geared toward the offensive end.

13. F Charles Hudon Scores spectacular goals … Ultra-quick hands with a great wrist shot and good skating ability … A potential Q sniper.

 
 
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