Sunday Hits: Jr. Sens and no Boudreau

Q-Roundup

We are now two games into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League finals, with a couple of Senator prospects battling for the President’s Cup.

Game 1

2014 seventh round draft pick Francis Perron picked up an assist as his Rouyn – Noranda Huskies doubled up Shawinigan Cataractes. 2015 second round draft pick Gabriel Gagne scored his 10th goal of the playoffs to give the Cataractes the lead in the third period but the Huskies scored three unanswered goals to win the game 4 – 2.

Game 2

Francis Perron picked up the only assist on the first goal of the night and scored the last goal as the Huskies downed the Cataractes 4 – 1 in game #2. Gabriel Gagne was held pointless snapping his 4 game point streak.

Perron is currently tied for the most points in the QMJHL playoffs with 27  points (11-16) in 15 games played. Gagne is tied for 7th with 20 points (10-10) in 18 games played.

Bruce Boudreau off the list

Cross a name off the list for possible Ottawa Senator coaching candidates, because former Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has come to terms with the Minnesota Wild.

For a brief period it seemed like Boudreau and the Senators were a perfect fit as he had the experience the team was looking for and they were close to home for him. But as these things go, the Wild made Boudreau an offer that he couldn’t refuse, plus they’re built to win (and go deep) now while the Senators could be a playoff team nobody expects them to be more then a first round team they are still a bit away from being a contender.

In my opinion the door is now wide open for Bob Hartley, who I believe is the best choice, should GM Pierre Doirion offer the job to him.

2016 IIHF World Championship

  • Defenseman Chris Wideman picked up a power play goal as Team USA beat Team Belarus 6 – 3
  • Defenseman Codi Ceci picked up an assist and Forward Mark Stone had a goal and assist as Team Canada beat Team Hungary 7 – 1

 

Waiting on White

Yesterday afternoon TSN’s Darren Dreger tweeted that 2015 1st round draft pick (21st overall) Colin White was probably going to choose to stay in the NCAA with Boston College for the 2016 – 2017 season, rather than turn pro and probably play with the Senators.

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Before being drafted by the Senators with their second first round draft pick last June, Colin White picked up 17 points in 20 games (4-13) with the U.S National Development Team in the USHL.

While playing for Boston College, White scored 19 goals and 24 helpers for 43 points in 37 games. He was tied 5th overall in points, 5th in goals scored, he had the most short handed points, 5th best plus – minus (+24), and led all Hockey East Freshmen in scoring. White walked away from his first season with the Bernie Burke Award for the most Outstanding Freshman.

White also played for the USA in the IIHF World U20 Championships in Helsinki picking up 7 points (3-4) in 7 games.

Hockeys Future had this to say about White:

White is a dominating two-way center with elite hockey IQ. He has incredible anticipation and awareness, and his offensive skill-set gives him plenty of upside.White could become the team’s top-line center in the future.

While Future Consideration’s said:

Strong, well-rounded, two-way center…one of the best skaters for this draft…great speed with an excellent stride and tremendous acceleration…moves quickly and is tough to handle when he hits top speed…has great strength on his skates and is tough to separate from the puck…battles hard for possession…drives the net and is strong in close…can beat a goalie in many ways…has a great shot and also distributes the puck well…a very hard worker with an edge to his game…great on defense with a great defensive stick and strong defensive-zone awareness…always in the right spots on the ice and he is a tremendous worker. (August 2014)

And finally from Elite Prospects:

A prolific scoring threat, White is a strong 3-zone player with an eye for scoring chances. Thinks the game at a high level and always seeks to make an impact on the ice, with or without the puck. Never seems to be outbodied and is an exceptional skater. Puck-possession is definitely a strength. All-in-all, a skilled, 200-foot player who does all of the little things right and is able to make a large impact on the game and its outcome. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)

Sens fans might have to wait another season or two before they get to see White, but all indications are that when he does arrive they’ll be getting on hell of a center, too soon to say the next Patrice Bergeron?