A shrewd former recruiter talks about the CH succession

Former QMJHL scout Simon Boisvert has often been criticized for his pessimism and cynicism towards the Montreal Canadiens. The beauty of all this is that his opinion of him is not tinged with partisanship when he is called to evaluate the succession of the organization.

The one who at the time became famous for his keen opinions under the nickname “Snake70” on the web agreed to comment on several CH wannabes during a telephone interview with TVASports.ca.

The most alarming observation: on the offensive side, a future impact player worthy of the name is missing. And he misses, according to him, future NHL players. A situation that the staff hopes to correct at the next repechage.

“If you take out Suzuki and Caufield who are already in the NHL, it’s very, very subtle,” Boisvert noted.

However, he doesn’t hide his interest in a player he himself had recommended to the Val-d’Or Foreurs when working as a recruiter.

“I think the most talented offensive prospect for the Canadiens is Sean Farrell, but he’s 5’9”. He plays at Harvard and will turn 21 next year. He loses years of development. If he was in Laval this year or next year, [ç’aurait été plus emballant]. He’s stepping on the water a bit, sadly, considering his offensive potential.

But from the point of view of talent, if there is one that comes out and becomes a top 6, in my opinion, it will be him. ”

And Boisvert admits that Joshua Roy gave him a break for some time.

“I admit this year is really impressive, especially at 18. He is not 19. You always have to respect a kid who was 1st in the Junior League to score at 18. However, will he make it to the NHL? I don’t find him to have excellent execution speed. I really enjoyed the September retreat, but it’s still the retreat. For now it’s a question mark.

“I don’t know if he will play in the NHL. If he showed he can play, I would see him in the middle of the line-up, at the most in the top 9.

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Future regular defending players

Fortunately, the picture is more rosy in defense, where several aspirants aspire to play at the highest levels.

“I see a lot of potential NHL regulars, whether it’s Jordan Harris, Justin Barron, or Kaiden Guhle. I think these are three guys who will be playing regularly in the NHL, so that’s already very good,” Snake noted.

The same problem persists, however: the absence of a real actor of future impact.

“We don’t necessarily have the Quinn Hughes that we should have recruited in 2018. I don’t see a n. 1 or n. 2 right now, says Boisvert. It is not easy to get one. You find it in the repechage. This year, you see, in my opinion there is none. Better to go with a striker. ”

Had he never joined the Guhle general’s qualification due to his limited offensive capabilities, Boisvert could see him secure the shoulders of a more attack-prone defender, kind of like Marc-Édouard Vlasic, on the left. by Brent Burns, with the San Jose Sharks.

“Best scenario, the guy who accompanies some sort of Quinn Hughes in the first couple. A companion of disc motor. But offensively, it’s very, very limited. In attack, he has the potential for a second or even a third pair, but because he has good skating and a good first pass, he could accompany the first pair with a disc motor.

“It could be a shutdown who could you entrust 20-21 minutes per game to. But he won’t be defender no. 1 of the CH. If he is the No. 1 defender of the CH, the CH is in trouble.

It is in Justin Barron that Simon Boisvert sees the greatest potential in terms of production.

“I see him in 2nd unit of numerical advantage as long as the CH has his quarterback in 1st. Barron is a potential No. 3 or n. 4. he is still young. He wasn’t even 20 when he started in the American League.

Our man doesn’t share the overflowing enthusiasm of some amateurs when it comes to the Logan Mailloux project.

“He has the potential to play in the NHL except that, for the moment, he plays pretty much the old fashioned way because he has a great physique. He does what he wants on ice. He rushes into the opponent’s zone, comes back, doesn’t come back … Sometimes I find him a bit undisciplined on the ice, I find him a bit naughty.

“But he certainly has the tools to eventually reach the National League. The question is, will he be a third couple guy or a second couple guy? Will it take him two years in Laval? He is a project “.

And for what it’s worth, Boisvert never believed in Mattias Norlinder, who had a tough year, both in Sweden and in North America.

“Its potential never existed. As a legitimate hope, it never existed ”, analyzes Boisvert candidly, specifying however that his comments have nothing personal towards the man.

Simon Boisvert, in bulk …

On Emil Heineman, the perspective obtained by the Flames in the Tyler Toffoli exchange …

“His roof is the support player on one of the last two lines. This if it reaches it. From there to criticize the exchange? No. They already have a first choice. It is very rare that you can get a prominent perspective for a player like Toffoli. It is very rare, period, that you will get a top player. Martin Erat versus Filip Forsberg, it’s an anomaly, it’s a joke!

“Generally, you’re going to get a guy who gets the chance to make the NHL, but who’s usually a support player. I’m not criticizing the exchange at all. They’ll have Calgary’s first pick. Okay.”

On the decision to offer an entrance contract to Lucas Condotta, and not Brett Stapley …

“I understand the decision not to give Brett Stapley a contract. But I don’t understand Condotta’s idea, unless they just want to go get some kind of cop like he’s a big guy. I think he’s focused on adding muscle to the team.

“Stapley, it’s a 7th round pick, it’s a not factor. There’s a lot of Brett Stapley in the NCAA. People look at prospect lists and see NHL players everywhere! At some point there aren’t many NHLers! On average, there are one and three quarters per team for each repechage. About fifty, year after year.

“People see 20 potential customers and 17 NHLers. Yep, in the CH list, it’s not that bad. It’s just that there is no such thing as a super impact player. Let’s hope it’s in draft this year or next year. ”

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