Hischier leads QMJHL eligibles into Draft

Austin Broad2016 Draft Center, QMJHL

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The 2017 NHL Draft is fast approaching with the first round set to kick-off at United Center in Chicago on June 23. Future Considerations has spent the season in rinks spanning the globe in preparation for Future Considerations’ 2017 NHL Draft Guide.

And, according to Future Considerations, these are the top-ranked Quebec Major Junior Hockey League players the 2017 draft has to offer:

Nico Hischier, C, Halifax Mooseheads, 6-1, 175, 01-04-1999
Hischier, second in Future Considerations’ Final ranking for the 2017 NHL Draft and the top-ranked skater from the QMJHL, had an excellent season for the Halifax Mooseheads. Hischier scored 38 goals and added 48 assists for 86 total points in 57 games played and was named both the QMJHL Rookie of the Year and the Canadian Hockey League Rookie of the Year for his outstanding performance. Hischier, who will challenge Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings as the first overall pick in 2017, has offensive flash that few match in the draft class. He was excellent at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship for Switzerland, a performance that really helped his draft stock. In five games at the World Juniors, Hischier scored four goals and added three assists for seven points.

Maxime Comtois, LW, Victoriaville Tigres, 6-2, 200, 01-08-1999
Comtois, 24th in Future Considerations’ Final ranking and the second-ranked skater out of the QMJHL, had very good season for the Victoriaville Tigres. He scored 22 goals and added 29 assists for 51 points in 64 games. Comtois also represented Canada as an assistant captain at the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Championship and in his five games played scored two goals and had 28 penalty minutes.

Antoine Morand, C, Acadie-Bathurst Titan, 5-10, 175, 02-18-1999
Morand, 47th in Future Considerations’ Final ranking and the third-ranked skater out of the QMJHL, had a very successful campaign with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. His season started by being named as an alternate captain to the club, and he continued on by scoring 28 goals and 74 points in 67 games for Acadie-Bathurst. Morand also added two goals and 10 assists for 12 points in 11 playoff games.

Pierre-Olivier Joseph, D, Charlottetown Islanders, 6-2, 160, 07-01-1999
Joseph, 50th in Future Considerations’ Final ranking and the fourth-ranked skater out of the QMJHL, scored six goals and added 33 assists for 39 points in 62 games played. Joseph also added one goal and five assists for six points in 13 playoff games played for the Charlottetown Islanders. Joseph is a little undersized, but has big potential that will help him jump to the next level.

Ivan Chekhovich, LW, Baie-Comeau Drakkar, 5-10, 175, 01-04-1999
Chekhovich 52nd in Future Considerations’ Final ranking and the fifth-ranked skater from the QMJHL, scored 26 goals and added 33 assists for 59 points in 60 games played for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar this season. Chekhovic also added one goal and two assists for three points in four playoff games, and helped Russia to bronze at the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Championship after scoring five goals and nine points in seven games.