He may not be on top of Future Considerations’ 2011 NHL Entry Draft Ranking, but Saint John Sea Dogs forward Jonathan Huberdeau is on top of the world.
Huberdeau, second only to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in draft rankings, helped his QMJHL club to their first President’s Cup victory in franchise history. In fact, his goal with just 23 seconds left in Game 6 tied the game with the Gatineau Olympiques before Alexandre Beauregard ended the game at 15:45 of the second overtime to clinch the QMJHL title.
But the President’s Cup wasn’t the only trophy in Huberdeau’s hands Sunday night.
After an incredible playoff run that saw the St. Jerome, PQ. native record 16 goals and 30 points in 19 games, Huberdeau was named the Guy Lafleur Trophy as playoff MVP, joining the likes of Claude Giroux, Jonathan Bernier, Sidney Crosby and Brad Richards as recipients of the award.
Huberdeau, who had 43 goals and 105 points in 67 games this year, was shut out at the QMJHL awards banquet earlier this year after being up for the Michel Briere award as the league’s most valuable player, the Mike Bossy Award as the league’s top professional prospect and the Paul-Dupont Trophy, awarded to the league’s personality of the year.
Huberdeau’s season is far from over.
The six-foot-two, 170-pound centre will now set his sights on a Memorial Cup title as his Sea Dogs will square off against WHL champion Kootenay Ice, OHL victors Owen Sound Attack and host Mississauga Ice Dogs.
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