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 is not colored by bias when asked to assess the succession of the organization.
Whoever became known for his sharp opinions at the time under the nickname “Snake70” on the web agreed to comment on several CH hopefuls during a phone interview with TVAsports.ca.
The most disturbing observation: The attack side lacks a future impact player worthy of the name. And he says he misses future NHL players. A situation that the staff hopes to correct at the next rematch.
“If you take out Suzuki and Caufield who are already in the NHL, it’s very, very thin,” noted Boisvert.
However, he does not hide his interest in a player he himself recommended to the Val-d’Or Foreurs when he was working as a recruiter.
“I think Sean Farrell is the most talented striker for the Canadiens, but he is 5’9”. He plays at Harvard and turns 21 next year. It loses years of development. If he had been to Laval this year or next year, [ç’aurait été plus emballant]† He’s a little treading water, unfortunately, given his offensive potential.
“But on the talent side, if anyone comes out and becomes a top 6, I think it’s him.”
And Boisvert admits that Joshua Roy has been putting him on hiatus for a while.
“I admit he is very impressive this year, especially at age 18. He is not 19 years old. You always have to respect a man who scored first in the junior class at 18. However, will it move to the NHL? I don’t think it has excellent execution speed. I liked it a lot at training camp in September, but it’s still training camp. For now, it’s a question mark.
“I don’t know if he’s going to play in the NHL. If he proves he can play, I’d see him in the middle of the formation, in the top-9 at his best.
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Future regular players on the defensive
Fortunately, the picture is brighter in defence, where several hopeful players have the ambition to play at the highest level.
“I see a lot of potential NHL regulars, be it Jordan Harris, Justin Barron or Kaiden Guhle. I think these are three guys who will be playing in the NHL regularly, so it’s already very good,” said the Snake.
However, the same problem remains: the lack of a real future impact player.
“We don’t necessarily have the Quinn Hughes that we should have drafted in 2018. I don’t see a number 1 or number 2 at the moment,” says Boisvert. It’s not easy to get one. You will find it in the rematch. This year, you see, in my opinion there is none. It’s better to go with a striker.”
If he never joined Guhle’s qualifier as a general because of his limited offensive skills, Boisvert could see him on the backs of a defender more prone to attack, a bit like Marc-Édouard Vlasic did. the San Jose sharks.
“At best the man who kind of accompanies Quinn Hughes on the first pair. a companion of puck mover† But offensively it is very, very limited. Offensively he has the potential for a second or even third pair, but since he skates well and has a good first pass, he would have a good first pass on the 1st pair. puck mover†
“It can be a shut down to whom you could entrust 20-21 minutes per game. But he won’t be CH’s number 1 defender. If it’s CH’s #1 defender, CH is in trouble.
It is in Justin Barron that Simon Boisvert sees the greatest potential in terms of production.
“I see him on a 2nd unit of numerical advantage, provided the CH has his quarterback on 1st. Barron is a potential No. 3 or No. 4. He is still young. He was not yet 20 when he started in the American League.
Our man does not share the overflowing enthusiasm of certain amateurs when it comes to the Logan Mailloux project.
“He has the potential to play in the NHL, except he’s playing pretty much every old way at the moment because he’s got a good physique. He does what he wants on the ice. He runs into the opposition, he comes back, he won’t come back… I find him a bit undisciplined on the ice sometimes, I find him a bit naughty.
“But he certainly has the tools to eventually make it to the National League. The question is, will it be a 3rd pair man or a 2nd pair man? Will he need two years in Laval? He’s a project.”
And for what it’s worth, Boisvert never believed in Mattias Norlinder, who had a tough year both in Sweden and North America.
“His potential never existed. As a legitimate hope, it never existed,” Boisvert analyzes candidly, indicating, however, that his comments have nothing personal towards the man.
Simon Boisvert, in bulk…
On Emil Heineman, the prospect obtained from the Flames in the trade of Tyler Toffoli…
“His ceiling is support player on one of the last two lines. That’s when he reaches it. Criticize the exchange from there? No. They already have a 1st choice. It’s rare to get a top candidate for a player like Toffoli. It’s rare to get a top player Martin Erat v Filip Forsberg, it’s an anomaly, it’s a joke†
“Generally speaking, you get a guy who has a chance to make it to the NHL, but who is mostly a support player. I’m not criticizing the exchange at all. They will have Calgary’s first choice. It’s good.”
About the decision to offer Lucas Condotta an access contract, 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 it’s meant to add muscle to the team .
“Stapley, he’s a 7th round pick, he’s a… non-factor† There’s a lot of Brett Stapley in the NCAA. People look at prospect lists and they see NHL players everywhere! At some point there aren’t that many left NHLers† On average, there are one and three quarters per team per repechage. About fifty years after year.
“People see 20 prospects and 17 NHLers† Already in the CH list it is not so bad. There is just no super impact player. Hopefully it will be in the draft this year or next year.”