QMJHL Report – The Lafreniere Watch (September 2019)
Welcome to another season of QMJHL coverage at Dobber Prospects.
After another strong QMJHL representation at the 2019 Memorial Cup, the CHL championship bragging rights remain in the East. Congrats to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
Graduates of Note
The long-shot seventh-round selection of the San Jose Sharks made his mark in 2018-19 and finished second in QMJHL scoring. After signing late in the year with the AHL affiliate, Chekhovich showed well producing four points in five games. With the Sharks significant signings of Erik Karlsson, Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc, the organization will soon be leaning heavily on cap-friendly prospect depth like Chekhovich. Look for Chekhovich to refine his game in the AHL this season.
Veleno will bring his non-stop motor to the AHL affiliate of the Motor City in 2019-20. The 2018 Detroit first-rounder had a terrific season and hit the century mark for points in 2018-19 with Drummondville. Detroit is loaded up front with young speedsters and Veleno will look to carve out his place within the organizational depth chart. Starting in Grand-Rapids this season, his two-way play will likely help him make a smooth transition to the pro game. As history tells us, Detroit plays the slow hand with its prospects and they will do the same with Veleno.
Peter Abbandonato (TB)
When you finish as the league’s top scorer, you turn some heads. The undrafted Abbandonato earned an AHL contract with Tampa Bay affiliate Syracuse Crunch and is following in the footsteps of former QMJHL alumni. Tampa Bay returned to the well after signing Alex Barre-Boulet last season. As well, the main roster is loaded with former QMJHL players such as Cedric Paquette, Yanni Gourde, Mathieu Joseph and Louis Domingue. At the rate the Lightning have been promoting talent out of Syracuse, Abbandonato is in a good situation and is a name worth