QMJHL Report: May 2021

Julian Mongillo

2021-05-07

 

 

The regular season has now officially come to a close and the President’s Cup Playoffs are now in full swing. With the qualifying playoff round completed the matchups are set for the quarter-finals.

While there haven’t been too many upsets thus far there was one big one that saw the 15th ranked Rimouski Oceanic take down the 5th ranked Shawinigan Cataractes in a deciding Game 5. Rimouski will now meet the top-seeded Quebec-based team in the Val-d’Or Foreurs in the quarter-final round.

With news that the OHL will not have a season in 2021, the Memorial Cup has also been canceled for the 2021 season leaving the QMJHL teams hungrier to capture the President’s Cup.

 

 

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Quarter-Final Round Matchups

 

The quarter-final round will consist of a best-of-five series that will have the round of eight series winners seeded with the highest seed against the lowest seed. The quarter-final matchups are as follows:

Charlottetown Islanders VS Acadie-Bathurst Titan

Val-d’Or Foreurs VS Rimouski Oceanic

Chicoutimi Saugeneens VS Quebec Remparts

Victoriaville Tigres VS Blaineville-Boisbriand Armada

After the conclusion of the quarter-final round of the Maritime division, the winner will join the three Quebec-based semi-finalists and that will re-seed teams based on final standings during the regular season. The winners of the two semi-finals will play in the President’s Cup FInal in a best-of-seven series to determine the champion. All the remaining playoff games will be played in the Videotron Centre in Quebec City.

 

 

2021 QMJHL Draft Eligibles

With some teams already knocked out of the playoff rounds, their focus will begin to shift to the upcoming QMJHL Draft that will take place on June 25th-26th, 2021. Similar to last season the event will be held virtually with the first round taking place on June 25th and rounds 2-14 taking place on June 26th.

With the draft set to take place in under two months, let’s continue to check in on some of the highly touted prospects that will be looking to begin their Junior careers next season.

 

Preston Lounsbury – Center

The New Brunswick native is a center who plays a strong two-way game and can be an offensive threat while being a physical and tough player to play against. He put up 10 points in 16 games played with the Moncton Flyers U18 AAA team and also ten points in eight playoff games. The 16-year-old looks like he has the tools to begin to develop into a premier two-way forward at the Junior level.

 

Luke Coughlin – Left Defense

Sticking to the east coast of Canada Luke Coughlin is another prospect entering the QMJHL Draft this season playing with the Charlottetown Knights U18 AAA. He has contributed nine points through eight regular-season games and added six in four playoff games. He is a mobile blueliner who can put up points in a hurry. He is undersized despite having time to mature but could fit in well into a high-scoring league like the QMJHL that is known for producing more mobile offensive defensemen like Coughlin.

 

Kayson Un Yi – Center

The 15-year-old is very undersized coming in at 5-7 and 130lbs which is very small-framed even at his young age. Despite his size, The centerman knows how to put up points with 24 points through 33 games with the Culver Military Academy 16U team. He possesses a lot of upside with higher-end skill and creativity but will need to prove he can manage the physical aspect of the game. In an era where smaller players are getting more recognition, he could be a solid draft pick for a team although he may be more suitable as a winger unless he can add some size.

 

 

Zach Attack at the 2021 NHL Draft

The QMJHL does not have too many high-level prospects expected to be taken in the first round of the draft but