Max Lajoie

Ottawa Senators
www.bellevillesens.com

Fantasy Summary

Middle-pair defenseman with offensive upside.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 5, 1997
Height 6‘1”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 5; Overall: 133

Observations

March 2019 – Lajoie was considered a very early season surprise for the Ottawa Senators. Not even expected to make the team out of camp, Lajoie found himself in very early Calder conversation. He gradually came back down to earth as the season progressed. At this point, however, the Senators must feel that they have more in him than they did last year. To this point, Lajoie has scored at the same rate in the NHL as he did in last year’s AHL season. With the situation in Ottawa in flux, Lajoie could see value in blocks and shots, averaging nearly 1.5 each per game. If his offence can continue to grow, he may hold value as a second-pairing defenceman on a potentially high-scoring offence in the future. Jordan Deshane

June 2017 – Lajoie has proven to be steady over his three years with the Swift Current Broncos. He’s improved his PPG rate for the second consecutive year, if only marginally, to 0.62 with seven goals and 35 helpers in 68 games and also had a massive swing in his plus-minus by 41, going from minus-21 in 2015-16 to plus-20 this past season. He’s likely never going to be a big point producer but Lajoie plays a solid two-way game that should help his succeed at the next level. Brad Phillips

October 2016 – Ottawa picked their only defenseman with their fifth round pick by selecting Max Lajoie of the Swift Current Broncos. He’s known more for his offensive skills but worked hard to improve on his defense this year. He had a great rookie season in 2014-15 by amassing 41 points in 72 games but improved upon those numbers this past year with 37 points in only 62 games while also taking on much more defensive responsibility, munching minutes often playing against the opponent’s top players. Lajoie’s a smooth, elegant skater that have caused some to compare him to Duncan Keith. While it’s far too early to make any comparisons to a perennial Norris Trophy contender, this has the potential to be a great value pick as some pre-draft projections had him as a second or third round selection. On the back of a standout performance in the rookie tournament, Lajoie has been signed to a three-year entry-level deal. He’s competing in his third WHL campaign with the Broncos, second sporting an ‘A’ on his jersey, and has been held off the scoresheet in three games so far. Brad Phillips


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 CRAA Blue Bantam AA HCBAA 25 2 8 10 28 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
 2011-2012 Calgary Royals Bantam AAA AMBHL 33 3 9 12 18 |          
  Team Calgary South Alberta Cup 5 1 1 2 4 |          
 2012-2013 Team Alberta WCCC-16 - - - - - |          
  Calgary Royals Midget AAA AMHL 28 1 10 11 12 | Playoffs 5 1 2 3
 2013-2014 Calgary Royals Midget AAA AMHL 32 7 10 17 10 |          
  Swift Current Broncos WHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2014-2015 Swift Current Broncos WHL 72 7 33 40 22 | Playoffs 4 1 2 3
 2015-2016 Swift Current Broncos WHL 62 8 29 37 28 |          
 2016-2017 Swift Current Broncos WHL 68 7 35 42 26 | Playoffs 14 1 8 9 10 
 2017-2018 Belleville Senators AHL 56 1 14 15 12 |          
  Brampton Beast ECHL 1 0 0 0 2 |          
 2018-2019 Ottawa Senators NHL 56 7 8 15 20 |          
  Belleville Senators AHL 3 0 1 1 0 |          

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