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Fantasy Summary

Power-forward with a strong shot and top-six scoring upside


Observations

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April 2020 –  Légaré had a bit of a setback season this year. Playing on a weaker team might have affected his play throughout the year. He was worst on the team in plus minus with a minus-24 rating and was one of the top players in the QMJHL leading in goals against. So it is hard to determine if he was struggling defensively or if it was just because he was on a weaker defensive team. On the upside, Légaré has proved he can work well on the power-play, having scored 14 power-play goals this season. He ended up finishing the year with 35 goals and 36 assists for 71 total points in 61 games played with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Clare McManus

 

February 2020 – The sniping winger has 27 goals and 30 assists in 51 games, better than a point per QMJHL game. It is, however, significantly behind his 2018-19 pace that resulted in 45 scores and 42 helpers in 68 outings. That could be explained by Baie-Comeau struggling at around .500 compared to the Drakkar’s 49-15-2 record last season. More evidence? After finishing plus-37 in the team’s 102-point campaign, Légaré is minus-24 so far this time. Mark Allan

 

September 2019 – Who says pre-season games don’t count? Légaré signed a three-year, entry-level contract ($925,000 AAV) the day after scoring twice in 23 seconds in a 4-1 exhibition win over Columbus. The sniping RW leads Pittsburgh with three points in two “meaningless” outings so far. This is promising for the Penguins, who traded up to take him with the 74th-overall pick in this year’s entry draft. Légaré is renowned for his heavy shot, although concerns remain about his skating. The 18-year-old will work on that once he’s returned to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Mark Allan

 

June 2019 – Opting for quality over quantity with their draft picks, Pittsburgh traded up to choose Légaré in the third round. In exchange, the Penguins surrendered their fourth-round, fifth-round, and seventh-round picks in the 2019 draft to the Arizona Coyotes. The sturdy winger’s second-year production (45 goals, 42 helpers and plus-37 in 68 games) was dramatically better than his rookie campaign with Baie-Comeau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. His 87 points for the Drakkar were eighth in the league, and 52 penalty minutes underscored his physical willingness. Three scores and an assist in seven playoff games as well as four goals in seven appearances in the under-18 world junior championship supported his growing reputation as a sniper. His variety of effective shots includes a howitzer and a superior wrister. The power forward hits to hurt, although his skating is deficient. His ability to address that will determine whether he plays in the NHL and on what line. Légaré plays hard, protects the puck and keeps his feet moving. That’s important because, while his first few steps are decent, his acceleration and top speed are mediocre at best. He’ll have time in junior and the minor pros to work on that. Mark Allan

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country CAN
Position RW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth January 11, 2001
Height 6‘0”
Weight 205 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 3; Overall: 74

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Mille-Îles SeigneursQC Int PW2 1 01 4|        
 2013-2014 Mille-Îles SeigneursQC Int PW AA Elite2 1 23 0|        
  Mille-Îles Seigneurs Bntm AAA RQBAA4 1 12 2|Playoffs1 1 12
 2014-2015 Mille-Îles Seigneurs U15 AAAQBAAA32 12 1325 38|        
 2015-2016 Mille-Îles Seigneurs U15 AAAQBAAA33 26 3359 56|        
  Mille-Îles Seigneurs Mdgt EspoirQMEAA1 0 00 2|        
 2016-2017 Saint-Eustache VikingsQMAAA40 20 3151 72|Playoffs5 0 22 14 
  Team Québec White QGC-165 2 35 2|        
 2017-2018 Team Gold U17-Dev3 2 02 6|        
  Baie-Comeau DrakkarQMJHL62 10 1929 43|Playoffs5 0 11
  Canada White U17WHC-176 2 13 8|        
 2018-2019 Baie-Comeau DrakkarQMJHL68 45 4287 52|Playoffs7 3 14
  Canada U18WJC-187 4 04 4|        
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 00 2|        
 2019-2020 Baie-Comeau DrakkarQMJHL61 35 3671 75|        
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 1 01 2|        
 2020-2021 Baie-Comeau DrakkarQMJHL- - -- -|        

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