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Two-way defender with strong offensive instincts who has worked to round out his game since being drafted. His ceiling will be determined by how he adjusts to the pace of professional hockey.


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June 2022 – Villeneuve and his Saint John Sea Dogs have won the 2022 Memorial Cup as the host city after being eliminated in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs. The Leafs prospect played a key role for the Sea Dogs during the tournament, averaging over 24 minutes of ice time per game and tallying three assists through four contests. Villeneuve will look to carry that momentum into his first professional season in 2022-23. Nick Richard

May 2022 – After a slow start, Villeneuve had an impressive 2021-22 season and was a key part of a strong Saint John Sea Dogs team in the QMJHL. He saw a resurgence in his point production, nearly equaling his numbers from his draft year when he led all QMJHL defenders in scoring and while that may not sound like an upward trajectory, his overall game has taken steps forward. While it isn’t a perfect stat by any means, that progress is illustrated in part by his +60 rating this past season compared to just +7 a year ago and a -5 mark in his draft year. He has done a better job of picking his spots in terms of pushing for offense, and he has become more composed as a defender while improving his overall mobility during the last two seasons. Now 20 years of age and a