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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 2023 – Villeneuve had a solid first full professional season with the Toronto Marlies. The 21-year-old defenseman had three goals and 25 points in 54 AHL contests, which ranked second in scoring for Toronto blueliners. He has shown strong offensive instincts throughout his development while improving the defensive side of his game. Just he still needs to address his decision-making. Villeneuve is prone to bad turnovers or mistakes at times, which can hamper his overall upside. If he can clean up that area of his game, there is no reason for him not to become at least a third-pair defenseman for the Maple Leafs.Curtis Rines

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 already under contract with the Leafs, Villeneuve will be looking to continue that progress when he joins the Marlies for the 2022-23 season. Nick Richard

December 2021 – Villeneuve got off to a slow start offensively but has picked up the pace significantly in recent weeks. After picking up just four assists in his first 11 games, he has added three goals and 14 assists in the 13 games since. He was the highest-scoring defenceman in the QMJHL during his draft year but has focused on improving his defensive game in the last couple of seasons. It seems Villeneuve may be finding that balance between playing a solid defensive game while still finding a way to let his offensive skills shine through. Nick Richard

September 2021 – The Leafs have signed Villeneuve to a three-year, entry level contract. He had a strong showing at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament and will gain some valuable experience at NHL training camp before presumably heading back to Saint John for another season in the QMJHL. Expect Villeneuve to see time with the Marlies once his junior season wraps up and join the team full-time in 2022-23. Nick Richard

May 2021 – Villeneuve proved in 2019 that he could rack up points when called upon. In 2020 his priority shifted to focusing on simple plays to move pucks through the defensive and neutral zones with more of a team effort, and strides were certainly made in this direction. His points total did dip down to 20 points in 33 games, but his decision-making is becoming much more pro-ready. With his QMJHL season concluded, he is joining the AHL Marlies on a tryout deal. This would have to go extremely well for the 19-year-old to not return to the Q in 2021-22; he still has work to do on his skating and he is better served playing big minutes in junior rather than rotating in and out of a crowded AHL back end. Hayden Soboleski

October 2020 – The Maple Leafs have selected Villeneuve in the 4th round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, slightly lower than anticipated on many pre-draft rankings. After being a 2nd-overall pick in the QMJHL draft, Villenueve has become a strong two-way player for the Sea Dogs (currently wearing an “A”) and was nominated for QMJHL D-men of the Year for the 2019-20 campaign. His hockey IQ and puck moving skills are highly praised along with his calmness under pressure, however it is universally accepted that his skating stride needs significant improvement if he’s going to succeed in pro hockey. If he can improve this technical skill, he projects as a 2nd-pairing defender capable of putting up point totals; definitely a tab for your fantasy radar but don’t draft just yet. Despite good size at 6’1″, he is several years from NHL consideration. Hayden Soboleski

September 2019 – Villeneuve is a decent two-way defenseman. He will make quality shots from the perimeter and completes smart and efficient passes in the offensive zone. Fans should not expect Villeneuve to be one of the more dominant point-getters in the QMJHL as he is far from a true offensive defenseman. Yet, he is efficient in all three zones and has shown to be a dependable puck mover. In terms of his skating, his edgework is exceptional and he transitions well from forward to backward. From a fantasy perspective, he more than likely will be a serviceable top four defenseman in the NHL. He is capable of posting a 40-50 point season if completely healthy. Josh Tessler

Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth March 20, 2002
Height 6‘2”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 4; Overall: 122


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Sherbrooke Jr. Phoenix M13 AAQC Int PW3 0 11 4|        
 2014-2015 Sherbrooke Jr. Phoenix M13 AAQC Int PW4 0 11 0|        
 2015-2016 Sherbrooke Harfangs M15 AAAQM15AA27 4 1115 10|Qualification3 0 22
  Sherbrooke Harfangs M15 AAA EQM15AAA E12 0 11 6|Qualification1 0 00
 2016-2017 Sherbrooke Harfangs M15 AAA EQM15AAA E25 5 2732 10|Qualification3 0 22
  Sherbrooke Harfangs M17 AAAQM17AAA9 0 22 4|        
 2017-2018 Magog CantonniersQM18AAA40 9 2534 12|Playoffs18 4 1115
  Magog CantonniersTelus Cup7 0 55 4|        
 2018-2019 Team Green U17-Dev- - -- -|        
  Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL55 1 1819 26|        
  Canada Red U17WHC-176 0 44 2|        
 2019-2020 Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL64 9 4958 50|        
 2020-2021 Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL33 3 1720 22|Playoffs6 1 56
  Toronto MarliesAHL2 0 00 0|        
 2021-2022 Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL64 8 4856 28|Playoffs5 0 11
  Saint John Sea DogsMemorial Cup4 0 33 4|        
 2022-2023 Toronto MarliesAHL54 3 2225 32|        
 2023-2024 Toronto MarliesAHL54 2 2325 43|        
 2024-2025 Toronto MarliesAHL- - -- -|