14 June 2011
Center, 6’1”, 170lb, Saint-Jerome, QC, Can
Jonathan Huberdeau had an outstanding season for the Memorial Cup champion Saint John Sea Dogs.
Huberdeau’s strong play over the course of the season helped him move up in the draft rankings. He scored 43 goals with 62 assists in 67 games with the Sea Dogs and helped lead them to a Memorial Cup Championship. He also added a goal and an assist in the finals against the Mississauga Majors and was awarded the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the tournaments MVP.
In his rookie season with the Sea Dogs Huberdeau set a team record for most post season goals by a rookie, 11, and represented both Team Canada in the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and Team Quebec in the 2010 World Under-17 Challenge.
The KHL’s Vityaz Chekhov already drafted Jonathan Huberdeau this year during their annual draft. Huberdeau was surprised by the move telling the National Post, “For sure, I don’t want to go there... I didn’t talk to anybody about that.”
He is currently ranked 7th by the International Scouting service and made the trip to Long Island on Monday to meet with team personnel and tour the area.
What the Scouts are Saying
Chris Bordeleau, NHL Central Scouting- “He's the type of player who can change the outcome of a game suddenly and quickly. He's displayed unbelievably quick hands and an ability to set up and score goals. He definitely has NHL hands and playmaking ability . . . he's also gritty and does not back down when challenged.” (NHL.com)
Gerard Gallant, Saint John Sea Dogs- "He's still not the fastest, but I'd certainly label him the craftiest on our team. He's a quality, character kid. He competes both ways, battles for those goals around the net and competes hard in every situation. I can put Jonathan on the ice in any situation … the last minute of a game when we're behind by a goal or ahead by a goal. He comes to play every time. His vision is outstanding, he has great puck skills and I think he's the complete package." (NHL.com)
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