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2015 NHL Draft Watch: Alexandre Alain

Midget AAA report : Seminaire St-Francois

The Seminaire St-Francois, based in St-Augustin is a well-respected private school in Quebec. Their hockey program has produced Stanley cup winner Patrice Bergeron and this season they are among the top teams of the midget AAA league. McKeen’s Hockey scout Rick Springhetti focuses on some of the key contributor’s to their early success, including ninth overall pick in the 2013 QMJHL draft, Alexandre Alain.

Alexandre Alain (2015), RW, Seminaire St-Francois (Midget AAA)

Selected in the first round of the 2013 QMJHL Draft - ninth overall - by the Gatineau Olympique .. missed parts of the 2012-13 season after doctors discovered a tumour on his spinal cord, however has managed to make a full recovery .. energy player with some good offensive ability .. a good overall skater who looks even faster as he is always moving his feet .. his turns could be smoother which would help his balance .. corrals passes well and quickly releases shots to the net leading to goals or at least creates scoring opportunities .. plays well in his own zone using his speed to quickly get into position .. reliable in terms of his work ethic .. used in many situations by the coaching staff.

Felix-Andre Bouchard (2015), D, Seminaire St-Francois (Midget AAA)

A ninth-round selection - 157th overall - by Rouyn-Noranda in the 2013 QMJHL Draft .. a short, stocky defender .. hits harder than most expect him to .. shows sound judgment in 1-on-1 situations .. also possesses good gap control - while deploying a quick stick effectively to steal pucks away from opponents .. generates a solid burst of straight-ahead speed .. his backwards skating and overall footwork will need to improve however .. he does possess decent balance and can also move well laterally .. not a very creative passer but moves the puck quickly .. has trouble handling the puck at fast speeds .. shot is not overly hard but he hits the net.

David Lavoie (2015), LW, Seminaire St-Francois (Midget AAA)

Possesses a strong lower body that helps him garner decent quickness - yet is a not a very fluid skater .. needs a few strides to hit top speed .. extremely tough to move off the puck as he has excellent balance .. will engage opponents with authority on the forecheck .. will have to work on improving his shot which needs to be released a lot quicker if he is going to put more points on the boards .. a strong player who is steadily learning how to best exploit his power especially near the crease .. not overly imaginative - yet a smart forward who plays within his limits.

Charles Taillon (2017), LW, Seminaire St-Francois (Midget AAA)

Frame is already well-developed for his age .. seems quite strong physically .. gains good speed due to a powerful stride while using his arms to generate additional power .. can be undisciplined defensively .. runs around and tries to do too much .. displays a non-stop motor when he is going after the puck along the boards .. can take opponents off their game with his intensity and work ethic .. not particularly creative with the puck - however can be effective when matched up with teammates who can feed him the puck near the crease .. still developing his shot release .. scores goals by going to the net hard and taking advantage of rebounds or tip-ins.