NHL Draft profile: Jonathan Huberdeau
June, 8, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series of profiles on top prospects in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft focuses on center Jonathan Huberdeau of the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Jonathan Huberdeau. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: June 4, 1993/Saint-Jerome, Quebec
Height/Weight: 6-1, 170 pounds
2010-11 Team: Saint John (QMJHL)
|NHL Central Scouting||3rd (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||4th overall|
|International Scouting Services||3rd overall|
|The Hockey News||5th overall|
|Finished third in the QMJHL in scoring with 105 points (43 goals, 62 assists) in 67 games for Saint John. Had 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists) in 19 playoff games as Saint John won the QMJHL championship. Picked up 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in 4 games as Saint John won the Memorial Cup.|
|Had 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 61 games for Saint John as a rookie. Set a franchise record for most playoff goals by a rookie, scoring 11 in 21 games as Saint John made it to the QMJHL final.|
|ESPN.com scouting report|
|Positives: Hockey sense. Skill. Skating. Competitive instincts. Creativity. Will even drop the gloves.
Negatives: Slight build at this point makes a jump to pros a down-the-road thing.
ESPN.com Jonathan Huberdeau Profile
|"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." - Chris Bordeleau, NHL Central Scouting
"A dynamic puck handler, has excellent vision, and understands the game very well. ... He is a complete player; a great combination of work ethic, skill, competitiveness and hockey sense. He contributes at both ends of the rink." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"Great hands. I would compare them to Patrick Kane's. He has vision and playmaking but those hands...unbelievable." - A scout, quoted in The Hockey News Draft Preview 2011
|2010-11||Saint John (QMJHL)||67||43||62||105||+59||88|
|2009-10||Saint John (QMJHL)||61||15||20||35||+28||43|
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.
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