Patrick Roy had mentioned wanting to select an attacker and a defender during the draft european of the canadian hockey League, Tuesday morning, and it is in Finland that he found what he was looking for. The boss hockey Quebec Remparts put the hand on the left winger Viljami Marjala with his first choice, and then set his sights on his compatriot, the defender Aapo Siivonen in the second round.
Marjala, an attacking left-handed 5 ‘ 11 ” and 153 lbs according to the site EliteProspects.com, has spent the last season between the programs under 18 and under 20 years of Kärpät, Finland. With the age of 18 years, he has accumulated a record of 35 points in 20 games while he added 8, also in 20 games, at the age of 20 years.
It had been particularly effective during the last Challenge world under 17 years of age in November last year in Swift Current and Medicine Hat. In five games, he has collected six points.
For its part, Siivonen, a left handed 6 ‘ and 159 lbs, has also played for the under-18 20-years-old last season in the affiliate team Lukko. Patients under the age of 18 years, he has amassed 16 points from five with less than 20 years.
The two players have confirmed their intention to play in Quebec city in 2020-2021.
“It’s been about three months that we talk with their agent (Sami Wool of the agency, Roy Sports Group) in order to see if it is possible to have them in Quebec, said Roy Tuesday. In the last month and a half, the conversations have intensified. What I love about it is that it brings new blood, since this is the first time that we fished out of the players Finnish,” said Roy.
The director-general of the Ramparts has had the opportunity to see Marjala evolve during the last global Challenge of the less than 17 years old and he has liked what he has seen. It is estimated to have between the hands a player who can be an impact offensive with his training and can already see to the left of Theo Rochette and Pierrick Dubé.
“For us, it was the key player. I think it’s going to be an attacker of the first plan. It is to him that we wanted to have and I was pretty confident that we were going to have because there are not many players in finland who are to pick him up,” said Roy, adding that, without comparing the talent of the two players, Marjala plays a style that is reminiscent of Mikko Rantanen.
On his side, the young attacker said he was motivated to the idea to start a new challenge in Quebec city, who will play a crucial season next year because he will be eligible, as Siivonen, at the NHL draft.
“I am very excited about this new opportunity. I have talked to several people before making my decision, but I think I have made the right choice. To be able to play for Patrick Roy is one of the reasons that pushed me to make this decision, as is the fact that my goal is to be drafted into the NHL”, he mentioned, accompanied by Siivonen during a conference call with the media in Quebec. The two players met at a camp, in Montreal, two years ago.
A PARTNER TO NAUSE
In the case of Siivonen, Roy is believed to have put the hand on a back able to complete the first-round of the team in the last draft, Evan Nause.
“He brings a different dimension to what we a. I think that he will be able to play with Nause on our first pair of defenders. This is a guy who blocks shots, who is able to support the attack and that plays well defensively. It is good to 200 feet.”
It is the agent Sami Wool that referred the defender to Roy himself, who, at the start, did in Marjala.
“The player that we had targeted in the beginning it was Marjala and then the agent asked me what I thought of the defender. I looked and I was comfortable with him. I wanted to have a combo and what I liked is that the two have different ages. It was perfect for us.”
In fact, Siivonen will evolve on his junior year of 18 the next season, but he will also be eligible for the first time at the NHL draft in 2021. Born on October 21, 2002, it is considered a “late” in the jargon of the hockey.
LAMBERT AND PETERKA
If it is the attacker, the Russian Matvey Petrov, who has been the first choice of auction international CHL Tuesday, the two choices that have the most talk has been made later in the draft.
The 33rd rank (27th in reality), the Blades of Saskatoon have tried their luck in selecting the attacker canado-Finnish Brad Lambert, a hope for the NHL draft in 2022.
His father, Ross, is a native of Saskatchewan, and has evolved to the Blades in 1982-1983. Brad has played at the level bantam AA in Saskatchewan in 2015-2016 but is changing in Finland since. It is also the scandinavian country on the international scene.
Then, the Knights of London have once again pulled a rabbit from their hat by putting the hand on the German John-Jason Peterka, an attacker is considered as a hope of the first round in the next NHL draft.
Nothing indicates, however, that the two talented players will make the jump into the CHL.
BEDNAR TO BATHURST
In the QMJHL, the Titan of Acadie-Bathurst has claimed the goalkeeper of the Czech Jan Bednar at the second-highest total. It is part of the best goalkeepers eligible for the next NHL draft. In the fifth step, the Halifax Mooseheads have set their sights on the attacker switzerland, Attilio Biasca.
For the teams of the territory served by The Journal de Québec, include the selection of the attacking Russian Alexander Lazarev by the Océanic of Rimouski in the first round. The Saguenéens of Chicoutimi, have them put the hand on two attackers, the Slovak Matej Kaslik and the Belarusian Sergei Kuznetsov. To be noted that the Sags are already two “Euros” on their list of protection, and the Russians Artemi Knyazev and Vladislav Kotkov.
“We are moving into an unknown situation for next season because of the pandemic, and we could choose two players to protect us and this is what we did,” said their director-general Yanick Jean by way of a press release.
With its two european players, the Drakkar of Baie-Comeau, has decided not to pick him this year.