The QMJHL is dominating the top half of the CHL Mosaik MasterCard Top 10 rankings with the Moncton Wildcats and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles ranked 2nd and 3rd respectfully.  What’s so interesting is no one really gave anyone in the Atlantic Division a chance this year except for the Saint John Sea Dogs.  Cape Breton didn’t have their A game on Friday when I tuned into the game before the Maineiacs started.

Another team that I questioned, the Drummondville Voltigeurs, is ranked 7th.  Shawinigan is hanging in the Top Ten at the 10th slot.  I wouldn’t put too much stock into these ranking right now.  In a week or two, these ranking will have some stock as everybody will be back from NHL camps.  They should start releasing these rankings until late October for this very reason.

The QMJHL released the September Players of the Month.  The Offensive Player of the Month went to Samson Mahbod who had six goals and seven assists in six games.  No question about it.  He has found his scoring touch as a 19-year-old.  He put numbers up in Junior A and it has finally translated to the QMJHL game.

Another Drummondville Voltigeuer, Dmitry Kulikov, has won the Rookie of the Month award.  The defenseman had two goals and six assists.  He will be eligible for the NHL Draft next summer.  If he keeps this pace up, he could sneak into the first round of the NHL Draft.  These two players are a big part of Drummondville’s success.

Nicola Riopel was the Defensive Player of the Month.  The Maineiacs saw first hand how good he has been so far this season.  If Robert Mayer was able to sign a free agent contract, Riopel should be getting some offers soon.

The Rouyn-Noranada Huskies and the Prince Edward Island Rocket completed a deal today.  The Huskies got veteran goaltender Antoine Lafluer for an eighth round draft pick in next year’s Midget Draft.  Last year was a struggle for Lafluer after being a high draft pick of the New York Rangers.  What a pick up he would be if he can turn it around this season.

Travis Stacey of the Gatineau Olympiques has been suspended three games for throwing a punch in the final five minutes of the game against Montreal Sunday.

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)


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