Jeremy Lauzon-Defense, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Like Charlie McAvoy, Jeremy Lauzon built upon his reputation at the WJC. Also like McAvoy, Lauzon potted a huge goal in the gold medal game. In addition to these similarities, Lauzon is also looking like a steal at his draft spot (52nd Overall). With two goals, three points, and a plus-5 throughout the tournament Lauzon has kept the train moving this season. For Rouyn-Noranda in “The Q,” Lauzon has 11 points through 13 games while playing in all situations.
The 6’3″, 205 pound Lauzon has the size (and the tools) to succeed at the next level, and likely soon. He’s physical without crossing the line. He jumps into the rush, but judiciously so; he’s rarely caught out of position. Lauzon sees the ice well, makes a great first pass, and possesses a quick release. Furthermore, he has a mental toughness that cannot be coached. The 19-year-old rushed back from a gruesome neck laceration in time to play in last year’s Memorial Cup Final and did not skip a beat.
With considerable turnover expected on Boston’s blue line next season, Lauzon should be in the thick of the competition.