Junior Archive

Remparts versus Sags

Sunday afternoon the Chicoutimi Saguenéens visited Quebec for a QMJHL matinee. The first 2 periods saw the Sags score once each frame and stake a 2-0 lead, but the home squad came back with 2 in the third to force overtime.  The 3-3 OT saw many chances, most by the Remparts, and at the 4:10

Remparts versus Tigres

Friday night the Victoriaville Tigres came to Quebec City to play the Remparts in QMJHL action. It was an entertaining game that ended in a 3-2 Tigres victory.  The top prospect in the game was Maxime Comtois of Victoriaville, rated in the top-10 for the 2017 NHL draft.  He was deployed in all situations, seeing

Series Finale

The final game of the Canada / Russia Series was tonight and Team QMJHL beat Russia for the second time in three nights. Notable players that had good games this week include several that I will see this weekend in Quebec City. Maxime Comtois of the Victoriaville Tigres opened and closed the scoring with 2 goals

Birthday Scouting Trip

This weekend I am headed off to Quebec City to take in a couple of Remparts games and enjoy the beautiful city for my birthday. Friday the Remparts take on the Victoriaville Tigres and Sunday sees the Chicoutimi Saguenéens come to town. The most intriguing prospect on display will be Maxime Comtois of the Victoriaville

Thanks Shawn, plus splitting hairs

Thanks to Shawn Roarke of NHL.com @sroarke_nhl for challenging my initial Tweet on Christian Dvorak. I did initially say “college numbers” in reference to Dvorak’s career, when of course he played junior. It was a case of green jersey transference. My mind saw a player winning a spring championship in a green jersey on a

Is 18 the new 19?

Traditionally the NHL entry draft has even the top players coming from their junior, college, or European backgrounds with only token World Junior Championship experience at best. However, this year 6 of the top 9 prospects not only played at the WJC, but played major roles for their respective countries. With the state of the

Do you feel lucky?

So the Draft Lottery is done and the 2016 draft will see Toronto #1, Winnipeg #2, and Columbus #3 – while Buffalo stays at #8. The Oilers and Canucks fell 2 spots and the Flames fell 1. Getting into the top 3 in this draft is huge, so Winnipeg is obviously happy. For me, I

Online Assist

There is now a menu with links to other hockey sites and leagues on gilbertportland.com Check it out on the right side below the Tweets. If you want to find European teams, click on Champions Hockey League and then click on Clubs on their site, it will bring up a nice menu of almost all the

September faceoffs

Hockey is getting going and leagues are moving from camp to regular season games. The QMJHL gets underway TODAY. You will have to wait 2 more weeks for the OHL & WHL to start playing for real. However the fight for the #1 and 2 picks in the 2016 NHL draft may go on exclusively