Anthony Beauvillier: 2015 NHL Top Prospect

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Anthony Beauvillier — 

Arizona Hockey Talk’s evaluations of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft top prospects continue today with our featured prospect Anthony Beauvillier.

League:  QMJHL     Team: Shawinigan Cataractes

Position:  C/LW     Shoots:  Left

DOB:  Jun. 8, 1997     Birthplace:  Sorel, Quebec

Height: 5’10     Weight:  175

2014-15 QMJHL Stats: Regular season

Games: 67   G: 42   A: 52  Pts: 94  PIM: 72   Plus/Minus: +16

2014-15 QMJHL Stats:  Playoffs 

Games: 7  G: 2   A: 5  Pts: 7  PIM: 14   Plus/Minus: +1

Anthony Beauvillier played this past season in the QMJHL for the Shawinigan Cataractes.

Achievements:

1.  Selected 2nd overall in the 1st round by the Shawinigan Cataractes in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft.

2.  Represented Canada and won a Gold Medal at the 2014-15 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament .

3.  Represented the QMJHL in the 2014-15 Super Series versus the Russian All-Stars.

4.  Represented Canada and won a Bronze Medal at the 2014-15 U18 WJC.

5.  Played for Team Cherry at the 2014-15 CHL Top Prospects game.

6.  Named to the 2014-15 QMJHL Second All-Star Team.

Offensive Buzzwords

Anthony Beauvillier is a scoring center with an excellent skill-set.  He has terrific puck skills, passes the puck very well, fore-checks, can score (42 goals) and has a high compete level.       

Skating

Anthony Beauvillier is an excellent skater with better than average speed.  He has very good balance and agility that make him dangerous in tight spaces.

#91 Anthony Beauvillier:  video – 1:49 seconds  

Defensive Buzzwords

Anthony Beauvillier plays a solid defensive game, competes, and works hard in all three zones on the ice.

Comparable

Mathieu Perreault – Winnipeg Jets

Prospect Analysis 

Depending on who you talk to Anthony Beauvillier is a sure-fire 1st rounder or an early 2nd rounder but wherever he gets drafted some NHL team is going to get an extremely skilled hockey player.  He’s listed from 5’10 to 5’11 but IMO his size is irrelevant, he is extremely physical, he can skate, he can score, he can pass the puck and he competes.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see him selected in the middle of the 1st round.       

Projected:  #25 – #40 but I like him at #20-25.

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