Montreal – Luneau, Lamoureux, Warren. Or Lamoreaux, Warren, Luno. Or even Warren, Luno, Lamoreaux. It’s rare to see three great and talented QMJHL defensive men make NHL scouts drool. As the draft approaches, some claim that Noah Warren may be spoiling the waters.
For a long time, Luneau was seen as the gem of this group, but hopeful Gatineau Olympiques had surgery last summer, which mortgaged a large portion of their recruiting season.
This context forced Scouts to think about the preference hierarchy in the draft and we scanned four of them to try and choose between these three friends.
“There, Warren is the one who’s blowing the cards right now. For the athletic component, he’s a lot of fun. But Luneau is definitely alone in front of the other two because of his hockey sense and understanding of the game,” said one of the recruits from the Western team.
Luneau, who is six feet tall and six feet tall, also earned points by exposing him to a larger arsenal.
Tristan dedicated himself to showing that he wasn’t just a guy who made offensive plays and that’s to his credit. After all, there’s only one defensive man per NHL team that controls the power game. If you’re not that player, can you do anything else? My opinion, he was able to prove it this year,” added one of his colleagues.
However, the downside of his injury quickly resurfaces.
“His skateboarding hasn’t improved much since last year. Like all the other recruits, we take chances. So I think it will be the team that finds that his skating is not a problem will end up in the first place. He will have to add strength and blast to his game,” a source from an eastern club said, But he’s very smart.”
“For me, Luneau is ahead of the other two by a small advantage. The players who have the best sense of hockey develop the best,” he added.
But we shouldn’t forget that many teams enjoy watching athletes with tires like Lamoreaux (six feet seven) and Warren (six feet six).
“He’s very close. But, personally, I have Warren ahead of the others. I really like his progress this year. I had a lot of trouble making the decision, but I think he has progressed very well,” said the fourth recruit.
As for Lamoureux, he had great success during physical exams and interviews in Buffalo.
“You don’t need an NHL scout to tell you that he can skate and move well. But, on the outside, I would have liked to see a tougher player all season,” one of our sources assessed.
Lamoreaux’s horizon is long-term. He could gain 30 pounds in a few years, so he’s less fat than Warren now.
On top of that, it’s best for Warren to take advantage of that upswing this season. But perhaps we should rather say that he can do it in the end.
“I think it happened naturally, I told myself I should start playing more physically. There is also the fact that at Midget AAA I had to back off a little bit… All the players were smaller,” the defender from the Montreal area described.
“He seems to like him and I think it would be boring to play against him. One recruiter pointed out that he’s really huge, and he’s starting to understand how it might work.
Funniest part of the job
Louis Rubitael, Warren’s coach at Olympique, is pleased with the progress made on this remarkable project.
“It’s fun to hear because, last year with Noah, we really championed quality rather than quantity. […] We wanted to remove it from the side flashy to be more efficient,” explained Robitaille.
“Before hunting, as in the movie Draft Day And the scene with Funtay Mac, I called him to make sure what he wanted to bring to our team. He told me he wanted to be a defender who is difficult to face, very mobile and can attack with simplicity. “He had to get to know him,” said Ropitel, who would be good at reproducing some scenes from Kevin Costner.
The next step was to refine the great weapons in his game.
“When you get a bantam or an AAA dwarf at six feet six and skate like the wind, it’s easier to offend. So yeah, you want to play on the power game, but we haven’t deviated from the plan for what he was going to be. He averaged more this year,” Robitaille said. of 20 minutes per match.
For all these reasons, Robitaille is not surprised by the growing interest in Scouting.
“Compared to Tristan, expectations were lower for Noah, so recruiters are more likely to find him handsome and good. It’s okay and seeing the youth progress is the most fun part of our job.”
“But for me, Noah is not in competition with the other two. Each team that chooses one of these three defenders will have an athlete with different strengths, but an extraordinary person,” concluded Robitaille.
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