The Phoenix solidifies its defense

The Phoenix solidifies its defense

The Phoenix added a right-handed defenseman to their roster using their 2nd round pick.

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Jérôme Gaudreau La Tribune Four defenders and a goalie in his first six picks. The Sherbrooke Phoenix took advantage of the 2020 QMJHL auction to solidify its defense by first welcoming right-handed defenseman Zachary Lessard. General manager Jocelyn Thibault used his 2nd round pick (37th overall) to fill an urgent need.

The 15-year-old Grenadiers de Châteauguay player finished his first season in the midget AAA with 12 points, including 11 assists in 37 games.

The Phoenix solidifies its defense

Zachary Lessard Grenadiers of Châteauguay

The defenseman maintained a differential of -8 and got 41 penalty minutes. On the QMJHL website, Zachary Lessard is described as a 5'8 and 143 pound player while the Phoenix and the Elite Prospects site provide the figures of 5'10 and 165 pounds.

The QMJHL recruiting support center ranked Lessard at the end of the 3rd round, in 54th place.

The Phoenix solidifies its defense

Carl-Étienne Michel Photo Cantonniers de Magog

The Phoenix then drew on its pool of players by selecting Carl-Étienne Michel from Cantonniers de Magog in the 3rd round (56th rank). A left-handed defender this time.

The Phoenix solidifies its defense

Jasmin Simon Photo Grenadiers de Châteauguay

After drafting two defenders, the Sherbrooke organization opted for a goalie, thus concluding the 3rd round of the 2020 auction. Jasmin Simon of the Grenadiers de Châteauguay became the 58th pick in the draft presented online.

In the 4th round, the Phoenix were the first team to look towards the midget hope by opting for center Xavier Labbé of the Élites de Beauce-Appalaches. The forward has 30 points in 26 games and played three games in the midget AAA with the Chevaliers de Lévis, obtaining a goal and an assist.

The Phoenix hockey men then paved the way for the RSEQ players by welcoming Christopher Rondeau from École Secondaire du Chêne-Bleu, a 5th round pick. He was then the third defenseman in five caps for the Phoenix.

In the 6th round, the Phoenix were tempted by a fourth defenseman in six choices: William-Charles Bishop of the Cornwall AAA midget. Not a little fellow: the left-handed defenseman weighs nearly 200 pounds and approaches 6 feet.

The Phoenix then turned once again to the midget hope, but this time looking in the direction of the Harfangs de Sherbrooke. Center Thomas Bégin became the second striker only in seven caps for the Sherbrooke organization.

The champions of the last season confirmed their love for the Grenadiers by choosing a third member of the Châteauguay team: center Hugo Primeau, 8th round selection.

To continue to plug the flaw, the Phoenix opted in the 9th round for a second goalie: Samuel St-Hilaire of the Élites de Beauce-Appalaches.

Jordan Marquis, a defenseman from the Riverside College Charles-Lemoyne, was immediately added to the Phoenix harvest in the 11th round.

Twelfth round, a center player, Ludovik Tardif of the Académie St-Louis Arsenal Prep, and left winger Jean-Raphaël Roy, a third player of the Beauce-Appalaches Élites drafted by the Phoenix.

To conclude their draft, the Sherbrooke residents set their sights on Tristan Dussault, a center from Cardinal-Roy high school, and small striker Joshua Pinaroc from Seacoast Academy.

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