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Photo Credit: Halifax Mooseheads

All About Raphael Lavoie

With their second pick at this past week’s NHL Draft, the Edmonton Oilers selected forward Raphael Lavoie from the Halifax Mooseheads at 38th overall. According to many rankings and mock drafts, Lavoie was expected to get taken somewhere in the first round, but ended up slipping to the Oilers who were eager to select a forward after taking Broberg the night before. In Lavoie, the Oilers acquired a skilled forward with size that projects to be a middle-six player if he can continue to progress and work on his consistency.

BIO:

Position: Right Wing — Shoots: Right
Born: September 25th, 2000 — City: Chambly, Quebec
Height: 6 feet 4 inches — Weight: 196 lbs [89 kg]
Drafted: 38th overall
Major Junior: Halifax Mooseheads — League: QMJHL

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SCOUTING REPORTS

A large and skilled player. Offensively, his release stands out which is very accurate and allows him to be a capable scorer. Furthermore, Lavoie reads the game fairly well and is good at distributing the puck. -Elite Prospects

Powerful forward boasts a deadly release that’s as heavy as it is accurate.  Protects the puck well and forces his way into dangerous areas. Just 10 days shy of being eligible for the 2018 crop. Gets around well for his size, but quicker acceleration is needed. -Cam Robinson, Dobber Prospects

Lavoie has shown consistent offensive improvement over his three years with the Halifax Mooseheads, who seem to continually churn out NHL-caliber forwards. He’s another prospect with NHL size, already standing 6-foot-4, and he’s quite agile and fast considering. One of the highlights of his game is his quick release, but he’s also got the vision to be an effective playmaker. -Hannah Stuart, The Score

A puck-possessing machine with speed, size and excellent awareness in the offensive zone, Lavoie was one of the QMJHL’s top scorers in the playoffs and was critical in leading Halifax to the league finals. He is a versatile forward who can wear many hats from start to finish, and he is capable of taking over a game by himself. Lavoie owns an excellent shot, both for its quick release and also for its velocity, and his penchant for creating his own chances expands the ice for his linemates. By keeping his feet moving while operating with his head on a swivel, Lavoie keeps opponents guessing and rarely do you see him make a telegraphed play that eventually traps him well beyond the location of the puck. He is a controlled and patient stickhandler who looks to incorporate the rest of his teammates into every cycle, and his keen vision and pass accuracy in tight spaces or off the rush allows him to play the role of playmaker with aplomb.

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Lavoie is a very good skater with above-average straight line speed and enough agility to weave around or fake opponents out of position. He is extremely strong on his skates and can sustain shoves or checks from multiple angles during a cycle, using his long reach and wide stance to shield the puck. He also is a capable player in his own end and pounces on pucks in a timely manner. Lavoie comes across as a smart player who is willing to make sacrifices for team success, such as taking a beating in front of the net or using his body to absorb punishment in order to keep a play alive. He can play center or wing, although he looks more comfortable on the flank as a primary shooting option. -The Draft Analyst

PRE-DRAFT RANKINGS

VIDEO AND HIGHLIGHTS

Post Draft Interview:

Highlight pack from the 2018-19 season:

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Highlight pack from the 2017-18 season:

SEASON STATS

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/- PGP G A TP PIM +/-
2015-16 Collège Antoine-Girouard Gaulois QMAAA 42 12 14 26 16 -3 8 2 3 5 19 -1
2016-17 Collège Antoine-Girouard Gaulois QMAAA 15 7 11 18 28 4
Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 32 6 3 9 26 0 6 1 1 2 6 -2
Canada White U17 WHC-17 6 1 2 3 2
2017-18 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 68 30 33 63 43 10 9 3 2 5 5 -2
Canada U18 WJC-18 5 5 0 5 2 6
2018-19 Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL 62 32 41 73 31 36 23 20 12 32 22 -3

TOURNAMENT STATS

SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-
2011-12 Richelieu Gaulois QC Int PW 3 1 1 2 2
2012-13 Québec Harfangs QC Int PW 3 1 1 2 4
2015-16 Team Québec Blue QGC-16 5 1 3 4 4
2018-19 Halifax Mooseheads M-Cup 4 2 1 3 2 0


  • Slick77

    I had my eye on this guy for about a month before the draft. I was so happy when the Flames passed on him. During their pick my anxiety was high and then a huge sigh of relief when his name wasn’t announced, and then laiughter when I looked up who they did pick. LOL
    When I got on TSN the next morning and Lavoie beside the Oilers 2nd round pick I was so ecstatic. Just everything about this guy says “McDavid’s right side”. If he lives up to his potential the best line in the NHL will be Draisaitl – McDavid – Lavoie.

    • blobbo

      I’m more of a “wait and see” guy but he has what it takes to be an NHL roster player in the future. Where he eventually ends up in the line up is anybody’s guess.

    • The Iggy complex

      Yea the flames picking the guy with the second most goals and best 5v5 scorer in the draft. Also only one of 3 players to be a point per game or better in draft minus 1 year. Other 3 bring Crosby MacKinnon and espisito

  • KRad

    I’m not thrilled with Broberg at 8 with who else was on the board. But Broberg/Lavoie as the first two selections is a good compliment and probably as good as we could have hoped for.

    • Slick77

      I’m glad that we didn’t take any of the American kids. Who knows how much influence Hughes had on their performance through their time together. Also the 2 that had some sort of size were LWers and the Oilers don’t need anymore LWers, and the other who was a right winger is tiney. With Yamamoto already in the system, and who is also a RWer, we don’t need anymore small forwards. The d-man that I liked more than Broberg was Victor Soderstrom. Mainly because he had a more consistent year and is a right shot compared to Broberg who is a left shot.

  • OilTastic

    In other news, the Canes moved Cal de Haan to Chicago for goalie Anton Forsberg. Does this mean that one of Holland’s old draft picks, G Petr Mrazek , might sign here on July 1st?

      • OilTastic

        Mrazek became the main man in Carolina this year and was their go to guy in the playoffs. I don’t believe he’s a backup anymore! And he’s played 50+ games before so maybe he’d be a co-starter with Koskinen and Mikko would get 30 or so games?

  • hagar

    Two big guys with speed and excellent skating skills.

    The style of players on any given cup winning team have evolved over the years to include big and heavy, then smaller and faster, and now big heavy and fast.

    I dont see how big AND fast with skill can ever go out of style in hockey.

  • Ass Eatn Szn 69

    Dont rush him into NHL, or dont rush him into AHL.

    Pitlick, Hamilton, and now McLeod. When is the last time one of these guys had an impact. Benson looks like he will. The thing is he was injured and had to stay in Junior. For the love of God let them stay there and dominate, before they start playing against men. These are not top 10 picks.

  • Abagofpucks

    I can understand people are skeptical of what the oilers do these days, but i think Broberg and Lavioe are definitely 2 prospects to watch over the next couple years. I like the picks myself and can’t wait to see how they turn out.

  • T Shuttz

    Lavoie will be team Canada captain at the world juniors this year. Let him marinate this year and give him a shot next fall for 9 games. If not he goes back to Bakersfield until he’s ready.

  • nicolas10

    I’m thrilled about this prospect as I am with the Broberg pick. I don’t think KH could have done better in the draft.

    I don’t understand why people want to draft a scoring winger to help now (compared to Broberg), but keep claiming that the Oilers ruined their prospects by rushing them into the NHL (Pulj, Yamamoto & so on). Effing girouettes IMO.

    It’s one thing to get into the playoffs, it’s another thing to be a good team. The oil need a great defender to step in every year, so as to have a great defense without having to sign people for too much money. Spread the defensemen over the years or it’s just another cap hell waiting to happen when they have to resign everyone at once.

    Chiarelly built from the lower leagues up to have some prospect depth. Now Holland is building from the defense up to build the actual team. I bet that was Chiarelli’s plan… but hey just trash away.

    • camdog

      The analytics guys say forwards develop quicker than defence man. It’s all about the perceived time line on the Oilers winning the Stanley Cup. There’s mixed messages coming from the organization right now. Is it win now or win in 5 years.

      Given the cap impacts of bad contracts and being at the beginning of huge contracts to Connor and Leon, the plan might be rightly to play it slow, in the back end of those 2 contracts when salary cap keeps going up, they’ll be really good value and they’ll be able to spend the dollars on the kids coming up in the system, rather than off loading like Toronto is going to go through right now.

  • CityofWhat

    The goal this kid scored when wearing the maple leaf (not sure U18 or not) but that was beyond sick, only a skill player that has all the tools can pull that off. This kid is the steal of the draft.