When I wrote last week’s Prospect Update, inexplicably the Russian leagues were still set to go full steam ahead. Even though the two non-Russian teams in the playoff had pulled out, leaving their whole format in shambles. That all changed on March 17th when they too announced they would go on pause until further notice. So the prospect update, will stay stagnant numbers wise until the hockey world starts again. That doesn’t mean all is lost and so I have been working hard to reach out in any way I can to people who have covered these prospects up close over the years.
I heard back from one such source this week in the form of The Chronicle Herald’s Willy Palov. Hailing out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Willy has been able to watch the growth of the Oilers freshest 2nd round pick, Raphael Lavoie for 192 of his 217 QMJHL based games so far. Here is the quick Q&A I did with Willy:
Nation Dan: “Were you shocked to see Lavoie fall as far as he did in the draft last year?”
Willy Palov: “Yes I was. He has first-round size and skill, perhaps even Top 15. The Oilers got a real steal at that position.”
ND: “You have had the chance to watch players such as @Nathan MacKinnon, @Jonathan Drouin, @Martin Frk, @Nikolaj Ehlers, and @Timo Meier up close over the years. What comparable parts of those players games would you say you see in Lavoie, if any?”
WP: “He is a first-shoot player like Marty Frk. He rarely takes slap shots but his wrist shot is already at a pro level. Both players get a lot of power on their shots but Frk might have the most velocity in all of hockey so few can match him in that regard. One quality Raphael has that the others don’t is a massive reach. It’s very difficult to get the puck off his stick.”
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ND: “The Mooseheads traded Lavoie this season, knowing you understand the Q closely, what was his value compared to other players? Did the ChicouSagueneens pay a ransom for him?”
WP: “Draft picks rarely have a wow factor in trades but the Mooseheads did well to get such a generous package in return, especially since they are in a full rebuild. I’m not sure I would describe the price the Sagueneens paid as a ransom compared to what they gave up for Dawson Mercer but Lavoie is a graduating player, while Mercer will be back next year so that factors into the difference in prices.”
ND: “What did you think of Lavoie’s World Junior play this year?”
WP: “Raphael contributed well with the ice time he was given. He could have produced more in a top six role but it’s always a challenge fitting everyone into those positions on Team Canada because of the annual depth.”
ND: “What is the number one thing in Lavoie’s game to watch for?”
WP: “He is excellent at skating the puck into the offensive zone and getting the puck to the net, either with a dangerous wrist shot or as he drives the net off the wing.”
ND: “What is the number one peeve that fans would want Lavoie to work on?”
WP: “I’m always hesitant to discourage any shooter to take fewer shots because getting pucks on net is so important. So I think Raphael should continue to take a lot of shots but put in some work on hitting the net more frequently and getting shots past blockers.”
So there you have it, a view of Lavoie from someone who covered him in the Q for years. I would really like to thank Mr. Palov for taking the time to answer my questions and hope to be able to bring you similar looks in the coming weeks.
Let me know who you want to know about or maybe even who you want to hear from. I will try my best to do it!

Playoffs Suspended

Name (Active)
Pos.
GP
G
A
PTS
This week’s total
@Maxim Denezhkin – Loko Yaroslav  (MHL (Russia))
C
3
2
3
5
@Anton Slepyshev – CSKA Moskva (KHL)
L/R
4
2
3
5
Name (Active)
GP
GAA
SV%
Record
This Week’s Results
@Ilya Konovalov – Yaroslav Lokomotiv (KHL)
5
3.64
.888
2-2-0
2 Starts, 4-2W with 26 saves and 5-1L with 29 saves

Bakersfield Condors – AHL SEASON SUSPENDED

Name (Active)
Pos.
GP
G
A
PTS
This week’s total
@Tyler Benson
LW
47
9
27
36
@Colby Cave
C
44
11
12
23
@Josh Currie
RW
53
22
17
39
@Sam Gagner
C/W
4
2
2
4
Joe Gambardella
LW
50
12
14
26
@Markus Granlund
C/W
20
6
9
15
@Gaetan Haas
C
2
0
1
1
in the NHL
@Cameron Hebig
C/W
31
3
4
7
@Tomas Jurco
L/R
8
4
3
7
@Brad Malone
C/LW
49
13
18
31
@Cooper Marody
C
30
5
12
17
Kirill Maximov
RW
53
5
8
13
@Ryan McLeod
C
53
5
17
22
@Nolan Vesey
LW
8
1
0
1
@Kailer Yamamoto
LW
23
8
8
16
in the NHL
@Matt Benning
RD
3
0
1
1
in the NHL
@Evan Bouchard
RD
54
7
29
36
@Logan Day
RD
48
6
10
16
@Caleb Jones
RD
14
3
8
11
in the NHL
@William Lagesson
LD
25
3
7
10
in the NHL
@Keegan Lowe
LD
56
1
6
7
@Brandon Manning
LD
21
0
9
9
@Ryan Mantha
RD
0
0
0
0
Out Indefinitely – Blood Clot
@Joel Persson
RD
24
2
13
15
@Dmitri Samorukov
LD
47
2
8
10
Players Notes/Articles/Highlights –
Name (Active)
GP
GAA
SV%
Record
This Week’s Results
@Dylan Wells
7
3.77
.878
1-4-0
in the ECHL
@Shane Starrett
14
3.63
.874
5-6-1
@Stuart Skinner
41
3.31
.892
13-16-5
Players Notes/Articles/Highlights –

Wichita Thunder – ECHL SEASON CANCELLED

Name (Active)
Pos.
GP
G
A
PTS
This week’s total
@Cameron Hebig
C/W
20
6
10
16
in the AHL
@Ostap Safin
LW
54
16
19
35
2GP 1-1-2
@Nolan Vesey
LW
15
2
4
6
in the AHL
Players Notes/Articles/Highlights –
Name (Active)
GP
GAA
SV%
Record
This Week’s Results
@Dylan Wells
10
4.98
.871
2-5-1
1 Start, 7-3L with 26 saves
@Angus Redmond
20
2.55
.907
15-2-0
2 Starts, 6-3W with 22 saves and 4-3W with 29 saves
@Stuart Skinner
3
3.62
.894
2-1-0
In the AHL
Players Notes/Articles/Highlights –

EUROPE (regular season)

Name (Active)
Pos.
GP
G
A
PTS
This week’s total
@Matej Blumel – HC Dymano Pardubice – Czech SEASON ENDED
RW
33
6
3
9
@Maxim Denezhkin – Loko Yaroslav  (MHL (Russia))
C
55
19
26
45
@Jesse Puljujarvi – Karpat (Liiga) SEASON TERMINATED
RW
56
24
29
53
3GP 1-0-1
@Patrik Siikanen – JYP (Liiga) SEASON TERMINATED
L/C
50
11
9
20
1GP 0-1-1
@Anton Slepyshev – CSKA Moskva (KHL)
L/R
54
18
27
45
@Bogdan Yakimov – Severstal Cherepovets (KHL)
C
59
9
10
19
@Filip Berglund – Skelleftea AIK (SHL) SEASON CANCELLED
RD
52
5
15
20
2GP 0-0-0
@Philip Broberg – Skelleftea AIK (SHL) SEASON CANCELLED
LD
43
1
7
8
2GP 0-0-0
@Markus Niemelainen – Assat (Liiga) SEASON TERMINATED
LD
54
1
6
7
1GP 0-0-0
Players Notes/Articles/Highlights –
Name (Active)
GP
GAA
SV%
Record
This Week’s Results
@Ilya Konovalov – Yaroslav Lokomotiv (KHL)
40
2.45
.912
14-18-6
Players Notes/Articles/Highlights –

CHL – SEASON SUSPENDED (Regular season cancelled)

Name (Active)
Pos.
GP
G
A
PTS
This week’s total
@Raphael Lavoie – Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
C/R
55
38
44
82
Players Notes/Articles/Highlights –
Name (Active)
GP
GAA
SV%
Record
This Week’s Results
@Olivier Rodrigue – Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
39
2.32
.918
30-7-1
Players Notes/Articles/Highlights –

America (NCAA, USHS-Prep, Etc.)

Name (Active)
Pos.
GP
G
A
PTS
This week’s total
Skyler Brind’Amour – Quinnipiac U. (NCAA) CANCELLED
C
34
4
9
13
@Tomas Mazura – Kimball Union Academy (USHS-Prep) CANCELLED
C
39
14
62
75
@Graham McPhee – Boston College (NCAA) CANCELLED
LW
34
5
7
12
@Aapeli Rasanen – Boston College (NCAA) CANCELLED
C
34
11
13
24
@Matthew Cairns – Cornell U. (NCAA) CANCELLED
LD
19
0
1
1
Philip Kemp – Cornell U. (NCAA) CANCELLED
RD
31
3
8
11
@Michael Kesselring – Northeastern U. (NCAA) CANCELLED
RD
34
2
3
5
WORLD JUNIORS
Name (Active)
GP
G
A
PTS
This week’s total
Matej Blumel – Czech Republic
5
1
0
1
Raphael Lavoie – Canada
7
0
2
2
Philip Broberg – Sweden
7
1
0
1
Players Notes/Articles/Highlights –
Name (Active)
GP
GAA
SV%
Record
This Week’s Results
@Olivier Rodrigue – Canada
Thank you, as always for reading. Let me know in the comments below what player you’re watching for the most. Who has shocked you so far, and how amazing Brad Malone is.
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