The Journey: Top Fantasy Prospects In The QMJHL

Dave Hall

2020-03-21

It is official: The CHL has announced the cancelation of all remaining regular-season games for the 2019-20 campaign. This puts a drastic halt on the CHL's scoring races and with the fate of their post-season's still up in the air, could solidify the 2020 Draft Rankings early.

With hockey at a standstill, I know some of you are likely itching for next year's fantasy draft already. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to dissect potential fantasy-worthy prospects coming out of Canada this year. Since the QMJHL beat the others to the punch and made the announcement first, I will begin on the East Coast, starting in the first round.

The Q is well represented this year, mainly in the mid-to-bottom half of the first round. Most notably, there is Alexis Lafreniere, who will likely be an auto-pick for first overall. If you are lucky enough to hold a high-end pick next year, I am sure you are aware that he is your must take. Therefore, I will not be touching on him in today's piece, just know that he is.

Here are your remaining first-round QMJHL prospects worth keeping an eye on for your respected fantasy drafts next season.

Dawson Mercer

Current Team: Chicoutimi Sagueneens 

Position: Right Wing

Draft projection: 10-15

Fantasy upside: 6.5-7.5

Mercer shows obvious potential and has been one of the more consistent point producers in the QMJHL this season, sporting a 1.43 points-per-game average. While he currently hovers around the 10th spot in most draft rankings, don't be shocked to see him drop slightly come draft day. His offensive capabilities are always on display, there is no question about that. However, his hockey IQ and decision making, both with and without the puck, may deter some teams away.

Entering his third season with Drummondville Voltigeur, Mercer came out strong, posting 17 goals and 24 assists through his first 26 games. This steamy start earned him his first look in the World Junior Championships, suiting up for Team Canada in the Czech Republic over the holidays. Although his role was slim, the Newfoundland native played a sound tournament, helping his country take home their second gold medal in two years. Despite his inability to find the scoresheet in seven games, Mercer's roster spot served as a nice exclamation mark to a solid draft year.

Shortly following his return to the Q, the 18-year-old was th