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  • NHL draft tracker: Anthony Beauvillier, Shawinigan Cataractes

    Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net4 days ago

    Getting thrown in off the deep end last season with a developing team was the best thing that could have happened for Anthony Beauvillier.

    Even the top, top hopefuls in a junior league's incoming class need some sheltering at 16 years old. The 2013-14 Cataractes weren't always able to provide that essential, so Beauvillier, the No. 2 overall pick, often had to draw tough matchups. Since passing into his sophomore season, he's become one of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's best all-around centres, leading the circuit in faceoff wins while counting 31 goals and 66 points over 45 games.

    "Last year they gave me, well, it wasn't a defensive role but we weren't very offensive so we really had to play well on defence," says Beauvillier, who is NHL Central Scouting's 49th-ranked domestic skater. "I was being matched up against guys like [50-goal scorers] Anthony Mantha or even Anthony Duclair and it was helpful for me.

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