Had the QMJHL allowed its players to join Canada’s world under-18 team, L’Heureux would have been a prime candidate for duty. As it is, he remained with Halifax and was the Mooseheads’ second-leading scorer.
L’Heureux burst onto the scene last year as a rookie with Moncton, with an off-season trade sending him to a rebuilding Halifax squad. The Wildcats had veterans who could guide L’Heureux and without them this year, he developed some bad habits and body language. But there’s a lot to like about him, too. “He’s a beast,” said one scout. “When he has the puck, it’s hard to get it from him. Not many guys are better down low. He’s strong on the boards, he takes pucks to the net and he has skill. He has the potential to be a really good player.”
The key is finding zen. L’Heureux was suspended multiple times this season and has to get that under control. But he will fight, and one evaluator joked he’d be the perfect guy for the New York Rangers. “He’s competitive,” said that scout. “He has hockey sense and knows what to do around the net. He might have to work on his skating, but he’s got a pro game.”
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