9. D Guillaume Brisebois (10.5)
Guillaume Brisebois, the Vancouver Canucks’ 66th-overall selection of the 2015 NHL Draft, is a strong two-way defenceman who can make things happen at both sides of the rink.
Brisebois and his Acadie-Bathurst Titan had a very slow start into the 2015-16 QMJHL campaign winning just three of their first 15 games. While Brisebois was in no way a reason for the missing success, he struggled just like any other player on the team — at least when we are talking offensive production.
Through the first half of the season, it looked like Brisebois would be unable to improve on last season’s 28 points. He focused on the defensive side of his game and did a great job there. He also tried to contribute offensively, but he looked like a defensive defenceman rather than a two-way player. Luckily, that changed at least a little bit.
The Titan have now won 25 of 62 games — still bad but better than the first 15 — and Brisebois got a chance to put up points again. Perhaps most importantly, he is finally getting shots through. In 50 games this season, Brisebois scored 10 times and added 16 assists.
Whether or not Brisebois can produce at the NHL level remains to be seen. However, he certainly has potential to be a strong defensive D-man.
Brisebois combines size, skating, work ethic and leadership to form a defenceman teams love to have on their team. At just 18 years old, Brisebois has been the Titan’s captain for two years.
Floor: NHL depth defenceman
Ceiling: NHL top-four defenceman
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