May 30, 2021

Bolduc wins Michael Bossy Trophy as top QMJHL pro prospect

Zachary Bolduc of the Rimouski Oceanic was named the recipient of the Michael Bossy Trophy as the QMJHL’s top professional prospect, the league announced Saturday.

Bolduc, No. 25 in FCHockey’s Spring ranking for the 2021 NHL Draft, had 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in 27 games with the Oceanic this season. He did not play beyond March 23 after sustaining a season-ending lower-body injury.

“Bolduc has flashed tremendous goalscoring prowess, an evolving enthusiasm to generate chances and lead transitions as a playmaker, incredible smarts in board battles and an impressive, promising defensive anticipation,” Quebec-based FCHockey scout Andy Lehoux said. “Despite injuries and some inconsistencies in his effort throughout the year, Rimouski’s attacker possesses an outstanding two-way potential and could certainly become the best QMJHL prospect out of his class.”

Bolduc had 52 points (30 goals, 22 assists) en route to being named QMJHL Rookie of the Year in 2019-20. Bolduc was also named the recipient of the Michel-Bergeron Trophy as QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year last season.

Zachary L’Heureux of the Halifax Mooseheads, No. 28 in FCHockey’s spring ranking, and Xavier Bourgault of the Shawinigan Cataractes, No. 27, were also finalists for the award.

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