Some good news coming out of Red Deer, Alberta yesterday, as the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup participant Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and Boston Bruins defensive prospect Jeremy Lauzon is set to make his post-season comeback. Per CBC TV Sportscaster Patrick Henri, Huskies head coach Gilles Bouchard confirms that the Val-d’Or, Quebec native will in fact be in the line up tonight in round-robin game number two against the Brandon Wheat Kings.
— Patrick Henri (@pathenri) May 20, 2016
The 19 year-old feel victim to a terrible skate to the throat accident in-game number five of the quarter-final matchup of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Presidents Cup Playoffs against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.. The Huskies would go onto win the game by the score of 5-1, clinching the best-of-seven series 4-1.
— CSNNE.com (@CSNNE) April 16, 2016
Before his scary accident back on April 15th, the 6’-1” 205-pound shutdown defenseman appeared in nine playoff matches in 2016, posting 1-7-8 numbers. In three full regular seasons with the Huskies, Lauzon has appeared in 161 games contributing 30-72-102 numbers for prospect that was selected in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft. This season was a career high for him as the tallied 10-40-50 numbers in only 46 games.
Known as a gritty defenseman, Lauzon possesses strong skating skills and his mobility with the puck transitioning out of the defensive zone has been an improvement in his young development in the Canadian Juniors year-by-year. He signed a three-year entry-level deal back in November of 2015, and should be a key contributor in the next year or two in the Bruins organization after his commitment to his current Huskie team is completed.
The Huskies selected Lauzon in the second round (20th overall) of the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft and held an average of 57 in the top four prospect websites rankings.
Full scheduling information of the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament can be found HERE