Keep Your Eye on this Kid

From the Detroit Free Press

The Red Wings were pleased with the progress made by defenseman Gleason Fournier this past season.

2009 NHL entry draft, had a breakout season offensively with the Oceanic Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and made strides defensively.

Among the goals Fournier should have next season, according to Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill, are “to make a push for the world junior team” for Canada.

I think it’s always nice to check in on the kids during the off-season.  Fournier seems to be another young and upcoming defenseman…let’s just hope he doesn’t like house parties in Wisconsin.

Although he missed most of training camp and the first two weeks last season with a shoulder injury, Fournier had 13 goals and 37 assists in 58 games and was plus-4 with 76 penalty minutes. He had six goals, 33 assists and 39 points with 90 penalty minutes in 122 games in his first two seasons with the Oceanic Rimouski.

“Very impressed with his skill level.  He’s a great skater. He’s learned to play better defensively.  He played about 30 minutes a night. He’s one of those guys who can skate all night and day because he never needs to come off the ice.”–Jim Nill

It may seem funny to some that a player at his level needs to improve defensively as a defenseman…but the QMHL is pretty much nothing but offense and fights from what I’ve heard.  Never been to a game…probably never will.  No offense to any Quebecois out there, but that province really isn’t on my “to-go” lists…nor will it be anytime soon.

Keep going, kid.

As a reminder, Kyle from Babcock’s Death Stare is usually the go-to-guy when it comes to prospects.