Thursday, January 6, 2011

Nanooks Ink CJHL Forward Max Dumond

Photo courtesy of Terry Halpenny
The Nanooks coaching staff are at it again, inking Canada East 2010 WJC standout Maxime Dumond.

Hailing from the CJHL, the same junior league that's produced NHL legends, such as Steve Yzerman, and  Max has been identified as a very high energy two way player that can play in any aspect of the game. He plays physical, and gets to the dirty areas. Sounds like a perfect fit to me.

Admittedly, I don't follow the CJHL as much as I follow the Western leagues (AJHL, BCHL), as that's generally where most of our recruits come from.

International Scouting Services listed Max as one of the 5 players to watch from Canada East's WJC team. Saying some pretty positive things, some of which I've touched on.

high-energy player ... competes every shift ... loves to play physical ... good offensive abilities ... plays a good, honest two-way game ... can play power play or penalty kill ... good skater ... hard to knock off the puck ... solid on his feet
In other words, "physical, but fundamentally sound" I think would be a good way to put it...

Max is currently tied for 23rd in the league in scoring, second on his team with 35 points in 34 games. But its the 47 penalty minutes that draws your eye. He's 18 years old now, about to turn 19 in March. With that, I suspect we'll see him in a Nanooks uniform next season. His commitment announcement didn't specify a year of entry, but he is still eligible for this years NHL entry draft as well, meaning it may be best for him to move up sooner rather than later if he'd like more visibility.

Other notes from his stats page.

Last Season: Max had a career year, scoring 28 goals and assisting on 27 for a remarkable 57 point season in his sophomore year.   Max played in all situations PK, PP, regular strength, you name it.  Dumond plays with an edge,  fearless and will go deep into the trenches to relentlessly retrieve pucks. He is Holmstrom- like in front of the net and an  absolute talent. The Braves staff and fans can’t wait to see what the 2010-2011 Dumond will bring to the City.  Max also participated in the Team Canada East Try-Out/Evaluation Camp in Renfrew, Ontario in August of 2009.  He represented Team East in the Top Prospects Game in Winkler, Manitoba in December of 2009 and represented the CJHL in the Battle of Ontario Prospect game in Pembroke, Ontario. Max was also named Captain of the team.

More on Dumond: Registered 31 points and 43 penalty minutes – 11 goals and 20 assist in 58 regular-season games playing as a 16 year-old rookie for the Brockville Braves Jr. A hockey club in 2008-2009 finishing second in overall points for 16 year-olds. Registered 10 points and 6 penalty minutes – 6 goals and 4 assists in 12 playoff games that season.   Played minor hockey for the Cumberland Barons (OEMHL) and Notre Dame Hounds (minor midget, SMAAAHL).......Played with the Brockville Braves of the Central Junior Hockey League since August of 2008.......Currently enrolled in Grade 12 at Thousand Islands Secondary School in Brockville, Ontario.... Was selected by the Ottawa 67’s in the 12th round (236th overall) in the 2009 OHL priority selection draft.  Registered 13 points and 62 penalty minutes - 6 goals and 7 assists in 42 regular-season games playing for the Notre Dame Hounds Minor Midget AAA team. Saskatchewan provincial champions in 2007-08 in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA hockey league....

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