Since the early rounds of the QMJHL, Evan Fitzpatrick continues to earn points to recruiters NHL. After impressing everyone against the Shawinigan Cataractes, the guardian of the Sherbrooke Phoenix advantage of a new showcase to assert: Hockey World Championship under 18.
Tuesday, Fitzpatrick was facing its biggest challenge since the launch of the international tournament: confront the powerful Finns, led by one of the best prospects in the world, Jesse Puljujärvi.
As he faces the Czech Republic, the Sherbrooke netminder has allowed only one goal and thin late afternoon in a 3-1 victory. This time on 27 shots, compared to 39 in his first match of the tournament.
Recall that until now, Canada has used his two guards equally as Stuart Skinner was also automatically for both parties.
Asked about the delivery of her guardian, the general manager of the Phoenix Jocelyn Thibault, this North Dakota with Jean Gagnon (assistant general manager) and Alain Prefontaine (scout-leader), said he is happy for Evan Fitzpatrick.
“It stores the experience. It earns points since the start of the tournament. He played two excellent games against two very good teams. He made the big saves allowing his team to win games. There are still important games, but it does the job so far, “said Thibault, who attended the Under-18 championship to unearth the next two European players of the Phoenix.
sure thing, recent events have vindicated Patrick Charbonneau, the former CEO of Phoenix, and Jocelyn Thibault regarding the decisions of recent years: Evan Fitzpatrick is a leading custodian.
“When we took the decision to swap Lagace Alexander to give him our trust, we believed in him. Evan is still young. This year he showed he was ready to take the reins. Everything is positive with respect to the. He’s only 18 and he will improve again. I’m happy for him and I know that the Phoenix will use this experience he earns from day to day, “admits Jocelyn Thibault.
The Phoenix takes notes
This international tournament will last hearing not only to eligible players at the next NHL draft as Evan Fitzpatrick, but also for European players looking for a US team that evolve during the next seasons.
Since Phoenix is still in search of two hockey players from Europe to fill the two vacancies, Jocelyn Thibault and his associates are currently on US soil to better assess candidates.
“We are here mainly to see the Europeans at work, says the CEO. We already knew a lot, but we learn to know several candidates for the next draft of the Canadian Hockey League. We will select 12th overall on the national stage. If the Swedes and the Finns are not easy to convince them to leave their country, there is still great hopes accessible and we will try to recover the best available when it was the turn of the Phoenix to comment. ”