Antoine Bibeau Backstops Val-D’or to QMJHL Championship

Goalie prospects, especially those who come out of the QMJHL, can be pretty difficult to evaluate. 

For example, when the Leafs drafted Antoine Bibeau in the 6th round of the 2013 NHL Draft (his second year of eligibility), the reaction was pretty, uh, well I’m not sure if there was a reaction. As time passed, Bibeau’s stat lines didn’t strike anyone as “amazing”, or even “good”. In fact, when TLN put together its Leafs Prospects Midterm Rankings, Bibeau didn’t even make our list of honourable mentions, let alone our top twenty list.

Haha, wow. Whoops. 

With a 40-save performance just minutes ago, Bibeau has led his Val-d’Or Foreurs to a QMJHL title. He’s off to the Memorial Cup, where he’ll face off against fellow Leafs prospects Matt Finn (Guelph) and Ryan Rupert (London). 

Not impressed yet? How does an MVP nod sound?

Anthony Mantha who?

  • PatrickConlin16

    See this is the weird thing about the Leafs scouting team.

    They have done poorly in the first rounds when it comes to producing for the Leafs, like their best first round pick plays for the Boston Bruins…mean while Biggs and Gauthier aren’t projected to do that well in the NHL.

    meanwhile they’ve done well in the later rounds, like Reimer, Kulemin, Gunnarson, Brown.

    Leafs are weird

    • I think they are getting better over time.

      Biggs isn’t quite working out yet, but look at a guy like Devante Smith-Pelly from a year earlier. I am sure Anaheim is glad they did not give up on him.

      Morgan Reilly seems like a good first round pick

      It’s way to early to be down on Frederik Gauthier. Guys from the same draft year like Jonathan Drouin (3rd overall) and Bo Horvat (9th) haven’t played a game in the NHL either.

      Develop players like Detroit, don’t rush them like Luke Schenn. Give these guys, especially those taken later in the first round and later rounds, some time in the AHL to become professionals before snapping to judgement.

    • I think we expected to see a bit more from Biggs than we’ve seen so far, but I think he’s still got a shot at being an effective NHLer. Not a top six guy, though you should be aiming for those with first round picks, but a solid third or fourth line player.

      It’s too early to say that Gauthier’s a disappointment. I mean, you can be disappointed that the Leafs selected a guy who projects to be a third liner with a first round pick, but you can’t be disappointed with his development so far.

      Other than those two, Nazem Kadri has already proven himself as an effective top six player, Morgan Rielly looks like a legitimate star-in-the-making, and I love Stuart Percy and think he’ll be a good top-four defender one day.

      Leafs haven’t done half bad in the first round, though you are free to question why certain ‘safe’ picks were made.

    • I think a lot to do with two separate reasons. The first being that any first round pick, regardless of whether it is a high or low pick, has incredible pressures to succeed immediately in the Toronto spotlight. The second reason is mainly that, with the Leaf’s scouting system, you would assume that their bankroll allows them to thoroughly scout far more players and to a greater extent than other, “poorer” teams. Where there is typically a consensus “range” for high draft picks in the top 1-3 rounds (considering all the mock drafts), the Leafs are able to visit smaller markets and really get a read on project or risky players that get drafted in later rounds. Their scouting bankroll also lets them scout more European players, ala Kulemin and Gunnar or find guys like Gustavsson and Rynnas (although neither really worked out here). It’s just too bad that the Leafs cannot get value out of high-draft picks due to the pressures with being drafted early by the Leafs. Although, at least that might explain why they like to trade for former first rounder busts like Ashton where the expectations here might be less. I’m just glad that, in a cap system, it appears that the Leafs are using their wealth in other areas.

  • PatrickConlin16

    Could he possibly be playing behind a really good team? I don’t know much about the teams in the QMJHL, but it looks like he wasn’t doing that good this season before he got traded to Val d’Or. Either that or his original team was pretty bad

    • It’s probably a bit of both. Charlottetown was a pretty bad team, and Val-d’Or was a very good team.

      The way I see it, it’s comforting that when Val-d’Or went out to look for a starting goaltender for their contending team, they saw a capable netminder in Bibeau, and didn’t shy away from his stat line.

      • I know a guy who lives in Halifax and is a big Mooseheads fan. According to him, Bibeau was the biggest reason why Val-d’Or beat them and he basically stole the series.

        I’m kind of curious how he could do that still giving up so many goals with a save percentage that looks average for NHL goalies… but for all I know that’s actually well above average for the QMJHL.

  • Pretty interesting list of former Guy Lafleur champs:

    2013–14 Antoine Bibeau Val-d’Or Foreurs
    2012–13 Jonathan Drouin Halifax Mooseheads
    2011–12 Charlie Coyle Saint John Sea Dogs
    2010–11 Jonathan Huberdeau Saint John Sea Dogs
    2009–10 Gabriel Bourque Moncton Wildcats
    2008–09 Yannick Riendeau Drummondville Voltigeurs
    2007–08 Claude Giroux Gatineau Olympiques
    2006–07 Jonathan Bernier Lewiston Maineiacs
    2005–06 Martin Karsums Moncton Wildcats
    2004–05 Sidney Crosby Rimouski Océanic
    2003–04 Maxime Talbot Gatineau Olympiques
    2002–03 Maxime Talbot Hull Olympiques
    2001–02 Danny Groulx Victoriaville Tigres
    2000–01 Simon Gamache Val-d’Or Foreurs
    1999–2000 Brad Richards Rimouski Océanic
    1998–99 Mathieu Benoit Acadie–Bathurst Titan
    1997–98 Jean-Pierre Dumont Val-d’Or Foreurs
    1996–97 Christian Bronsard Hull Olympiques
    1995–96 Jason Doig Granby Prédateurs
    1994–95 Jose Theodore Hull Olympiques
    1993–94 Eric Fichaud Chicoutimi Saguenéens
    1992–93 Manny Fernandez Laval Titan
    1991–92 Robert Guillet Verdun Collège Français
    1990–91 Felix Potvin Chicoutimi Saguenéens
    1989–90 Denis Chalifoux Laval Titan
    1988–89 Donald Audette Laval Titan
    1987–88 Marc Saumier Hull Olympiques
    1986–87 Marc Saumier Longueuil Chevaliers
    1985–86 Sylvain Cote &
    Luc Robitaille Hull Olympiques
    1984–85 Claude Lemieux Verdun Junior Canadiens
    1983–84 Mario Lemieux Laval Voisins
    1982–83 Pat LaFontaine Verdun Juniors
    1981–82 Michel Morissette Sherbrooke Castors
    1980–81 Alain Lemieux Trois-Rivières Draveurs
    1979–80 Dale Hawerchuk Cornwall Royals
    1978–79 Jean-Francois Sauve Trois-Rivières Draveurs
    1977–78 Richard David Trois-Rivières Draveurs

  • 2013–14 Antoine Bibeau Val-d’Or Foreurs

    2012–13 Jonathan Drouin Halifax Mooseheads

    2011–12 Charlie Coyle Saint John Sea Dogs

    2010–11 Jonathan Huberdeau Saint John

    2009–10 Gabriel Bourque Moncton Wildcats

    2008–09 Yannick Riendeau Drummondville Voltigeurs

    2007–08 Claude Giroux Gatineau Olympiques

    2006–07 Jonathan Bernier Lewiston Maineiacs

    2005–06 Martin Karsums Moncton Wildcats

    2004–05 Sidney Crosby Rimouski Océanic

    2003–04 Maxime Talbot Gatineau Olympiques

    2002–03 Maxime Talbot Hull Olympiques

    2001–02 Danny Groulx Victoriaville Tigres

    2000–01 Simon Gamache Val-d’Or Foreurs

    1999–2000 Brad Richards Rimouski Océanic

    1998–99 Mathieu Benoit Acadie–Bathurst Titan

    1997–98 Jean-Pierre Dumont Val-d’Or Foreurs

    1996–97 Christian Bronsard Hull Olympiques

    1995–96 Jason Doig Granby Prédateurs

    1994–95 Jose Theodore Hull Olympiques

    1993–94 Eric Fichaud Chicoutimi Saguenéens

    1992–93 Manny Fernandez Laval Titan

    1991–92 Robert Guillet Verdun Collège Français

    1990–91 Felix Potvin Chicoutimi Saguenéens

    1989–90 Denis Chalifoux Laval Titan

    1988–89 Donald Audette Laval Titan

    1987–88 Marc Saumier Hull Olympiques

    1986–87 Marc Saumier Longueuil Chevaliers

    1985–86 Sylvain Cote &
    Luc Robitaille Hull Olympiques

    1984–85 Claude Lemieux Verdun Junior Canadiens

    1983–84 Mario Lemieux Laval Voisins

    1982–83 Pat LaFontaine Verdun Juniors

    1981–82 Michel Morissette Sherbrooke Castors

    1980–81 Alain Lemieux Trois-Rivières Draveurs

    1979–80 Dale Hawerchuk Cornwall Royals

    1978–79 Jean-Francois Sauve Trois-Rivières Draveurs

    1977–78 Richard David Trois-Rivières Draveurs