Arnaud Durandeau | GP: 13 Pts:16 (Halifax Moosehead)
In 2017 the New York Islanders selected Arnaud Durandeau 165th overall in the sixth round of the draft. The winger from the Halifax Moosehead had 41 points in 64 games that season. A decent return for him.
Since then he’s been getting better. Last year he increased his production to 53 points in 67 games. And now early in the 2018-19 season, he’s on pace to have an explosive season.
With 16 points through his opening 13 games, Durandeau is on pace for an 83 point season over 67 games. Playing with 18-year-old Raphael Lavoie obviously helps that.
Durandeau’s play is helping the memorial cup host Halifax Moosehead earn a spot in the CHL tournament rather than being there simply for being the host. The Moosehead sit atop the QMJHL Ester Conference standings with 20 points from a possible 26.
While the New York Islanders look to add some of their young players already in the AHL, Arnaud Durandeau represents the next wave of players to take their places.
He certainly doesn’t have the same attention that a first round pick would generate. But when teams select a player in the sixth round, they don’t necessarily expect them to make the NHL. Durandeau still has a lot to prove, but he’s forcing the Islanders to take notice.