Number 20: Arnaud Durandeau (Left-Wing) | Age: 20
Halifax Moosehead: 38G, 35A, 73PTS
I’m really excited for this kid to be playing in the AHL in 2019-20. Last season, Durandeau had a big year with the Halifax Moosehead scoring nearly 40 goals in 68 games.
He finished third in scoring on a team that also finished third in the league with a 49-15-2 record. Durandeau also helped the Moosehead make it to the QMJHL playoff finals with his 20 points in 23 playoffs games. They lose in the finals to Noah Dobson’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
Durandeau added another three points in four games as the Moosehead made it to the final of the memorial. Where they would again lose to Noah Dobson and his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
The former sixth-round pick from 2017 was just recently signed to an entry-level deal by the Islanders this offseason, allowing him to make the jump from the QMJHL to the AHL.
Again, he was sixth-round pick just two years ago. Durandeau has taken some significant steps to get that ELC and have a chance at making the NHL.
The one knock on him was that his feisty character an undisciplined stick got him in trouble. He notched 70 penalty minutes in his draft year. By 2018-19 that number was cut down by 24.
If he can remain disciplined he could be yet another surprise late-round pick for the New York Islanders.