3. Theo Rochette, C, Quebec Remparts – QMJHL
A defensive forward, Theo Rochette could be a nice compliment to elite playmaker Brendan Brisson, who was taken 29th overall by the Golden Knights in the First Round on Tuesday.
Boasting a high Hockey IQ and able to consistently feed the puck to his teammates, Rochette could offer a hell of a lot of value late in the Third Round should he last that long.
Offering decent enough size at 5-foot-10 and 165 lbs, Rochette is only going to grow and he’s a very good skater with a nonstop motor.
His puck skills are impressive and he can play as a center or as a wing, which is important in the modern day NHL.
One area of weakness, however, is Rochette’s shot simply because he just doesn’t use it enough which is a surprise given how much of a deadly weapon it is.
His release, power and accuracy are all up there and if Rochette can shoot more, then he will develop into one hell of a potent offensive weapon in the NHL.
Rochette is also responsible in his own zone and he’s effective in the faceoff circle, winning over 50 percent of his draws (433-for-869).
Overall, Theo Rochette has a high compete level and he could become a responsible two-way player who can contribute in both zones and play in all situations.