Troy McClure wrote: Here's the list of players drafted out of the QMJHL by the Stars:
2013 2nd round Desrosiers Goalie (Quebecois)
2011 5th round Vance D (American)
2006 1st round Vishnevskiy D (Russian)
2003 6th round Wathier LW (Ontario)
2002 1st round Vagner D (Czech)
2001 9th round Sullivan RW (Newfie)
1999 5th round Baumgartner RW (Austrian)
1995 2nd round Cote LW (Quebecois)
1995 5th round Marleau D (Quebecois)
Only nine players ever drafted out of the Q, and of those nine, only three are actually French Canadian.
Don't know what to take from this, but it sure seems like the Stars ignore the Q.
Yes, and I would say it's a major trend not only in the Stars' organization, but also around the league. There's less Quebecers that are drafted and make through the NHL on a regular basis, that pretty noticeable.
The league development and expansion come with a much wider player basin all across North America, trending up especially in former non-traditional markets. Dallas is one of the best example when you see the evolution between the early 90's and now. Moreover, there seem to be more interests towards European players where they used to be simply ignored. As a consequence, the fraction of Quebecers are decreasing, the pool of eligible players is much wider.
But my other hypothesis is related to the mental aspects of QC players towards, let's say Canadian in general. There's (and there will always be, even unconsciously) an inferiority or persecution complex coming from a looooong time ago, when the Brits kicked French's asses in the Plains of Abraham. Basically, nothing is their fault. When they are challenged, instead of listening to criticizm and work to improve, they will whine and complain. And I have the feeling that more and more scouting staff all across the league become somehow reluctant to consider a Quebecers vs. another player coming from elsewhere at equal value and skill
I remember being in the press-box at a Quebec Remparts game. One Stars scout was next to me and came to see Anthony Duclair. Well, we probably saw the same thing: that guy was by far the best one ice, was the quickest, great vision, great hands, lot of potential, sometimes putting maybe too much sauce. However, one thing was lacking: he didn't have a brain. He got tickled a bit and totally lost it, trying to instigate fights before being sent off. Ok, Duclair-Stars, stikethrough.
Another symptomatic example I have is the game #7 between the Sharks and the Golden Knights with the famous 5' major that turned into four goals. Typical Québec reaction came from Marchessault (I'm pissed, refs robbed us, this is a scandal), barking indistinctly at everyone while other players took that on them (Yes It was a bad call, but allowing four goals during the penalty is unacceptable, it's on us
). Of course they are not all like that, Marc-André Fleury or Marc-Antoine Vlasic for instance, but you can see a general pattern.
Sorry for the novel and eventual syntax and/or grammatical errors.