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After months of waiting, second-overall pick, Alexis Pépin, will be entering his fist career QMJHL season with the P.E.I. Rocket and he is looking forward to it.
“It feels good,” said Pépin. “All summer I waited to come to P.E.I.”
The 16-year-old Candiac, Que. native is looking forward to putting up some points and getting ready for the NHL Draft in two years, which he will be eligible for.
He appeared in five exhibition games for the Rocket, scoring four goals and two assists. He has been playing on the top line with veteran Ben Duffy and Czech-forward Matej Beran.
Pépin said he wants to stay on that line for the rest of the year.
“It’s good to play there. You have to compete every night to stay on this line. Those guys are expecting you to work hard.”
Playing on that line will help him with his point totals this year, said Pépin.
“They will show what I am able to do on the ice.”
With the pre-season concluded, the young forward has already gotten a taste of what the rest of the season will feel like.
“The level is going to be a little bit higher than the preseason games so you have to compete,” said Pépin.
The rookie forward compares his game to that of Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens.
His shot is one of his strength’s as a player, he said.
“I have good strides when I skate and I have a huge body so I can make body checks.”
Pépin got his first lick of regular season QMJHL action on Friday Sept. 21 in a 6-2 win against the team’s arch-rival, the Moncton Wildcats. He recorded his first career point at 7:17 of the second period with an assist.
Rocket captain, Josh Currie, has seen a lot of good things from Pépin over the past month and a half.
“He’s a real good kid, dedicated, he works hard and obviously really skilled,” said Currie. “He’s going to be a real good for us this year and for years to come. He has the size, the skill and the shot and he’s a real good addition for our team.”
Pépin and his Rocket is back in action on Friday night when they battle the Titan in Acadie-Bathurst for a 7:30 p.m. start.
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