Meet The Draft Eligibles: Maxime Comtois

Maxime Comtois

Yesterday I had the opportunity to sit down with QMJHL Central Scouting’s number one ranked player, Maxime Comtois of the Chateauguay Grenadiers.

The 16-year-old from Ste-Martine, Que., lead the Grenadiers in scoring with 56 points in 41 games this season. Comtois and the Grenadiers also hoisted the Jimmy-Ferrari trophy as the LHMAAAQ Champions after sweeping the Lac St-Louis Lions in the final series. Chateauguay went onto make it to the Telus Cup final before losing to the Toronto Young Nationals 6-2 in the championship game.

Despite admitting his english isn’t the greatest, Maxime did his very best to answer my questions and I think he did very well. I’d like to thank him for that.

Read the full interview below:


What would it mean to be selected 1st overall at the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft?

It sure would be very nice but I’m not focusing on that, because if it’s not me going first I don’t want to be disappointed. Sincerely my goal was to be drafted in the first round, if it’s first good for me but it doesn’t mean anything when you arrive at the camp, you still have to make the team, your place is not guaranteed.


You helped lead the Grenadiers de Chateauguay to the LHMAAAQ’s Coupe Jimmy-Ferrari this season and made it all the way to the Telus Cup final. How has that experience helped you develop as a player?

It was a very good experience. Playing against the best teams in the country who most of them had 10-12, 17- and 18-year-old players was really demanding physically and mentally but you also had to keep a high level of competition for seven days in a row. But during the season, we’ve worked a lot on cardio at the end of the practices and I think that its helped me and our team to battle through that.


Describe your style of play and how that will translate over to the QMJHL?

First, whatever I play next year, I will still play as Maxime Comtois. A guy that goes to the net to score goals, love to create plays for my linemates, create opportunities with my speed and my desire to win every one-on-one battle. Finally, I don’t play on one side of the ice, I play a 200-foot hockey game and I love to be a game changer (goal, assist or big defensive play).


What are your goals and things you’d like to work on going into your first training camp in September?

I know my game is not perfect. I want to be better defensively and control my emotions because sometimes when it doesn’t work I take bad penalties. But I will work very hard on that, because you probably know my goal: I want to play in the QMJHL next year!


What can you bring to a QMJHL team looking to draft you?

Even if I’m young, I know I could be a leader for a team (maybe a captain or an alternate-captain in three years). Also, my type of game could help my future team to win a championship, because I consider myself a winning player. Like I mentioned above, I will not change my game, it would be the same Maxime Comtois you know.


The scouting reports all note your goal-scoring potential and your ability to score big goals for your team. Is there any part of your game you think you could improve on?

You have to work on everything to be the best, but something I could improve is to be the best player on every aspect of the game, to be more reliable everywhere on the ice. I know that is the type of player who bring teams to a championship.


Which NHL player would you compare yourself to?

I compare myself to Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks, I want to play the same game as him and be a good leader like he is.


You’ve played for Team Quebec at the Canada Games, competed in the Telus Cup and won the Midget AAA championship this season. What has been the highlight of your career so far?

The highlight of my career is our whole playoff run this year. I know that nobody believed in us because we were young and not experienced, but we absolutely changed that opinion when we won in four games against Lac St-Louis Lions in the final. We proved them wrong and we also proved that great chemistry and players who know their role wins championships. The 22 players on our team will stay in my heart forever just because of that.


You and teammate Antoine Morand were the Grenadiers top two scorers this season and you now head into the draft as the top two ranked players. Are you looking forward to sharing your draft day moments with a teammate?

It’s something very special to be with my friend on the top of the list. It’s sure I will share this draft moment with him and all my other teammates.


What are your thoughts heading into the draft on Saturday?

I don’t really know sincerely… I want to be drafted haha!


Would you prefer to stay in Quebec or play in the Maritimes?

I don’t mind, I will play where I’m drafted. I just want to play hockey.


Photo Credit: Maxime Maheu