Louis-Marc Aubry, left, and Pier-Antoine DionPhoto by Brendan McCarthy/The Telegram
Never mind the baby face, devoid even of a hint of peach fuzz, and the bean-pole body. St. Johns Fog Devils head coach/GM Real Paiement says Louis-Marc Aubry is a hockey player, with the game and the genes to prove it.
I played against his father in junior and he had the same sort of body, and he was a hell of a hockey player. We think this kid will be too, said Paiement, hearkening back to the days when he and Pierre Aubry squared off against each other in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
I think this young man has had a book on how to be a hockey player ever since he was born and that he has been reading it every day. You can see it when he steps on the ice.
The younger Aubry was the Fog Devils second pick, 31st overall, in Saturdays QMJHL entry draft in Drummondville. They didnt draft him for size hes listed at 147 pounds.
Yes, he has some filling out do, but hes one of the youngest players in the draft, said Paiement, noting Aubrys November birthday. Hes got plenty of time left to grow.
In fact, hes growing now. Aubry is 5-11, but thats three inches taller than he was at the start of his 2006-07 season with his Trois Rivieres, Que., midget team.
Described as an honest player in one scouting report, Aubry was considered one of the best defensive forwards available in Saturdays draft and is said to be an excellent faceoff specialist, just as his father was.
Hes a good two-way forward, with great hockey sense, and he can skate, said Paiement. Hes a lot like Dion (St. Johns first-round pick Pier-Antoine Dion), in that you know what you get from him every shift.
Hes also like Dion in that they both played for the same Trois Rivieres team last season. Aubry had seven goals, 10 assists and 69 penalty minutes in 41 Quebec midget league games. Like his height, his stock rose considerably during the season, which he topped off with an outstanding performance at the leagues prospect challenge this spring.
I knew St. Johns was interested in me a little bit because they talked to me on the phone, but I never met with them, said Aubry. Im glad they picked me and I was very happy they took me in the second round because I was rated in the third round (by the leagues scouting bureau).
Aubry says he is looking forward to the Fog Devils training camp in August and the opportunity to improve on his already passable second-language skills.
I think I am a hard worker, so I will work on getting better at English, he promised.
I will work hard on getting better at everything.