Jonathan Huberdeau

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Jonathan Huberdeau
Quinton Howden WJC12 press conference.jpg
Huberdeau as a member of Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championships
Born (1993-06-04) June 4, 1993 (age 21)
Saint-Jérôme, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 177 lb (80 kg; 12 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Florida Panthers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 3rd overall, 2011
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2013–present

Jonathan Huberdeau (born June 4, 1993) is a Canadian ice hockey forward currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected third overall by the Panthers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Huberdeau played Midget AAA hockey with the Ste. Eustache Vikings of the Quebec Midget League. He led the league in scoring during the 2008–09 season. After his performance, he was drafted in the 1st round (18th overall) in the 2009 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Midget draft by the Saint John Sea Dogs. Huberdeau scored a goal in his first QMJHL game against the Acadie–Bathurst Titan.[1] Huberdeau was the leading scorer among 16-year olds in the QMJHL for the 2009–10 season, and scored on all 6 of his shootout attempts.[1] In January 2010, Huberdeau was named the league's scholastic player of the month.[2] The Sea Dogs reached the QMJHL finals during Huberdeau's rookie season.[3]

Prior to the start of the 2010–11 season, Huberdeau was one of 33 prospects selected to attend the NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp in August. The prospects were invited to participate to try out potential rule changes the NHL was considering, and also to be briefed with information on security and professionalism to assist with their future careers in the public eye.[4] Huberdeau was considered a solid prospect for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at the start of the 2010–11 QMJHL season, and his strong play helped him move up the rankings. He scored 43 goals and added 62 assists in 67 games for the Sea Dogs.[3] The Sea Dogs captured the 2011 QMJHL championship, and represented the league at the 2011 Memorial Cup. Huberdeau was nominated for three QMJHL awards at the end of the season, including the Michel Briere Trophy for Most Valuable Player, the Mike Bossy Trophy as top professional prospect, and the Paul Dumont Trophy as the league's personality of the year.[5] He did not win any of the awards, Sean Couturier was named MVP and top prospect, while Louis Leblanc captured the award for personality of the year. Huberdeau was named to the league's First All-Star Team.[6]

At the Memorial Cup tournament, the Sea Dogs earned a bye to the final game after victories in their first two round-robin games. In the final against the Mississauga Majors, Huberdeau recorded a goal and an assist, helping the Sea Dogs to a 3–1 victory. He was awarded the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the tournament's Most Valuable Player,[7] and was named to the tournament's All-Star Team.[8]

At the end of the 2010–2011 season, NHL Central Scouting ranked him third among North American skaters, moving up one spot from the mid-season rankings.[3] Ahead of the NHL draft, Vityaz Chekhov made Huberdeau the fifth overall selection in the 2011 Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) Junior Draft.[9] After being informed of his selection, Huberdeau said "For sure, I don’t want to go there. I didn’t talk to anybody about that."[10]

Florida Panthers[edit]

On September 20, 2011, playing in his second NHL pre-season game, Huberdeau scored a goal against the Nashville Predators. He played five preseason games with the Panthers, tallying 3 goals and 1 assist to lead the team in preseason scoring before being sent back to Saint John on October 3.

Following the conclusion of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Huberdeau made the Panthers starting roster for the 2012–13 NHL season. He scored his first NHL goal on January 19, 2013 against Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes on the second shift and first shot of his NHL career. Huberdeau would add two assists in the 5-1 victory to earn the first star of the game in his NHL debut. NHL regulations allowed the Panthers to keep Huberdeau in their lineup for a maximum of five games before they could either return him to his junior team or keep him in Florida. On January 28, 2013, after registering a goal and two assists in five games, the Panthers announced that the rookie would remain with the Panthers for the duration of the NHL season.[11]

As a result of his outstanding rookie season, Huberdeau won the 2013 Calder Memorial Trophy.

International play[edit]

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Huberdeau as a member of Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2012 Canada

Huberdeau's first experience with Hockey Canada came when he represented Team Quebec at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. He scored two goals and added a single assist in five games.[1] He represented Canada at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, recording three assists as Canada captured the gold medal.[1]

Huberdeau continued his international success by representing Canada in the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He posted one goal and four assists in Team Canada's 8-1 victory over Team Finland to open the tournament.

Personal life[edit]

Huberdeau was raised in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec.[citation needed] Huberdeau's first language is French, and chose to attend Saint Malachy's Memorial high school, an English-speaking high school, to better prepare himself for the NHL.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 61 15 20 35 43 21 11 7 18 22
2010–11 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 67 43 62 105 88 19 16 14 30 16
2011–12 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 37 30 42 72 50 15 10 11 21 18
2012–13 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 30 16 29 45 48
2012–13 Florida Panthers NHL 48 14 17 31 18
2013–14 Florida Panthers NHL 69 9 19 28 37
NHL totals 117 23 36 59 55

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Canada U17 7th 5 2 1 3 4
2012 Canada WJC Bronze medal icon.svg 6 1 8 9 16
2013 Canada WJC 4th 6 3 6 9 4
2014 Canada WC 5th 8 1 4 5 2
Junior totals 17 6 15 21 24
Senior totals 8 1 4 5 2

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year Ref
QMJHL First Team All-Star 2010–11 [6]
CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2011 [12]
NHL All-Rookie Team 2012–13
Calder Memorial Trophy 2012–13

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Jonathan Huberdeau". Saint John Sea Dogs. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ "National Men's Summer U-18 Team" (pdf). Hockey Canada. p. 21. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Huberdeau, Jonathan". National Hockey League. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sea Dogs, Rangers Head Prospect List". National Hockey League. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ Morreale, Mike G. (March 22, 2011). "QMJHL announces finalists for Golden Puck awards". National Hockey League. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Beacon, Bill (April 7, 2011). "Islanders, Rocket goalie among QMJHL award winners". The Guardian. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ Pyette, Ryan (May 29, 2011). "Sea Dogs claim the Memorial Cup". Calgary Sun. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ "2011 Mastercard Memorial Cup Individual Award Winners". Canadian Hockey League. May 29, 2011. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Sea Dogs' Huberdeau chosen fifth in KHL draft". The Sports Network. May 28, 2011. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ Fitz-Gerald, Sean (May 29, 2011). "Huberdeau scratching his head over KHL draft". The National Post. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  11. ^ PANTHERS ANNOUNCE HUBERDEAU TO STICK WITH CLUB http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=414681
  12. ^ Memorial Cup All-Star Teams

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Gabriel Landeskog
Winner of the Calder Trophy
2013
Succeeded by
Nathan MacKinnon
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Quinton Howden
Florida Panthers first round draft pick
2011
Succeeded by
Mike Matheson