The first overall pick in the 2016 QMJHL Draft, Groulx has not yet been able to live up to his left draft status offensively despite being given lots of offensive chances with Filip Zadina and Olivier Fortier, two of the most talented players in the league.
When one witnesses his attention to the defensive end of the game, tendency to make the safe play and work ethic it’s no surprise to learn he’s the son of former QMJHL coach Ben Groulx. What concerns scouts is his NHL upside…does he have the skill and offensive creativity to produce at the NHL level? Unless he can pick up his offensive numbers over the last part of the regular season and playoffs, those doubts may keep him out of the first round.
NHL Scouts Comments
Oct. 3, 2017 – I don’t think he’s going to be a natural point producer or a natural scorer, but he certainly was really good defensively and good on the penalty kill, and when he’s on his regular shift he goes to the net and gets dirty. I thought his game elevated as the tournament went on. I’ll be interested to see how he starts off this season. I did like his game..he looked like a third-line guy.
Jan. 17, 2018 – Probably a little overhyped. He’s more character than talent. Maybe a third-line center…maybe a fourth-line center. He plays a hard game, he does all the things that are tough to do, but he’s not a real talented player. Average skill..sees what’s in front of him, I don’t think he’s a real cerebral player. Goes to the net, net-front guy, good stick…he can get pucks. He works hard, good on the draw. He does all those little things…just not a play driver. A complementary type. In the first half, I kept saying..”okay I know there’s more..there’s got to be more”, but he kind of stalled. He’s more just a bottom-six guy for me. It’s almost incredible the opportunity he gets on that team offensively. I want to see more..he’s a high pick..he just doesn’t do enough for a guy that gets his opportunity..playing with Zadina and Fortier.
Jan. 22, 2018 – He might be in a team’s top 30, but he’s the type of guy you’d like to get in the second round.