Guillaume Brisebois

by Cam Robinson on July 28, 2017

Guillaume Brisebois - Photo: www.acadienouvelle.com

 

Guillaume Brisebois, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 176

Born: 1997-07-21

Hometown: Longueuil​, QC, CAN

Drafted: 2015 by Vancouver Canucks, 66th overall

 

 

 

 

Observations:

July 2017 – Brisebois culminated his junior career by posting career-highs for goals (10), points (47), PIMs (34) and plus-minus (plus-35).  The Quebec native will join the Utica Comets of the AHL this fall and begin his professional career. While the increased speed and strength at the elevated level will be an adjustment, Brisebois plays a smooth and smart brand of hockey that should lend itself well to a more structured game. Look for his role to increase as the season wears on. Cam Robinson

February 2017 Brisebois turned in a game for the ages last week, setting a franchise record by recording five assists for Charlottetown in an 11-4 victory. He has seven points in his past three games and 37 overall in 49 contests. Brisebois remains a silky smooth player who looks better with each viewing. His game should translate well to the professional ranks and he looks like a future top-four defender for the Canucks. Cam Robinson

December 2016 The smooth-skating rearguard came up just a little short in his quest to don the Maple Leaf at this years' world junior championship. The Canucks' third-round selection from 2015 was one of the last two defensemen cut from Team Canada and will head back to his QMJHL club, where he wears the captain's C and plays major minutes in all situations. Cam Robinson

December 2016The steady rearguard has survived the first round of cuts at Canada's World Junior selection camp. With Victor Mete being sent back to his OHL squad, that leaves just nine defenders left vying for seven spots. Brisebois offers a very smooth and error-free game that will surely appeal to the coaching staff in the short tournament setting as well as exemplary leadership qualities as evidenced by his being captain of two QMJHL teams over the past three seasons. Cam Robinson

October 2016Brisebois began his fourth QMJHL season by scoring three goals and three assists through the first five games. The smooth-skating defender is finally playing on a successful team with his move to Charlottetown in the off-season and is showcasing his offensive skill set. The former third-round selection will push for a spot on Team Canada's world junior squad this season and if he continues to produce at this level, could become a favourite to crack the deep roster. Cam Robinson

August 2016 Brisebois finished his third season with the Titan, and second as team captain, by recording 10 goals and 26 points in 52 contests. It will be the efficient defenseman's last in Acadia-Bathurst as his trade request was granted with a move to Charlottetown. A very cerebral and confident player, Brisebois will look to display a greater offensive game in his final junior season to go along with his stalwart defensive capabilities. A strong showing at the National Junior Evaluation Camp this August for Team Canada bodes well in his attempt to crack the deep roster. Cam Robinson

December 2015 Fresh off signing his entry-level contract with the Canucks on December 10th, Brisebois has continued to ply his trade on a mediocre Acadie-Bathurst club in the QMJHL The Titan have been an exercise in mediocrity for a third consecutive season - with Guillaume's stat line becoming collateral damage as he has accumulated a minus-72 rating in his time with the club. To see the stats and to see the player are two different things though - this season, Brisebois has amassed five goals and 13 points in total, hardly wildly impressive numbers. However, Brisebois shows effortless, even silky skating, with a crisp first pass to go along with a lanky 6-2 frame. He has to work on the subtle nuances of the game, particularly his gap control when attackers enter the offensive zone. That's something that can be learned though, and he appears to take an academic approach to the game. He will need time, but could top out as a second pairing defenseman and power play quarterback. David McDonald

November 2015 Brisebois has been steadily cruising along the same developmental path for years now. The former fifth overall pick in the QMJHL Bantam Draft has been stuck with the lowly Titans his entire career, but his talents have not gone unnoticed. Last season he represented Canada at the U-18's, and he recently skated for Team QMJHL in the Subway Series despite his career minus-66 rating. As he is the returning captain of his squad, Acadie-Bathurst will most likely hold on to their star defender for another season, even though many wish he was traded to a more competitive club. Mike Barrett

June 2015 – The Vancouver Canucks traded up and selected defenseman Guillaume Brisebois with the 66th pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

June 2015 – Brisebois is a thin, lanky defenseman who is one of the youngest of the 2015 draft class. Brisebois captained an poor Acadie-Bathurst team and was a bright spot on the team. Brisebois plays a game that isn’t overly eye catching however he contributes in all aspects of the game. Offensively, Brisebois has been asked by coaches to use his strong skating to carry the puck out and lead the rush just as a change up to his precise crisp break out passes. He has a great shot but rarely uses it which can be frustrating, like many parts of his game Brisebois seems to have more to give than what he offers. He could really stand to add some mass to a thin frame which could assist in one of the weaker aspects of his game, physicality. Benjamin Gallant

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

A great skater with a high hockey IQ, Brisebois projects to a be a talented top-four defender with decent offensive upside.

 

Footage:

Brisebois using his accurate wrist shot to put his team up 1-0:

 

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