all William Dufour does is win, win, win, it doesn’t matter what. Truthfully, we could not publish sufficient content material about him successful accolade after accolade. The reigning Memorial Cup Champion and 2022 World Juniors gold medalist was one of the vital profitable prospects of any up-and-comer throughout the NHL. Lastly, after just a few weeks of relaxation, Dufour is now on Lengthy Island attending the Islanders rookie camp and he is brought his championship pedigree and mentality with him.
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“I could not ask for extra. I am a champion within the Q, I am a champion on this planet. I imply, coming right here I am very assured. I had a fairly good season this yr, I’ll attempt to carry (all of) this into camp.”
– William Dufour
“A fairly good season” is clearly an understatement. Dufour notched 116 factors for the Saint John Sea Canines, good for second most within the QMJHL. His 56 objectives from him led the league and helped him surpass Jonathan Huberdeau’s Sea Canines file (105 factors) for many factors in a single season in Saint John’s historical past. The Sea Canines had been bounced from the 2022 QMJHL playoffs sooner than anticipated. Nonetheless, they gained the Memorial Cup because the event hosts on the again of Dufour who scored seven objectives and eight factors, main the event within the former class and typing the lead within the latter. On the World Junior Championships and en path to a gold medal, Dufour scored three objectives and 7 factors in seven video games and even performed his technique to Canada’s prime line subsequent to fellow prime prospects Mason McTavish and Joshua Roy.
Now, Dufour is attending his first actual NHL rookie/coaching camp and is happy concerning the raised degree of competitors he’ll be dealing with.
“There’s plenty of pleasure. I used to be drafted in 2020 and it is the primary time right here in an actual camp. To see the boys right here, it is good. You are practising with some professionals so it is good that the compete degree is excessive and I can not wait to see additional what the remainder of this week goes to be.”
– William Dufour
One of many narratives round Dufour’s unbelievable success within the 2021-22 QMJHL season was that he was an “over-ager,” enjoying in a person’s sized physique amongst smaller, much less expert competitors. Dufour has since silenced that narrative, proving he might carry out in best-on-best competitors after the QMJHL season concluded throughout just a few completely different postseason tournaments. Dufour’s success of him has even catapulted him up the Islanders prospect pool the place some rank him as Lengthy Islands No.1 prospect forward of Aatu Räty.
When requested about what went into his success all final yr, Dufour defined how he simplified issues for himself.
“I feel I simply (needed) to be myself. (Not placing) stress on (myself). Simply proceed what I did final yr and what I did on the World Juniors. Attempt to play that two-way recreation I performed on the World Juniors, I feel that is going to be extra my kind of recreation and simply carry some offense. No stress, simply play my recreation and all the things will go properly if I play my recreation.”
– William Dufour
Along with his confidence at an all-time excessive, Dufour is trying to journey the wave of momentum to hockey’s prime degree, trying to make a long-lasting impression on among the Islanders’ choice makers. He is more likely to begin the season on the AHL degree with the Bridgeport Islanders in his first skilled season, however at rookie and coaching camp, he is trying to present the group that drafted him within the fifth spherical of the 2020 NHL Draft that he is a official candidate to play NHL video games. It may very well be sooner quite than later that we see Dufour in a varsity Islanders uniform, and his historic season of championship success performed an enormous function in Dufour’s monumental upward pattern, and he is now introduced that mentality to the Islanders at their rookie coaching camp.