NHL: Maveric Lamoureux, Tristan Luneau and Noah Warren were able to share the stress of the Combine

BUFFALO — It would be a stretch to claim they didn’t feel stress during NHL Review Week, but Maveric Lamoureux, Tristan Luneau and Noah Warren had the privilege of having this experience together.

Since their arrival in Buffalo, the three QMJHL defensemen have been inseparable. Since they each have an excellent sense of humor (don’t miss the video linked with the article), one would like to say that they looked like the Dalton gang. But hey, they are much smarter and smarter than them and there is a little missing in the group. Although Luneau, even though he’s six-foot-two, could pass for the little one considering that Lamoureux has a six-foot-seven frame and Warren is a close second at six-foot-five.

Lamoureux was quick to confirm that it was an advantage to be surrounded so well.

“I was in the same room as Tristan. In the evening, we shared our notes on the teams, we told each other the difficult little questions of the interviews. If we had learned something from a team, we talked about it. Yesterday (Friday) we watched the new Top Gun together. (David) Goyette was also there with us. We spent most of the week together whether it was eating or walking around town. I knew them very well, but I was able to get closer to them even more,” confided the great right-hander of the Voltigeurs de Drummondville.

And no, Lamoureux has not yet been given the nickname of Top Gun, because of his first name. But he often hears about it and it seems to impose itself as an idea.

For those who watched the 1986 version of Top Gun, there is competition within the squadron. So even though Lamoureux, Luneau and Warren are buddies, they all aspire to win the little rivalry of draft rank.

“Of course it would be fun to be chosen first, but we don’t really talk about it since we’re friends. At the same time, for sure there is competition and it would be nice to get ahead of them”, expressed Warren.

Very friendly too, Lamoureux admits that it is impossible to avoid a rivalry on this subject.

“Of course it’s a goal and there’s a little competition, but it’s not a bad rivalry. I’m in the same agency as Tristan, we’re good friends. But it is certain that he would like to be drafted before me and it is the same thing on my side, ”summarized Lamoureux who is represented by Dominic DeBlois.

As Nicolas Landry will tell you, the Canadian was identified as the team that conducted the most difficult interviews. The new staff tried to destabilize the hopes in different ways to get to know them better.

In order to react well to the leaders of the many clubs interested in his services, Lamoureux chose the card of authenticity.

The CH, the most difficult team in interview

“I feel like it went well. I was myself, I was smiling, I had a good energy and I was not stressed. I wasn’t trying to invent a role for myself in the interviews and I think the recruiters liked that. They noticed it immediately, “said the right-hander who admits having hunted after his first interview with Seattle.

“My agent emailed me any questions that might arise. He told us that we could maintain our point of view, respectfully. Teams like that you don’t get pushed around,” said Lamoureux, who believes he had his best interviews with Edmonton, Detroit, Vancouver and Carolina.

If the CH group, notably composed of Martin Lapointe, Nick Bobrov, recruiters and a sports psychologist, chased hopes, Luneau had a rather comical experience with the Colorado Avalanche.

After briefly introducing himself, he was invited to compete against an Avalanche manager of his choice. The challenge was to throw the most candies (five tries) into a trash can at the back of the room.

“But it was tied after our five shots so it went into overtime and it just didn’t want to end. In short, the game took almost all the time. I got to the point that I wanted to ask if we were moving on to continue the interview, ”said Luneau with a smile.

Like Warren and Lamoureux, Luneau had prepared well for the interview process. After all, he had knee surgery last offseason which affected the first half of his draft season.

“I didn’t have any interviews for me. challenger. I heard that some had more difficult questions including with Montreal. Some clubs were showing bad snippets of players and they had to explain themselves. But it went well on my side,” said Luneau.

The three companions also underwent the physical tests within the same group. It all ended with the famous stationary bike test, a suffering of 30 seconds.

“Cycling is no fun, that’s for sure. But the rest went really well,” said Lamoureux.

“They put a lot of resistance on the bike. When he tells you that you’re halfway through the 30 seconds, you’re like ‘Phew…’. But it’s fun, they motivate us,” Warren also confirmed.

Based on the published results, it can be confirmed that all three defenders have achieved excellent results in some events. It was also interesting to see that Lamoureux is the one who stood out the most among the trio, even if he still has to add about thirty pounds of muscle to his very slender physique.

All the sacrifices invested will pay off on July 7 or 8 during the repechage in Montreal. They each anticipate this moment with excitement.

“All my family will be there, my friends too. My mother lives really close, on the Plateau”, underlined Warren who practiced several sports including swimming and athletics so well that he already has a fascinating physical maturity.

*Over the next few days, we will publish an article to dissect the play of these three defenders under the eye of a few recruiters who have spied on their journey.

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