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Nicolas Meloche
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Born July 18, 1997 (1997-07-18) (age 21)
Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
QMJHL team
Former teams
Gatineau Olympiques
Baie-Comeau Drakkar
NHL Draft 40th overall, 2015
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career TBD–present

Nicolas Meloche (born on July 18, 1997) is a Canadian junior ice hockey defenceman. currently playing with the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He was selected 40th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.

Playing CareerEdit

Nicolas was drafted by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the 1st round (15th overall) of the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft.

During his first season with Baie-Comeau, he scored 25 points in 54 games to set a franchise record for most points by a rookie defenceman and his outstanding play was recognized when he was named to the 2013–14 QMJHL All-Rookie Team.

The following season, he was chosen to play with the Canada men's national under-18 ice hockey team at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament where he helped Canada win the gold medal.

Nicolas was also named to the play with the QMJHL All-Stars at the 2014 Subway Super Series and was selected to participate in the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Originally rated as a top prospect who was projected to be a possible first round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, he was subsequently selected 40th overall by the Colorado Avalanche.

After attending the Avalanche's 2015 training camp, he began the 2015–16 season in his third year with a rebuilding Drakkar.

Despite languishing in the standings, Nicolas was leading the defense in scoring with 16 points in 25 games before he was traded by Baie-Comeau to title contenders, Gatineau Olympiques in exchange for a prospect and two draft picks on December 16, 2015.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 54 6 19 25 47 22 0 8 8 8
2014–15 Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 44 10 24 34 99 12 4 6 10 22
2015–16 Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 25 8 8 16 54
QMJHL totals 123 24 51 75 200 34 4 14 18 30

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Canada Quebec U17 4th 6 1 1 2 4
2014 Canada IH18 Template:Goca 5 0 1 1 6
Junior totals 11 1 2 3 10

AccoladesEdit

Award Year
CHL
QMJHL All-Rookie Team 2013–14
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Gold Medal 2014
Subway Super Series QMJHL All-Stars 2014
CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game 2015
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