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New York Islanders Take Forward William Dufour in Fifth Round of NHL Draft

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William Dufour

William Dufour was selected by the New York Islanders 152nd overall on Wednesday and was the third forward that the Isles selected in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Dufour is two games into the 2020-21 QMJHL season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs and has already put up three points. The Voltigeurs are Dufour’s third junior team in the previous two seasons, having been drafted by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and then moved to Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

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The Sagueneens sent Dufour to the Voltigeurs last season. Dufour had 18 goals and 33 points in 28 games with Drummondville during the 2019-20 season.

The 6’3,” 201 lbs forward was ranked 69th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting and 83rd by Future Considerations. TSN’s Craig Button had Dufour ranked 98th and EliteProspects.com ranked the big forward 100th.

EliteProspects.com described his game as follows:

“When the puck touches his stick in the offensive zone, its next stop is the net and quite often the back of it. Dufour surprises goalies by aiming low. Plus, his blade remains closed until the moment of the release, hiding his intended placement.”

Dufour was the third pick the Islanders made in the 2020 NHL Draft. They did not have a selection in the first two rounds.

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