2024 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Miguel Marques

Miguel Marques, Lethbridge Hurricanes (Photo: Erica Perreaux)
Miguel Marques, Lethbridge Hurricanes (Photo: Erica Perreaux)

The Scouting Report:

Miguel Marques, 18, out of Prince George, British Columbia, is a versatile right-shot forward, listed just under 6-foot-0 and clocks in 172 pounds. The Lethbridge Hurricanes’ product exudes confidence, he led the club in scoring during his draft year, putting up 28 goals and 46 assists for 74 points in 66 games, a huge boost from his rookie season.

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Draft Projections

Ranked #49 by Inside The Rink
Ranked #53 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #61 by TSN/BOB McKENZIE
Ranked #60 by Daily Faceoff

Conrad Jack of Inside The Rink has Miguel Marques projected at 49th overall

Diving Deeper:

Marques is not your typical streaky goalscorer, he has found a way to balance his game in ways even some current NHL players struggle with. He has perfect control between patience and pace with a motor that can seemingly run forever but knows when to cut back to reset or feed a trailing teammate.

SEQ: Speed, Endurance, IQ

Marques can create time and space rather easily, he knows when to be aggressive or step back and readjust. He slows down play, forcing defenders to come to him and make a costly error then pounce and get around resulting in more zone time and control. There is no stopping Marques, once he gets going it is hard to turn him off. He never runs out of gas, with the endurance to go a full 60 minutes. Mixed in with his unreal hockey IQ, Marques is the full package, both mentally and physically.

Shot Utilization

He is a very skilled shooter, he regularly finds the best opening rather than forcing a shot into a netminder’s chest. Marques is a solid power forward with a high IQ and a great release, he can quickly shoot the puck through traffic to create rebound opportunities or sneak one past the goaltender. Not only thrives with his sickly hands and keen shot but his strong and overwhelming forechecking creates turnovers left and right.

On-Ice Abilities:

IQ, Physically, Intelligent

Something else that stands out when watching Marques is his willingness to play a physical style while trying to get under the opponent’s skin. He can use his intelligence to change the momentum of a game, either by creating offensive chances or throwing a massive hit.

Prospect Potential:

Marques is a skilled player who has been a strong middle-six winger in the NHL, playing the game with a lot of pace. He is a high-octane forechecker who creates a ton of turnovers. 

*All player statistics and draft rankings courtesy of eliteprospects.com

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