Eagles Francis’ big week earns QMJHL accolades

Ryan Francis watches as the play develops in this 2017 photo. (Healey file photo)

BEAVER BANK: It’s been a big week for Beaver Bank’s Ryan Francis.

The Cape Breton Eagle forward was named the week of Oct. 4 Ultramar Player of the Week in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

In three road games, the 17-year-old sniped home two markers while adding seven assists as the Eastern Conference leading Eagles went 2-1 on the week. The week started with a 9-2 loss to Rimouski, a game which Francis chipped in with an assist.

Cape Breton then picked up a 7-2 win with Francis scoring once and assisting on four others in the victory, before finishing the road trip with a 6-3 win. Francis had a goal and two helpers in the contest. His goal was the eventual game winner.

Francis currently sits in a three-way tie for fifth in QMJHL scoring with 14 points in seven games. His 11 assists are good for a second-place tie overall in the circuit.

The second round pick in 2017, he is already nearing his previous career-high 34 points in one campaign. That occurred in his rookie season in 2017-2018.

In other news, Francis and fellow Eagle Ivan Ivan have been named to the NHL Central Scouting players to watch for the 2020n NHL Draft, scheduled to be held in Montreal, Quebec.

According to EA Sports’ NHL 20 simulation, Francis is projected to go between the fifth and seventh rounds of the draft.