Flyers Prospect Breakdown: Alexis Gendron, RW/C, Leigh Valley Phantoms, AHL

The Player

His father, Martin Gendron played in the NHL. Martin was drafted by the Washington Capitals and played in 30 NHL games for the Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks. After a couple of seasons in the NHL, Martin crossed the pond and played for several clubs in Europe including the Frankfurt Lions, EHC Olten, and HC Bolzano.

 After his playing career, he turned to scouting. He scouts for the Philadelphia Flyers and had previously scouted for the Minnesota Wild. Alexis played bantam hockey for the Lac St-Louis Grenadiers and midget hockey for Collège Charles-Lemoyne Riverains.

 He was selected in the seventh round of the 2019 QMJHL Entry Draft at pick #119 by the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. Gendron made his QMJHL debut the following season. Gendron does an excellent job using the space that is given to him. If he doesn’t have a ton of open ice in front of him to utilize, he will pass underneath the stick blade of the attacker when the attacker tries to close in on him when Gendron is skating into the offensive zone along the boards.

 He will pass underneath the triangle / the stick blade on long-range and short-range passes. In addition to utilizing the space that he is given, his decision-making is quick. If he has a quality passing lane to use, he doesn’t think twice. Gendron is always scanning and looking for good passing lanes to leverage. When driving up the wing and he spots a teammate with more speed coming down centered ice, he will complete a quality feed to that teammate.

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He loves to find passing lanes to the backdoor. But he isn’t picky. Any passing opportunity to high danger is good with Gendron. When he picks up possession of the loose puck behind the net and looks to skate around the net, he looks for potential passing lanes to high danger even very tight ones.

 He won’t get the puck to his teammate every single time, but he is looking for the danger areas. When skating up towards the slot, he looks to pass to high-danger areas. Again, he doesn’t always connect but is looking to pass to open attackers at the doorstep. When facing tight pressure along the boards, he will try behind-the-back long-range passes to the slot.

It doesn’t matter if the pressure is airtight or not, Gendron is looking to get the puck into high danger. In situations with extremely tight pressure, he doesn’t always net a pass completion, but I love that he is trying to get the puck down low.  When looking to shift around an attacker and gain separation to get further into the offensive zone, he will look for the moment in which the attacker extends his stick blade out towards the puck, and then Gendron pushes the puck to the other side. It allows him to move around with ease. 

When on the forecheck, I’d like to see Gendron work on cutting to the inside more consistently when going after loose pucks. You will see him struggle to push past the attacker in tighter battles. He has the speed from his skate extensions that allow him to get into the position to win puck battles, but he just needs to work on pushing in with his upper body toward the attacker’s shoulder to force the attacker to sit on the outside looking in.

Gendron has excellent range on his shot. He can generate snapshot goals from medium danger, deliver wrist shot goals from the perimeter, capitalize at the doorstep after setting himself up at the backdoor and he has good puck manipulation at the crease that forces the goaltender to open gaps for him to use. Gendron gets height on shots from range and transfers his weight over his knee to net the power he needs to rip shots. 

While he does possess a great shot, Gendron works hard to create those goal-scoring opportunities. He does so even when he doesn’t have possession of the puck. For instance, in a late April game against Gatineau, I noticed that he was constantly scanning and looking for an oppositional puck watch. When he sees the opposition puck watching, he skates to the backdoor and no one sees him except for his teammates. 

Projection

In terms of projection, I can see Gendron being effective in a middle-six role at the NHL level. He has the speed and vision to consistently get himself in the right spots in the neutral zone to gain control of the puck and then gain separation from attackers to create a breakaway opportunity or an odd-man rush. On top of that, he has the desire to penetrate the slot with pass after pass to create high-danger opportunities. 

The next step in his development is to become slightly more assertive and physical to get himself in a position to pick up loose pucks when facing an attacker with a bigger build. If Gendron can acquire that assertiveness, he will earn more and more ice time.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

Matt Bednarczyk is your host of Talking Philly Sports With Matty B. He is a proud retired US Army Sergeant First Class, he is also a combat veteran with over 80 months served in Afganistan, and Iraq . Huge Hockey Fan. Matt is a lifelong 4 for 4 Philly sports fan. Born and raised on the Mayfair and Tacony neighborhood lines of Northeast Philly. He brings over 40 years of Philadelphia Sports passion and provides a realistic look at our Major Sports Teams and the most passionate sports fans on the planet. Look for his show live on Edge of Philly Sports.

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