A lot of people felt underwhelmed when the Flyers selected Elliot Desnoyers in the fifth round of this year’s draft, and now those people are feeling very, very silly.
For the second time this season, Desnoyers scored four goals in a single game for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Facing off against the Charlottetown Islanders on Friday, Desnoyers buried a goal just 22 seconds into the game to give Halifax the early lead. He followed it up with another goal late in the opening frame and completed the hat trick early in the middle stanza.
His best tally of the night came in the third period, though. With the contest tied at four goals apiece, Desnoyers scored his fourth marker of the evening with 36 seconds remaining in regulation, allowing the Mooseheads to seal the 5-4 victory.
This four-goal outburst comes less than two full weeks after netting four against the Cape Breton Eagles in late October. Desnoyers now ranks second in the QMJHL in goals (10) and third in points (17) while leading the Mooseheads in just about every major statistical category.
Desnoyers managed just 11 goals last season, and now he’s only one score away from setting a new personal record with the majority of the QMJHL season still to play.
Don’t get too excited, but it certainly appears the Flyers may have found something in Desnoyers.