Pascal Laberge battled through adversity last season with a few concussions in a down year, but it looks like he’s back to his old self this season.
The Philadelphia Flyers 2nd round pick from the 2016 draft is off to a good start with the Victoriaville Tigres in the QMJHL. He was held out of Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury, but picked up where he left off after a multi-point weekend a week ago.
Laberge had two points, a goal and an assist, in a 5-4 win on Sunday.
Laberge had a chance in front early in the game, but he was denied.
He kept with it, however, as he got the puck back from the point and made a pass to the slot as he was taken down. Mathieu Sevigny netted the goal and Laberge picked up the assist.
It was a nice assist by the forward. But his goal was better.
Laberge picked off a pass in the defensive zone and skated all the way down to fire a shot past the goalie for a goal.
It was a nice defensive play by Laberge, who then showed off his offense on the shot as well.
He finished the game with those two points, a plus-one rating, and two shots on goal. He now has five points (three goals, two assists) and a plus-three rating in five games this season. That includes a three-game goal streak and a four-game point streak.
Laberge was over a point-per-game player (68 points in 56 games) in his draft year, but only recorded 32 points in 46 games in a injury-ridden season last year. It looks like he’s healthy and ready for another point-per-game campaign this season. Only time will tell.
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