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The period of the transactions is in full swing in the QMJHL, but it is clear that the Huskies of Rouyn-Noranda, seem to be already risen to the top among the winners of this game behind the scenes and negotiations.
The thing will become even more concrete when the Huskies first in the general classification, will have put the hand on the player most coveted by Noah Dobson, the Titan of Acadie-Bathurst, in a transaction involving the Saguenéens and the purpose of which will be revealed in the next draft. The defender, 18-year-old will join his new team on his return from the junior world Championship. The 18 teams in the circuit Courteau will have until Sunday, noon, to move.
The Huskies have become an example of development in the circuit Courteau while their last season dates back to as far as in 2011-2012. The acquisition of the hope of the New York Islanders will help them greatly in their desire to snatch a second championship playoff in four years. And the head coach and general manager Mario Pouliot has not stopped to this master-stroke, as evidenced by the return of Louis-Filip Côté with the organization that had selected him in the eighth level in 2015.
The Huskies have paid a high price to the Ramparts of Quebec to offer the services of the striker of 19 years, but if he is able to maintain the pace of its outbreak in the first half of the season, Pouliot will rub the hands. It promises for the spring.
Joseph in Drummondville
Already well-off defensively with Nicolas Beaudin, the Voltigeurs have added to the room by the name of Pierre-Olivier Joseph to their puzzle that could allow them to relish the honors for the first time since 2009. The situation of Joseph in Charlottetown was uncertain prior to the opening of markets because of the early season surprise of the Islanders, but the departure of Derek Gentile to the Cape Breton got to know the direction chosen by Jim Hulton and his cronies. An exchange involving Joseph became then imminent. At 19 years old, Joseph is in his last miles in the QMJHL since he already has a contract in his pocket with the Coyotes in Arizona.
It will also need to monitor the folder Shane Bowers, whose rights belong to the Rifle and which is aligned with Boston University in the NCAA. First-round Ottawa Senators in 2017 and then traded to the Colorado Avalanche, the attacker scotian has always turned back to the QMJHL.
What will the Mooseheads and Wildcats ?
The hosts of the next tournament, the Memorial cup, the Halifax Mooseheads have been rather discreet since the 16th of last December. Is this the calm before the storm ? Joël Teasdale, of the Armada, is without a doubt the most interesting available on the market, and his wealth of experience in the playoffs has no price. The hope of the Canadian risk of waiting until the last minute before knowing where he will end the campaign.
In Sea Dogs, the goalkeeper Alex Orio will push the auction up until the day J. Halifax and Moncton seem to be of the destinations possible for this youth, hidden belonging to the Pittsburgh Penguins. And despite the acquisition of Dereck Baribeau, who is also 19 years old, the Drakkar is not ruled out of the portrait.
Speaking of Moncton, the surgical operation that will suffer the Switzerland Simon LeCoultre opens the door to the arrival of a new european player in the locker room the Wildcats. The name of the Slovenian Jan Drozg, Cataracts, flows.
But it should not be forgotten that of Philipp Kurashev, which was named one of the best pointers with the Walls before his departure to the junior world Championship, where it has maintained its momentum. Patrick Roy nice to repeat that the Swiss will complete his career in Quebec to offer a show for the supporters, his value is on the rise and it would accelerate the revival of the team by being traded. There are only fools who do not change of idea !
In the notepad…
- The Wildcats will have to pass the Swiss Simon LeCoultre until the end of the season as he will undergo a surgical operation which will allow him to recover in time for the start of the next campaign. A member of the national training of his country at the world junior Championships, LeCoultre was his third campaign in Moncton. His loss could open the way for the arrival of a new European home of the Wildcats through the trade market.
- In Boisbriand, the guardian , Emile Samson will also move under the knife to cure a shoulder injury, announced the Armada on Thursday, which forced him to be absent for the rest of the season. The porter of 19 years has maintained a yield of 11-11 with an average goals allowed of 3.09 and an efficiency percentage of ,906. The day before, the director-general Pierre Cloutier was the acquisition of goalkeeper Brendan Cregan of the Phoenix of Sherbrooke in return for a choice of the seventh round. Cloutier will have to decide in the folder of its 20 years because there are now four, one more than the allowable limit.
- The Voltigeurs (,735), Mooseheads (,727), the Huskies (,717), the Océanic (,635) and the Phoenix (,627) have been the best five teams in the regular season in 2018 (January to December), according to statistics compiled by the independent journalist Geoffrey Brandow. The Voltigeurs have lost 16 meetings in the regular time during this period.
- What is the story of Yan-Cedric Gaudreault , whose position is now assured until at the end of the season with the Titan. 18-year-old striker Clermont had been acquired of the Armada in return for a choice of the 10th round in 2021. The bet paid off as he has won the confidence of the coach Mario Durocher. Not bad when you consider that he played in the last campaign at Sainte-Foy in the college circuit. The rookie Coke Larkin, aged 16, was also received the same news on Thursday.
The Knights almost spared
The attacker Joshua Roy, of the Knights of Lévis, represents for many the most beautiful hope in anticipation of the next draft of the QMJHL.
Still unbeaten since the start of the League season midget AAA, the Knights of Lévis (30-0-0) should not be too adversely affected by the end of the period of trade in the QMJHL.
Victoriaville Tigers have confirmed on the eve of the celebrations of the New Year as the striker of 17 years, Sammy Paré, end the season in the Bois-Francs, after having amassed four goals and an assist in nine meetings as an affiliated player.
A heavy loss, of course, because Paré was one of the best pointers of the circuit midget AAA with 44 points in 27 matches, but with the exception of the latter, the Knights will retain the same effective. Or almost, according to head coach Mathieu Turcotte.
“We do not expect to lose necessarily of the other players. It has one or two of which one is pending, but the plan is to leave them with us. Everything can change with a phone call. That said, Sammy was made there in its development and I am proud for him “, launched a Turcotte, who was waiting impatiently for the 6th of January, at noon.
The case Veillette
If the Knights are led by striker Joshua Roy, seen by many as the most beautiful hope in anticipation of the next session of selection, their skaters 16 years of age have also greatly helped the team to build up a folder pristine up here and dropping the records one after the other.
Unless a surprise or an exchange involving, Nicholas Daigle (Victoriaville), Charles-Antoine Dumont (Saint John), Olivier Coulombe (Bathurst), Jason Boissonneault (Baie-Comeau) and Alex Falardeau (Cape Breton) will continue their journey in Lévis, but nothing is less sure in the case of William Veillette, who belongs to the Cataracts de Shawinigan, a club in the midst of reconstruction.
Author of 19 goals and 41 points in 22 games, teen, 16-year-old has played five games this season with the cast of Daniel Renaud, including one during the Holiday season. The future movements of the Cataracts will dictate the suite of things for this choice of the second round at the last auction. In Lévis, without saying too much, fingers crossed.
“Veillette is a player extremely important. It is used in all situations and this is one of our leaders, ” observed the pilot of the Knights.
Saguenéens | Center
- Goals | 7
- Aid | 20
- Points | 27
- Differential | +1
Olympic | Center
- Goals | 12
- Aid | 9
- Points | 21
- Differential | +9
750 | On 30 December, the ex-player of the Nordiques Dale Hunter has earned his 750th victory at the helm of the Knights of London in the League of Ontario, becoming the fastest coach in the history of the circuit to reach this plateau, and this, in just over 1100 games.
40 | As of Thursday, 40 transactions had been confirmed by the QMJHL since the opening of the market on the 16th of December. Of this number, 14 have been completed by the Walls and their DG Patrick Roy, or more than a third (35 %) of all movements of staff !
32 | The Olympics are going to withdraw Friday, the jersey – #32 worn by Marc Saumier in his incredible season of 1987-1988. Captain during his only campaign in the Outaouais region, Saumier had collected 166 points on the regular before you add 48 points in the playoffs.