Gatineau-bound overage Marc-Olivier Brouillard averaged more than a point per game last season (The Canadian Press)
Nineteen players changed addresses during the QMJHL entry draft held in Chicoutimi, Que., Saturday as teams began to understand a little more clearly what they have heading into next season.
The draft is one of three trading periods in the QMJHL season where the exchange of active players is allowed. 24 trades were two more than last season’s draft, and 19 players was seven more than 2012.
The biggest trade in terms of sheer volume was a trade between the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and the Gatineau Olympiques. The Titan acquired forwards Adam Chapman and Alexandros Soumakis and four draft picks: a first, sixth and seventh rounder in 2013, and a third round pick in 2015. The Olympiques received forward Marc-Olivier Brouillard and five picks: a first and fifth rounder this year, second rounders in 2014 and 2015 and a fifth round pick in 2015.
Chapman, 19, had 54 points, with 19 goals in 66 games for the Olympiques last season. He added two points in 10 games in the playoffs. Soumakis, 19, was injured most of the season, chipping in with a pair of assists in 11 games last year, and an assist in four games in the playoffs. Both players will provide solid offensive depth for the Titan next season.
Brouillard, 20, split the 2012-13 season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs and the Titan. He had 27 points in 27 games for the Titan after the trade, and had 39 points in 33 games with Drummondville. He had three points in four games in the playoffs. Brouillard is a good top-six forward who plays with a bit of an edge and a pest quality on the ice, who will be a fan favourite in Gatineau.
The other big trade Saturday was an all-Maritime affair. The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles sent forwards Zach Beaton and Sébastien Lemieux and a ninth round pick to the Charlottetown Islanders for overage goaltender Maxime Lagacé and an eighth round pick. Beaton, 18, and Lemieux, 17, appeared sparingly in the Cape Breton lineup last season.
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