QMJHL teams are starting to take shape with the scramble of trades in the last few days, concluding with a flurry of activity Monday. The biggest news was who hasn’t moved.
Nicolas Roy, first overall pick of the most recent QMJHL entry draft, is sitting back in Amos, Que., awaiting a trade to a team closer to home. The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, the team who picked him, haven’t pulled the trigger on a deal to send the talented youngster to a Quebec team, and both team and player have been mum on the subject.
“There’s no new development,” Marc-André Dumont told the Chronicle Herald. “We’re still working the same scenario. We want him on our team.”
Roy and his family have repeatedly said they will not do schooling by correspondence. Monday was the deadline for registration for CEGEP courses. If Roy was moved to a Quebec team, he could register for CEGEP locally and take his schooling in Quebec.
Roy has not reported to Screaming Eagle training camp, and is not listed among the Cape Breton invitees.
The Screaming Eagles were active Monday, making four deals.
They acquired wingers Francis Brunelle and Etienne Lavoie from the Victoriaville Tigres, in exchange for forward Nick Marois. Marois spent time with Cape Breton as a 16-year-old last season.
They acquired the recently-cut right winger Jamie MacIntyre and a fifth round pick in 2015 from the Quebec Remparts for center Zachary Moody, and then they got another fifth rounder, this one in 2014, shipping blueliner Keven Larouche to the Val-d’Or Foreurs.
They also acquired defenceman Jeremy Beaudry from the Remparts for a third round pick in 2014.
In other deals, the Gatineau Olympiques acquired another first round pick Monday, this one from the Charlottetown Islanders.
The Olympiques sent Kameron Kielly, a former first rounder and Charlottetown native, and two picks in 2015 to the Islanders in exchange for Alexandre Chenier-Allard, a first and a fourth rounder in 2014.
Gatineau sent forward Kelly Bent to the Saint John Sea Dogs for an eighth rounder in 2015. They also shipped Alexandre Duckett-Dufresne and two picks to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada for two 17-year-olds, Elie Bérubé and Antony Clément.
Charlottetown wasn’t done with the Kielly deal. They sent overage forward Victor Provencher to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens for a second and a third round pick, and acquired Charles-Olivier Lajoie for a fifth rounder last Friday.
Saturday, they acquired defenceman Julien Leduc from Blainville-Boisbriand for two picks, including a third rounder in 2015, and on Sunday they got defenceman Guillaume Rioux-Legault from the Foreurs with a swap of picks.
Monday, the Islanders sent Beau Rusk to the Rimouski Oceanic for an eighth rounder, and sent Charles Lapointe to the Drummondville Voltigeurs for no compensation.
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan acquired a solid overage defender Monday. They acquired blueliner Lucas Grundy and Mathieu Leclerc from Rimouski for Doney Gibson and two picks. The Titan also sent Gabriel Labbé to the Sherbrooke Phoenix for a tenth rounder.
Quebec was also very active on the trade front Monday. Along with the Cape Breton deals, they acquired overage forward JC Campagna from the Shawinigan Cataractes for a sixth rounder. They also sent left winger Frédéric Bergeron to the Armada for a fifth round pick. On Sunday, they sent Raphaël Maheux and a pick to the Cataractes for a second round pick in 2014.
Shawinigan shored up their goaltending situation, acquiring netminder Storm Phaneuf from the Armada for a fourth round pick. Phaneuf was originally Cataractes property when he broke into the league in 2011-12, then was traded to the Armada in October of 2011 in a deal that sent Kirill Kabanov to the Cataractes. League rules dictate that players can only return to a team that traded them if they spend more than a year with the other team.
The Moncton Wildcats acquired Kyle Tibbo from the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies for a ninth round pick, and the Halifax Mooseheads got Kevin Darveau in exchange for a twelfth rounder.
In another deal Friday, Chicoutimi sent Nicolas Dumulong and Alexandre Roy to Drummondville for a second round pick.
At the start of the month, forward Francis Beauvillier, defenceman Jimmy Oligny and goaltender Eric Brassard switched teams. Beauvillier went to Shawinigan in exchange for two second round picks. Oligny was sent to Rimouski for a first and a fourth round pick in 2014, and Brassard went to Charlottetown for a fifth rounder.