The 2019 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft takes place Saturday, June 8th at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Quebec. For the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, this year’s draft is an important step in the current rebuilding process. The Titan hold two first round picks in the same draft for the fifth time in franchise history. They previously held two or more first round selections in 2000, 2003, 2008, and 2013.
At the 2000 draft Michael Tessier, Michael Lambert, and Nicolas Laplante were selected third, fifth, and 15th respectively. Marc-Andre Cote and Mathieu Carle were the Titan’s 11th and 14th overall selections in 2003 while Vincent Arseneau and Stefan Fournier were taken with picks 11 and 17 at the 2008 draft. In 2013 Acadie-Bathurst selected Guillaume Brisebois with the 5th pick before snagging Christophe Boivin at #14.
As of now the Titan are expected to take the stage for the first time to make the 11th overall selection, a position they have held twice before. That pick was part of the deal that sent defenceman Noah Dobson to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. In 2003 the Titan selected forward Marc-Andre Cote with pick #11. The Montreal, Quebec native spent two seasons in Bathurst from 2003 to 2005 notching 72 points in 130 games.
The second time the Titan drafted at #11 was in 2008 when they took forward Vincent Arseneau in the opening round. The Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec product went on to play three full seasons in Bathurst and two more with the Shawinigan Cataractes totalling 108 points in 294 games in the QMJHL before moving on to the pro ranks.
As well, two Titan alumni were drafted 11th overall by other QMJHL teams. Danny Groulx was selected by the Val-d’Or Foreurs in 1997 before being traded to Bathurst midway through the 1998-99 season. The other was Jonathan Ferland who was a Moncton Wildcats pick in 1999 but was later moved to the Titan ahead of the 2000-01 campaign. He spent three seasons in the Chaleur region where he posted 200 points in 245 games.
Follow the Titan on social media all day long this Saturday, June 8th for full coverage of the 2019 QMJHL Draft from the Videotron Centre.