The Acadie-Bathurst Titan, as of now, will be stepping onto the podium for a second time in the opening round of the 2019 QMJHL Draft on Saturday to make the 16th overall selection. This pick, originally belonging to the Mooseheads, was acquired in a trade, along with three other draft choices, that saw Antoine Morand and Jordan Maher sent to Halifax ahead of last year’s draft in Shawinigan.
The only other time Acadie-Bathurst drafted 16th overall they did so in back-to-back years. In 2001 the Titan nabbed blueliner Bruno Gervais who would play three seasons with the team totalling 76 points in 160 games before jumping to the AHL and eventually the NHL in the New York Islanders organization. Gervais was captain of the Titan for the 2002-03 season and was a sixth-round pick of the Islanders in 2003. The following year Jean-Claude Sawyer, also a defenceman, heard his name called by the Titan 16th overall. Sawyer would eventually be traded to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in exchange for a draft pick and never suited up for the Titan.
Three other Titan alumni were also selected with the 16th overall pick. The first was defenceman Gabriel Carle who was drafted by the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in 2005 and later joined the Titan for 31 games in 2006-07. In 2008 the Gatineau Olympiques nabbed Yoan Pinette with the 16th pick and later traded him to Bathurst during the 2010-11 season where he played 31 games. The most recent was Olivier Galipeau who was a Val-d’Or Foreurs draft choice in 2013 and was acquired by the Titan at the Christmas trading period in 2017-18 when they captured the President Cup and the Memorial Cup. He was a key piece of that roster having racked up 57 points in 54 games while wearing the red and gold.
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.