SHAWINIGAN, Que. – The Acadie-Bathurst Titan completed six trades when the QMJHL trade period opened Friday morning. General Manager Sylvain Couturier wasted no time in kick-starting the rebuild following the team’s Memorial Cup and President Cup championships this season.
In the team’s first deal of the day they acquired forward Nick Gosse from the Rimouski Oceanic for a sixth r0und pick in 2020. Gosse is a 2000-born right winger from Paradise, Newfoundland who was originally drafted in the third round, 48th overall, in 2016. The 18-year-old spent the 2017-18 season with the St. John’s Maple Leafs of the NLMMHL where he finished with 36 points in 27 games and added 22 points in 11 playoff games.
The Titan then dealt forwards Antoine Morand and Jordan Maher to the Halifax Mooseheads for the 16th and 43rd overall picks in this year’s draft as well as a 2019 first and 2020 3rd round pick. Morand and Maher were members of the Titan’s Memorial Cup winning roster. Both are former first round picks of Bathurst with Morand being selected second overall in 2015 while Maher was the sixth overall selection in 2014.
Bathurst then sent forward Justin Ducharme and the 16th overall pick to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens for a 2018 4th round pick (#46), a 2019 third round pick, as well as 2020 third and fifth round picks. This move completes the Olivier Galipeau trade from the holiday trading period.
The Titan also completed a sizeable deal with Cape Breton sending Mitchell Balmas to the Screaming Eagles for the ninth overall and 36th overall pick in this year’s draft along with defenceman Ryan MacLellan. Balmas is a native of Sydney, Nova Scotia and was acquired by the Titan from Gatineau in January. MacLellan was a fourth round pick of Cape Breton in 2016 and a former teammate of Titan forward Logan Chisholm when the two won the Telus Cup with the Cape Breton West Islanders last season.
With the ninth overall pick acquired from Cape Breton, the Titan completed a deal with Gatineau sending that pick to the Olympiques with the 14th overall pick as well as the 26th overall pick in the second round. The team also made a minor trade with Quebec as they sent a 2019 fourth round pick to the Remparts for their own 2019 seventh round pick.
The 2018 QMJHL Draft takes place tomorrow, June 2nd at the Centre Gervais Auto in Shawinigan. Follow the Titan on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest news and information throughout the draft.