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The Rumor Mill

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

I would say it’s that time of the year but isn’t alway this time of the year with this team?  There are two prominent trade rumors involving the Lewiston Maineiacs.

The first one involves Garrett Clarke heading to the Halifax Mooseheads.  Now I first heard this rumor in late April.  I knew nothing but Clarke name heading to Halifax.  Talking with a few people, it seems Clarke was unhappy in Lewiston and the team was unhappy about his play.

Willy Pavalov of the Halifax Chronicle is reporting one aspect of the information I’ve been told.   

It seems Clarke, 17, wasn’t happy in Lewiston and asked for a trade at the end of the season. A former Windsor area resident, Clarke’s preferred destination was obviously Halifax.

Now a 19 year old forward and a seventh round pick doesn’t seem a whole lot in return for a former first rounder and a potential first rounder in the 2011 NHL draft?  The only problem is the Maineiacs have no leverage in the deal.  If all accounts are correct, Clarke asked to be traded and his value goes down.

The Maineiacs are taking the Bill Belichick school of thought and not commenting on the situation, unless a trade has been made. 

The second trade rumor involves Danick Paquette, Patrick Cusack, Dominic Savoie, and Peter Delmas heading to the Remparts.  RDS first reported it today.  I think everyone believes Paquette is a gone from the Lewiston Maineiacs.

I find this rumor very intriguing in the whole Patrick Roy taking a position with the Colorado Avalanche saga.  My thought is he might not be getting the job, yet.   With Delmas’ struggles last season wouldn’t the Avalanche want Roy to work with him one on one all year long?  I also think Roy can keep Paquette in line.  Maybe Ray Bourque takes an assistant coaches position to learn the ropes this season.  The Denver Post reported Bourque will take Roy’s coaching duties in Quebec.

Bourque has held an assistant coaching job when his sons, Chris and Ryan, were at Cushing Academy.  I believe he was also a consultant to the Bruins coaching staff a few years ago.

By the way, the Remparts would send defenseman Samuel Carrier and forward Sébastien Trudeau the Maineiacs way.  High draft picks would be also involved according to RDS.

Carrier had four goals and five assists in 56 games as a 16-year-old.  Trudeau, a 17-year-old, had 19 goals and 22 assists in 68 games.  This would be a good rebuilding move for the team.  Okay, the stats don’t jump out, but these were young kids on an experience Remparts squad.  They were at the bottom of the depth chart which means less ice time.  If they come to Lewiston, there will be more ice time and the stats should jump up.

15 days.  That’s when the draft takes place and deals can happen.

Update: As I just finished this post, I notice Justin Pelletier is reporting the deal is confirmed involving Paquette, Delmas, Cusack and Savoie.

That’s My Take

(Nathan also covers the Maineiacs for the Maine Hockey Journal. He also started the World of Junior Hockey. His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

More Moves

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2009 by Nathan Fournier

Last Tuesday night after the Gatineau Olympiques game, Ed Harding wouldn’t tip Justin Pelletier and I off if a move was imminent.  News came out Friday that the Lewiston Maineiacs have signed Adrien Lemay a goaltender from the Nipawin Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL).

His stats were 13-11 with a 3.44 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.  From my quick math, he appeared in 28 games (4 games he didn’t record a decision) and has seen an average of 33.9 shots a night.

He looked pretty decent on Saturday night.  He made key saves in the first period and kept the team in it.  The fourth goal was soft but that was the only mistake he made.

Before yesterday’s game, Saint John radio announcer mentioned a trade would come down today in Rimouski.  He was right as they traded defenseman Alexandre Néron to the Rimouski Oceanic for a 2009 1st round pick.  They also picked up blueliner Jason Demers from the Victoriaville Tigres.

The biggest move of the day has been the Shawinigan Cataractes picking up Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Alex Grant.  In return the Sea Dogs picked up Danick Gauthier, a 2nd round pick in 2009, and a 1st round pick in 2010.

He was the first ever selection of the Sea Dogs in 2005.  It’s a great pick up for the Cataractes.  Now what dos Drummondville Voltigeurs do to respond?  Both teams are battling it out for the Telus  Central Divisional Crown.  Shawinigan has 66 points and Drummondville has 65 points.

As I just posted this the Sea Dogs traded defenseman Pascal Amyot and their 1st round Import Draft to the Halifax Mooseheads for Halifax’s 1st pick in the Import Draft in 2009 and a 4th round selection in 2010.

3:30pm: The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies trade to the Rimouski Océanic Marc-André Bourdon, Matthew Dopud and Justin MacNaughton.

In return, the Rimouski Océanic trades to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies the 1st round pick (acquired from Québec) of 2009, their 2nd round pick of 2009, the 3rd round pick (acquired from Québec) of 2009, their 7th round pick of 2009, their 1st round pick of 2010 and their 4th round pick of the 2010 entry draft.

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan trades to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles  Brad Tesink.

In return, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles trade to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan Olivier Dame-Malka.

Two Additions

The Maineiacs will get two blueliners back as Denis Reul is returning from the World Junior Championships in Ottawa. Garrett Clarke is returning from the World Under-17 Challenge that was held in British Columbia. Both players will be flying in tomorrow (Monday). Ed Harding is unsure if they will be in the line up on Tuesday night. “Garrett has a little longer haul back then Denis but we will see what kind of shape they are in.”

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal. His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

Gelinas to the Top Prospects Game

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

The CHL announced the rosters for the 2009 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game today.  The Lewiston Maineiacs are represented again this year as defenseman Eric Gelinas will be heading to Oshawa, Ontario on January 13th.

The 17-year-old defenseman has 6 goals and 16 assists in 35 games this season.

Other QMJHL players invited include Olivier Roy (Cape Breton), David Gilbert (Quebec), Dmitry Kulikov (Drummondville), Simon Despres (Saint John), Charles-Olivier Roussel (Shawinigan), Philippe Paradis (Shawinigan), and Jordan Caron (Rimouski).

The way that Gelinas is playing, he’s a second round pick.  I think a good showing at the Top Prospects and possible selection to the Under-18 in early April will put in the late 1st round or in the early second round come June.

In alumni news, Alexandre Picard was recalled by the Columbus Blue Jackets today.

Tidbits Around the Q

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

The QMJHL has announced this weeks Telus Players of the Week.  Matthew Pistilli of the Shawinigan Cataractes had six goals and four assists in three games this past week.  His teammate Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll also had a big week.  He also had ten points and was also considered for the award.

So far the Cataractes have scored 78 goals this season which is first in the league.  Out of the contenders, Rimouski has 47 goals scored, Quebec has 48, and Saint John has 44.  You would think the goals would be higher for these teams.  Moncton has 52 goals, Drummondville has 58, Victoriaville also has 58, and Cape Breton has 61 goals.  Offense has proven to win games in the regular season as every team except for Victoriaville is either first or second their division.

In the playoffs, it’s how many you stop that matters.  The Wildcats and the Remparts are leading the way.  Nicola Riopel is not on the same plant as everyone else.   He has a 10-0-1 record with a 1.53 goals against average and a .943 save percentage.  I thought the Remparts would struggle in net but they have only allowed 28 goals in 12 games.  Charles Lavigne is 7-1 with a 2.55 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.  Even Jonathan Roy has been solid.  He’s 4-0 with a 1.75 goals against average and a .941 save percentage.  Which team will keep this pace up?  Which team will fall back down to reality?

Speaking of defense, Simon Lacroix of the Shawinigan Cataractes was named the Defensive Player of the Week.  He had nine points including four goals in three contests.  He also maintained a +4.  Timo Pielmeier his teammate was also considered.

The Drummondville Voltigeurs continue to add talent.  The Gatineau Olympiques sent twenty-year-old defenseman Patrick Prokop to Drummondville.  In return, Gatineau receives a sixth round pick in 2009 and a third round selection in 2010.   Prokop hasn’t played yet this season.

The Saint John Sea Dogs have signed left winger Alexei Dostoinov who was just was released by the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League last week.

Stephen Horyl, Lewiston’s eighth round pick in 2007 has been named to Team Canada East’s roster for the World Junior “A” Challenge that will be held in Camrose, Alberta.  That tournament will be held from November 2nd-November 8th.  He didn’t participate in training camp this year.  With the Truro Bearcats this season, he has nine goals and ten assists.  Pierre-Luc Lacombe is also named to the team.  He was a 2006 12th round selection of the Val d’Or Foreurs.  Jordan Escott a sixth round selection of the Prince Edward Island Rocket was also named to the team.

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

Surprises So Far

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

(Last Night I was a guest on The Pipeline Show to preview the QMJHL Season.  Here’s the interview.

Well we’re through two weekends in the QMJHL season and there have been some surprises so far.  Even though many of the teams are still missing players but did anyone expect the Moncton Wildcats, the Drummondville Voltigeurs or the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles to be undefeated?  Another surprise is Samson Mahbod of Drummondville having ten points already when his career high is 23 points.

I expect the Moncton Wildcats to be good and be a team that will be on the verge of making the playoffs in March.   They had no problem defeating the Prince Edward Island Rocket 8-2 in their opening game and defeating Val d’Or 7-2.  They already have 21 goals in four games and last year they only scored 191 goals last year.  Ted Stephens and Scott Brannon both have eight points to lead the team.  It should be interesting how this team does when they come to town on Friday.

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles could be a team to watch out.  They are off to that scorching start by winning their first five games.  I am not surprised they haven’t lost but how long will this last?  You look at their roster, no one really stands out.  Will they be buyers come the winter trade period?  They have three standout twenty-year-olds but after that it’s up in the air.  This team will need to jump on the back of Olivier Roy who has played fabulous in net.  He’s 4-0, with a 2.51 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.

The real surprise has been the Drummondville Voltigeurs.  This team has acquired some talent through trades and the Import Draft.  Samson Mahbod has been on a few teams in this league.  He already has ten points including six goals.  His career high is 23 points last season with the Voltigeurs.  How about rookie defenseman Dmitry Kulikov who has stepped right in and has two goals and five assists.  Dany Masse and Yannick Riendeau are also off to a hot start.  The only question is will the goaltending hold up.  Antoine Tardif’s goals against average is pretty good but his save percentage is very low at .873.  If the offense has a night off, can they rely on their goaltending?

Another team that wasn’t suppose to contend this season is the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.  They have recorded a point in every game so far.  Their record is 3-0-1-0.  The leaders have been their twenty-year-olds Tomy Joly and Spencer Jezegou who each have five points.  The offense hasn’t been lighting it up but Nicolas Champion has been lights out in goal.  He has the Titan three wins, allowing only 1.74 goals per game and stopping .937 save percentage.

It’s only been two weeks but the season has already seen surprises.  Two weeks from now, Quebec, Rimouski, Saint John, and Shawinigan will off and running when their top players from NHL training camps.   Columbus Day will be a good indicator where these teams really stand.

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog” and is a contributor to the Maine Hockey Journal His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)

2008-09: Season Six

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2008 by Mike Haggett

This is the sixth season of MAINEiacs hockey now. Six. Seems like yesterday when then GM Norm Gosselin of the then Sherbrooke Castors unveiled the new team name and logo at a press conference in February of 2003. That day, which was officially day one of Lewiston QMJHL history, seems in some ways like yesterday, and an eternity at the same time. For a team some league fans dubbed the next Plattsburgh ( a Q team in NY that folded after 17 games), the MAINEiacs are doing quite well. Lewy’s dealt with the bumps and bruises quite well over the years.

It’s that time of the year where the media pundits around the league are scrambling around making their predicitions of where teams are going to end up. Looking around the league messageboards, most fans have their team at the top or in better positions than what will likely be the case. Coaches are going on record that they are going to be competitive, the games all have to be played, it’s not over ’til it’s over, and yadda, yadda, yadda… all the typical media shmooze that fans want to hear and read about. You won’t see or hear a GM or a coach get in front of the microphone and say, “Oh yeah, we’re going to suck this year and don’t bother to pay to see this crap,” although some fans are going to look at their clubs come December and wish there was truth in advertising. (see also: Maple Leafs, Toronto; perpetual rebuilding)

Here is some truth in advertising for the 2008-09 version of the Lewiston MAINEiacs: Just watch.

I know, some of you are thinking, ‘Just watch? What in the H-E-double hockey sticks are you talking about, just watch ?!?!” No, really…watch, and watch closely.

The cornerstones of the future run are here. D Garrett Clarke, C Michael Chaput & LW Etienne Brodeur are more knowns as first round picks, but keep an eye G Jonathan Connely. From more than a couple of sources outside of the team, Connely may prove to be the best goaltender taken in the 2008 draft, despite falling all the way to late in the 5th round. Watch C Steeven Jacques, who could prove to be the late round gem in the new class. While newly drafted Slovakian C Filip Janosik was a little slow out of the gate in camp, expect his comfort level to improve the more acclimated he gets with the country and the language.

The questions out of the gate are numerous. Here are my top 5:

  1. Danick Paquette: Will the 18 year-old captain be able to keep his composure and stay out of the penalty box?
  2. Peter Delmas: With Jonathan Bernier gone, will the second round draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche emerge to be a bonafide top goalie in the league?
  3. Team toughness: With Brett Gallant saying thanks but no thanks, just how physically vulnerable are the MAINEiacs? Grit is certainly with this team, but is grit enough?
  4. Ed Harding: With only 5 players remaining from the 2007 championship club, this is essentially Harding’s team now. Does he have the right players in order to respond to his coaching style?
  5. Sean Stagles: With 19 year-old rookies a rarity in the league, will Stagles be able to get adjusted to the speed of the Q and make a solid contribution as a puck moving defenseman?

Make no bones about it, I love the way this club sets up for this year and beyond. While we’ll hear the typical ‘We compete to win it all every year’ line from Harding, reality is this is the year of the Rimouski Oceanic andn Quebec Remparts. Pending on where Lewiston finishes in March will dictate how far they go before running into one of those two buzzsaws in the postseason. The club in it’s present form is very capable of finishing second in the Telus Central. The Drummondville Voltigeurs may start fairly strong and be second come December, but after they sell off the newly acquired Yannick Riendeau among other older assets, I expect the traditional post-Christmas fade. The Victoriaville Tigres will be, well, not very good, and is a strong bet to finish last in the division. The Shawinigan Cataractes -should- finish at the top, but stranger things have happened in forty years of disappointment in the Saint Maurice river region.

Buckle your season belts and get ready… this is going to be a fun season.

League Preview: The Telus East Division

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 8, 2008 by Nathan Fournier

The Telus East Division has two dominant forces; the Rimouski Oceanic and the Quebec Remparts are the class of the Division.  The Oceanic have been looking forward to the 2008-2009 season since the 2006 Midget Draft where they had four of the top ten picks.  They have the 2009 Memorial Cup in their sights, as they are hosting the tournament next May.

On the other hand, the Quebec Remparts have made their moves through trades. Days before the 2008 Draft, they acquired one of the premiere defenseman in this league in Kevin Marshall.  They weren’t done when they traded away Angelo Esposito to the Montreal Juniors.  In return, they got Jean-Simon Allard.

He had 16 goals last season.

The Chicoutimi Sagueneens will be competitive but don’t expect them to fight for the Divisional Crown.  They have traded away Bobby Nadeau who was their starting goalie last year where he put up very good numbers.

The Baie-Comeau Drakkar was one of the elite teams in the Telus Division last year.  They were stunned in the first round by the Rimouski Oceanic.  They are losing some big pieces from last year’s team.

Rimouski Oceanic

2007-2008 Season:
33-36-1-0 (7th in the Telus Division)

Off-Season Additions:
Sébastien Piche (From Rouyn-Noranda), Maxim Gougeon (From Rouyn-Noranda), Luca Cunti (Import Selection)

Off-Season Subtractions: Maxime Gratchev

Players That Aged Out: Francois Bolduc, Sebastien Bernier, and Michael Frolik (AHL)

Philippe Cornet, Patrice Cormier, and Jordan Caron only combined for 61 goals and 133 points last season but this year will be their breakout year.  They will all be 18-year-olds this coming season.  Expect those numbers to jump up.  Add their Import selection, Luca Cunti, who’s also an offensive force.  He played with the Chicago Steel last season where he lit the lamp 11 times and added 21 helpers in 34 contests.  He only played half of the season because he couldn’t clear NCAA Clearinghouse to join St. Cloud State.  No one player will carry the offensive load but it won’t be scoring by committee either.

Sébastien Piche has been a valued commodity in this league the last few years.  He was one of the key to the Maineiacs success two years ago when they went to the Memorial Cup.  At the trade deadline the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies re-acquired him for their playoff push from Shawinigan.  He was drafted by the Huskies and was traded by the Maineiacs to Shawinigan during training camp last summer.  Alexandre Neron led the Rimouski defense last year with 10 goals and 34 assists.  Emmanuel Boudreau also had a solid year with 6 goals an 25 points.

Maxim Gougeon was on a bad team for most of last season (Drummondville).  When he was traded to the Huskies, his goals against average went down slightly.  With the defense in front of him, he should have a very good season.

Prediction: 1st in the Telus East

Quebec Remparts

2007-2008 Season: 38-28-1-3 (5th in the Telus Division)

Off-Season Additions:
Kevin Marshall (From Lewiston), Jean-Simon Allard (From Montreal), Charles Lavigne (From Moncton), Guillaume Monast (From Halifax), Benjamin Breault (From Baie-Comeau), Samuel Carrier (1st Round Pick), Dmitri Kugryshev (Import Selection)

Off-Season Subtractions:
Angelo Esposito (To Montreal), Vincent Bourgeois (To Montreal), Benjamin LaConte (To Rouyn-Noranda), Dominik Bohac (To Rouyn-Noranda), Loic Boivin (To Victoriaville), Phillipe-Louis Lacroix (To PEI), Felix Petit (To Baie-Comeau)

Players That Aged Out: Pierre Bergeron, Maxime Lacroix and Kevin Desfosses

On offense, they have Kelsey Tessier coming back.  He led the team with 81 points including 36 goals.  He should continue to be a top offensive contributor this season.  Jean-Simon Allard offensive production will have to replace Esposito’s and Petit’s production.  Allard suffered a jaw injury in training camp and will be out a few weeks.  Mikhail Stefanovich needs to put together a full season.  He had a strong first half last season but fizzled at the end. David Gilbert showed some promise after he was acquired in the Brad Marchand trade.  Dmitri Kugryshev has had a good preseason so far with two goals and two assists in one game.

Defensively, Kevin Marshall steps in as the number one defenseman.  With the Lewiston Maineiacs last season, he had 11 goals and 24 assists.  He also had 143 penalty minutes.  Mikael Tam had a very good rookie year with 11 points and 106 penalty minutes.  Samuel Groulx also had a solid sophomore campaign with 25 points.  His five goals were tied for first among the defenseman on the team.

The weakness on this team is the goaltending which is ironic with Hall of Fame Goaltender Patrick Roy as their Head Coach.  Charles Lavigne is a 20-year-old and was decent on a bad Moncton Wildcats team last season but the other goalies in camp have no QMJHL experience.

Prediction: 2nd in the Telus East

Chicoutimi Saguenéens

2007-2008 Season: 37-25-2-6 (4th in the Telus Division)

Off-Season Additions: Francis Boulianne (From Val d’Or), David Bouchard (From Halifax), Nicolas Therrien (From Lewiston), and Michal Hlinka (Import Selection)

Off-Season Subtractions: Jean-Daniel Turgeon, Bobby Nadeau, and Maxime Provencher

Players That Aged Out: Francis Pare, Francis Verreault-Paul, and Bryan Wilson

The offense is young, after Pare’s 102 points last year, Nicolas Deschamps 67 points was second on the team.  The second round selection of the Anaheim Ducks can’t have a sophomore slump for this team to have offensive success.  Jacob Lagace also had a very good year with 62 points.  Deschamps and Lagace will be a one-two punch to keep and eye out the next two seasons. Joel Champagne will have to add a little more offense.

On defense, Kirill Tulupov is a defensive defenseman that likes to hit.  He had 2 goals and 13 assists between Victoriaville and Chicoutimi.  He will have something to prove after the New Jersey didn’t sign him this summer.  He’s now a NHL free agent.  Mathieu Bolduc and Sebastien Rioux are also very good puck moving defenseman in the QMJHL.  Both players had nine goals.  Bolduc had 23 assists and Rioux had 27 assists.

Francois Levesque will take care of the goaltending duties for the Sagueneens.  Nadeau was shipped to the Prince Edward Island Rocket this summer.  The back up situation will be interesting.

Prediction: 3rd in the Telus East

Baie-Comeau Drakkar

2007-2008 Season: 45-19-4-2 (2nd in the Telus Division)

Off-Season Additions: Felix Petit (From Quebec), Olivier Tremblay (From Montreal), Marek Benda (From Cape Breton), Michael Trudel (From Drummondville), Tommy Samson (From Val d’Or), Jesse Cere (From Val d’Or), and Radovan Pulis (Import Selection)

Off-Season Subtractions: Mathieu Leclaire (To Rouyn-Noranda) and Benjamin Breault (To Quebec)

Players That Aged Out: Francois Bouchard (Could come back but is AHL bound.), Marc-Andre Dorion, Matt Marquardt and Jean-Philip Paquet

Baie-Comeau missed its chance last season when they were bounced out of the playoffs by the Rimouski Oceanic in the first round.  The graduation of Francois Bouchard to the AHL, will hurt the team offensively.  The addition of Felix Petit will offset the departure of Benjamin Breault but they don’t have that elite player like Bouchard was.  Samuel Morneau will have to have a big year, as a 17-year-old, he had 42 points.  That will have to increase for this team to battle with Rimouski and Quebec.

Pierre-Luc Lessard will lead the blue line crew this season as a 20-year-old.  He had 2 goals and 14 assists after he was acquired from the PEI Rocket.  As a draft pick of the Ottawa Senators, he could be heading to the AHL also.  Overall the defense is pretty young as a group.  It looks like next year will be the year that they blossom.

In the pipes, Marco Cousineau had a solid sophomore season in goal.  He had 2.81 goals against average, and a .903 save percentage.  He also had 34 wins and 19 losses on the season.  The Anaheim Ducks selected him in the third round in the 2008 NHL Draft.  They added Marek Benda from Cape Breton to be their back-up.  He was outplayed by Olivier Roy last season but will be a serviceable back-up.

Prediction: 4th in the Telus East

That’s My Take

(Nathan also started “The World of Junior Hockey Blog.”  His email is fourniern@students.nescom.edu.)