BAIE-COMEAU | In addition to seeing its players return to the ice, the Baie-Comeau Drakkar was active in trade on Monday, completing a transaction with the Drummondville Voltigeurs.
This first barter of the new year saw the executives of the North Shore ship acquire the rights to 17-year-old forward Elliot Lavoie in return for a 2nd round pick (Cape Breton) in 2021 and a 3rd round selection (Val-d’Or) in 2023.
First player listed by the Voltigeurs (the latter did not benefit from a 1st round pick in 2019), Lavoie was a 2nd round selection, the 28th overall in the official auction held in Quebec.
A 6-foot, one-inch, 190-pound skater, the new Viking played three games (1-1-2) in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last year. In ten games this season, he claimed a 0-3-3 record.
“We’ve had an eye on him for a long time. In Lévis, in the Midget AAA, he played at the center of a trio with Julien Hébert and the two players know each other very well, ”commented General Manager Pierre Rioux.
The leader had good words for the native Lévisien. “He is an athlete with a lot of potential who has a good build. At his age, he fits very well in our reconstruction process, ”added the boss of the hockey department.
After exchanging his former captain Nathan Légaré to the Val-d’Or Foreurs at the end of December, the Drakkar is back in charge with this second transaction based on the future of the team.
On the ice, the men of head coach Jean-François Grégoire have officially resumed work on the ice surface of the Henry-Leonard center, after a forced break of a few weeks.
“It feels good to get back into action and everyone was happy to jump on the ice,” summarized Pierre Rioux, who remains on the lookout and always listening to the various options offered by his counterparts in the Courteau circuit.