Rounding up the Olympiques 2012-13 Season

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Good day all,
Here is my review of this past season for the Gatineau Olympiques

First of all, The Gatineau Olympiques completed some trades in order to obtain 20-year-old forward Marc-Olivier Brouillard (194 GP, 60G, 115P, 175pts, 215PIMs) and 18-year-old Vincent Dunn-Cholette (109 GP, 30G, 35P, 65 pts, 192 PIM). Broullard is the type of player that can bring some grit although only 5’09 he is never afraid to battle for the puck. He has a good offensive flair as well as being an in-your-face type player, a great addition in my opinion. Dunn-Cholette is a young power forward who loves the physical play, goes deep into the zone, finishes his checks and well as loves to irritate the opponents. He also has a nice offensive flair; he loves to compare his gameplay to Brad Marchand, in your face type of player.

Then came the QMJHL Entry Draft. The Olympiques selected Alexandre Alain, who is said to be a great two-way forward that works hard on every shift and with their second first round pick,they chose Alex Dostie, small time forward who plays with a lot of character and determination on the ice, does not shy away from the physical play. Here are the other selected players in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft for Gatineau: Pascal Aquin, Felix Gagnon, Max Prawdzik, Curtis Scale, Ryan Coughlin, Tommy Lapierre, Lawrence Lyver, Benjamin Freeman, Joel Giguere and Alexandre Bolduc.

After the draft, Gatineau added a free agent goaltender,  Anthony Brodeur, Martin Brodeur’s 18-year-old son. They also have had some changes in coaching staff, Mr. Guy Lalonde took his retirement after many years coaching in the “Q” and have promoted Eric Landry to 1st assistant coach and added Martin Lafleur as 2nd assistant coach.

NHL Draft:

The Olympiques had a few players eligible for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft such as Emile Poirier, Taylor Burke (2nd year), Mickael Beauregard, Martin Reway and newcomers Vincent Dunn-Cholette and Anthony Brodeur.

After an outstanding 2nd half of the season and playoffs, forward Emile Poirier surprised everyone after being chosen 22nd overall by the Calgary Flames, although being ranked 39th overall by the central scouting services.

Martin Reway followed with being drafted by the Montreal Canadians in the 4th round 116th overall, Vincent Dunn-Cholette got picked by his hometown team, the Ottawa Senators in the 5th round 138th overall and Anthony Brodeur being picked by his father’s team, the New Jersey devils after making a minor trade to obtain a 7th round pick 208th overall.

Although Burke and Beauregard have not been selected at this year’s draft, Burke received an invitation to attend the Phoenix Coyote’s development camp and Beauregard to the Boston Bruins Development camp.

Import Draft:

Last but not least, the CHL Euro import draft was held on July 3rd, 2013, Gatineau were picking 18th overall in the 1st round, with their selection, they took Czech native Vaclav Karabacek, 6’ 180pds winger. He is said to have a great work ethic, good skating and a good shot. He will report to the camp after the U18 Ivan Hlinka tournament.

Have a great summer everyone, and stay tuned for more coverage of the Piques’ in August for training camp!

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