Four Titan players selected in 2014 QJHL Draft
The first draft under the re-branded Québec Junior Hockey League (QJHL) has come to an end, and as it stands four members of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan organization have been selected. The league plays at a level below the QMJHL, and is one of the main places players that do not make the main roster out of training camp will play.
The former Québec Junior AAA Hockey League saw 20-year-old forward Alexandros Soumakis be taken in the fourth round by the Lachine Maroons. Drafted in the second round of the 2011 QMJHL Draft by the Gatineau Olympiques, Soumakis came to the Titan last season at the 2013 QMJHL Draft in a deal that saw Marc-Olivier Broulliard head to Gatineau in exchange for Soumakis and Adam Chapman. There were also a number of draft picks involved in the deal. In 63 regular season games last year, Soumakis scored 19 goals while adding 19 assists.
The next Titan player to be selected came in the seventh round when 17-year-old prospect Charles-Anthony Poulin was selected by Longueil Collège-Français. Poulin was originally selected in the second round of the 2013 QMJHL Draft by the Rimouski Océanic, but never played a game for them.
He was part of the Nov. 4, 2013 deal that saw he and Scott Oke come to the Titan in exchange for Dominic Beauchemin and Patrik Zdrahal. The Titan had also received a fourth round pick in the 2014 QMJHL Draft in the deal. Poulin would see action in four games with the Titan during a couple of brief call-up stints, but spent most of the season playing with the Magog Cantonniers of the Québec Midget AAA Hockey League where in 35 games he had 10 goals to go with 21 assists, while racking up 113 penalty minutes.
The third Titan player selected in the 2014 QJHL Draft was 20-year-old defenceman Jake Primeau who was selected by the Granby Inouk in the eighth round.
Primeau came to the Titan on August 1, 2013 from the Moncton Wildcats that saw the Titan’s 12th round pick in the 2014 Draft head the other way. In 55 games with the Titan last season, Primeau had one goal and three assists while incurring 55 penalty minutes.
The final Titan player selected was 15-year-old forward Jimmy Huntington who was drafted in the fourth round of this year’s draft by the team, but went in the 11th round to the Saint-Léonard Arctic. Huntington made the jump to Midget AAA this past season and in nine games has three assists. Prior to that, he had played 26 games with the Laval Patriotes Midget Espoir where he scored 11 goals, while adding another 13 assists.
Soumakis and Primeau will be two of the seven listed 20-year-olds coming into the Titan training camp battling for the three over-agers slots permitted by the QMJHL, while Poulin and Huntington will also be battling to break camp with the main roster where there are less restrictions on younger players.