Foreurs wheel and deal, select 13 players at draft


It was a busy QMJHL Draft Day for management with the Val d’Or Foreurs; they were full out right from the get go at this year’s draft, held June 6 in Sherbrooke.

The draft had barely started when Val d’Or made their first of seven trades on the day, starting at the backend as they looked to solidify that part of their roster.

They dealt their first round pick in 2015, 13th overall and a 2016 first round pick, to the Charlottetown Islanders in exchange for the Islanders’ first round pick, fifth overall.

Val d’Or used that pick to select goalie Dereck Baribeau, who had a 2.28 goals against average and 0.927 save percentage in 26 games with AAA St-Francois. He was Scouting Services top ranked goalie.

The Foreurs would make their second deal of Draft Day when they sent their first round pick, 15th overall to the President Cup champion Rimouski Oceanic in exchange for the second round pick, 20th overall and a second round pick in 2016.

Rimouski used the pick to select Alex-Olivier Voyer. With Magog of the QMAAA last year, Voyer had nine goals and 24 points in 39 games.

With the first pick in the second round, the Foreurs chose forward Cole Rafuse, a Kingston, N.S. native, from the Valley Wildcats Major Midget squad.

The biggest deal of the day by Val d’Or involved clearing up their goaltending picture.

Keven Bouchard, mostly the backup to Etienne Montpetit during the 2014-2015 campaign, was sent packing to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.

After trading for the fifth overall pick in round one, and using that to select goalie Dereck Baribeau, that allowed the Foreurs an option of dealing one of their netminders, and Bouchard was the odd man out. Val d’Or received a second round choice in the 2017 draft in return.

Bouchard, 19, appeared in 36 games with the Foreurs in 2014-2015, registering 15 wins and 18 losses, with a 3.85 goals against average. The native of Métabetchouan, Que., played in four post-season games, registering two losses and a 4.03 GAA.

He is an Edmonton Oilers draft pick, being selected in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Val d’Or obtained defenceman Carl Tremblay, a native of Malbaie, Que., and a fourth round pick, 67th overall in the 2015 draft, from the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in the fifth trade of the day by the Foreurs.

In exchange, the Foreurs sent a second round, 32nd overall pick–which was used to select Nicolas Guay from Magog– and a fifth round pick in 2016.

Tremblay amassed four goals and 15 assists in 68 games with the Sags in 2014-2015. He was selected in the 2011 QMJHL draft by the Halifax Mooseheads.

The Foreurs and Acadie-Bathurst Titan ßcompleted a deal involving picks during the third round. The Titan dealt their third round pick, 43rd overall in the 2015 draft to Val d’Or in exchange for the second round, 2016 draft pick originally obtained from Victoriaville.

That selection is what the Foreurs used to pick Amos Forward Adam Cheezo.

The Foreurs completed their sixth deal, this one with the Moncton Wildcats, sending their fifth round pick, 86th overall, to the Wildcats. In return, they receive Moncton’s third round selection in 2017.

Moncton used the fifth round pick to take Jeremy McKenna from the Notre-Dame Hounds. McKenna is a Summerside, P.E.I. native.

In their seventh transaction of the day, the Foreurs sent round eight and nine picks in the 2015 draft to the Quebec Remparts for their sixth round choice in 2016.

With the selections, at 137th overall, Quebec selected Lac St. Louis Tigres forward Matthew Pietroniro and at 158, chose Alec Richer, a defenceman from the Quebec Cyclones of Espoir.

Other selections made in the draft by Val d’Or included: Mederick Racicot, a left d-man (fourth round, 67th overall); Alexi Payant, a right D-man (fifth round, 77th overall); center Simon Lafrance (sixth round, 102nd overall); goalie Samuel Gagnon (seventh round, 122nd overall); right d-man Frederick Denicourt-Fournier, a right D-man (eighth round, 138th overall); left-winger Nicolas Ouellet (ninth round, 147th overall); another left-wing, Mikael Edmond (10th round, 176th overall); left d-man Thomas Boily (round 11, 194th overall); Reilly Walsh, a right d-man (13th round, 230th overall); and their final selection, in round 14, 248th overall, left-winger Eric Esposito.