Titan’s Brisebois drafted by Canucks in third round
The 17-year-old defenceman and captain of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan will be the answer to the trivia question asked when the topic of the trade that saw goaltender Eddie Lack moved to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for the 66th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday is brought up.
The deal also sees a seventh-round pick in 2016 go to the Vancouver Canucks. However it was with the 66th overall pick the Canucks acquired in which Brisebois was selected in the third round.
Only set to turn 18-years-old in July, the blue-liner listed at being just under six-foot-two and weighing 175 pounds enjoyed a season book-ended by international medals representing Team Canada at a pair of under-18 tournaments intertwined with appearances in the SUBWAY Super Series and CHL/NHL BMO Top Prospects Game.
With the Titan, he scored four goals and added 24 assists over the course of 63 games. The glaring stat this season would be the -40 rating, however it should be noted that Brisebois was used by head coach Mario Pouliot in nearly every situation one could encounter, often playing upwards to 20-25 minutes per game.
Known more for his defensive play, Brisebois has been known to jump in on the offensive rush from time-to-time. Paired with a number of defensive partners during the first-half of the season, Brisebois found himself lined up with over-ager Alexandre Leclerc during the second-half of the season allowing him to further explore the offensive zone.
Brisebois will now have a busy pre-season as it is more than likely he will partake in the annual Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, B.C. which will feature prospect teams from the Canucks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets between September 11-14, 2015. This would mean that Brisebois would miss the opening weekend of the 2015-16 season.
AMERICAN PROSPECT FOLEY GOES TO WINNIPEG
American-born forward Erik Foley, drafted in the 10th round of the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft by the Titan, was selected 78th overall by the Winnipeg Jets. Foley, who opted to play for the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and maintain his NCAA eligibility following his commitment to Providence College for the 2015-16 season had an equal 27 goals and 27 assists in 55 games and won bronze at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament with Team USA, the same tournament which netted Brisebois a gold medal with Team Canada.
SIMPSON REMAINS UNDRAFTED
20-year-old forward Mark Simpson, ranked 160th in the final NHL Scouting Service list, went undrafted for the second year in a row. Having missed a portion of the season due to a pair of upper-body injuries, Simpson more than doubled his point production from the previous season (17G, 28A) but did not hear his name called on Saturday. Simpson, fully healed from the shoulder injury that forced him to miss the final two games of the 2014-15 regular season, was in Bathurst over the weekend taking part in the Titan Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic and mentioned that this was the outcome he was expecting. It is probable the six-foot-five centre could receive a call for a summer developmental camp tryout.
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