Ex-QMJHL Standout Defenceman Heading to McGill
On Thursday afternoon, sources out of McGill officially confirmed the addition of ex-QMJHL defenceman Nikolas Brouillard for the 2017-18 season.
Brouillard joins the McGill Redmen after a 2016-17 season which saw him play 39 games for the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears, and a single game with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. Currently at rookie camp with the Las Vegas Golden Knights, Brouillard will have to sit out the entirety of the first semester of the 2017-18 season due to ineligibility, but will be available to play in the second semester starting in January.
Brouillard first signed his letter of intent with McGill in November of 2016, giving the Redmen exclusive rights to his services should he pursue the university route. However, Brouillard opted to conclude his season with Orlando in hopes of receiving a promotion to the Marlies in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. Nearly a year later, Brouillard has had a change of heart, and will become an integral part of McGill’s composition down the stretch.
The Redmen are coming off a season where they won OUA bronze, earning them a birth in the national championship. There, they were knocked out by the StFX X-Men in the quarter-finals, ending their season. McGill are set to be contenders in the OUA once again, with a recruit class including former QMJHLers Dylan Montcalm, Antoine Dufort-Plante, and Alex Renaud.
Brouillard becomes the sixth Drummondville Voltigeurs alumni on McGill, joining Joe Fleschler, Francis Lambert-Lemay, Jasmin Boutet, Jerome Verrier, and Louis-Philippe Guindon. Brouillard will be inserted into a QMJHL talent-heavy defensive corps alongside Dominic Talbot-Tassi, Nathanael Halbert, and Redgie Bois in addition to Lambert-Lemay. McGill’s regular season kicks off on Saturday, September 9 against the RMC Paladins at home in Montreal.