Acadie-Bathurst make three trades, land F Balmas


The Acadie-Bathurst Titan got the top-6 forward they sought. It just took a few moves to get there.

Following trades with the Halifax Mooseheads and Chicoutimi Sagueneens, the Titan traded forward Dawson Theede and two first-round picks to the Gatineau Olympique for forward Mitchell Balmas and a third round pick.

First, Acadie-Bathurst traded defenceman Jake Ryczek and Cape Breton’s 2018 third-round pick to Halifax for Rouyn-Noranda’s 2018 first-round pick. Ryczek is a former sixth-round pick of the Titan and a seventh-round selection of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The Ludlow, MA native is currently playing for Providence College as a freshman, and it’s unknown whether or not he’ll leave for Halifax. Mooseheads GM Cam Russell has stated however that “there are provisions in the deal if he does not show.”

Next, the Titan reacquired their 2020 first- and third-round picks from Chicoutimi for Charlottetown’s 2018 first-round pick. The 2020 picks were both initially traded to the Sagueneens as part of the German Rubtsov deal earlier this season.

Finally, the Titan dealt the newly-acquired 2018 Rouyn-Noranda first-round draft pick, their 2020 first-round draft pick, and Theede to acquire Balmas and Gatineau’s third-round pick in 2020.

The 19 year-old Balmas is in the midst of a banner year. He’s scored 37 points, including a career-high 24 goals, in just 35 games this season. The Titan will be his third team in less than a calendar year, having been traded to Gatineau from Charlottetown at last year’s trade deadline.

Theede, an overager from Whitby, ON, has posted 13 goals and 28 points in 32 games. He’d been playing in a top-6 position this season alongside Samuel l’Italien and German Rubtsov. In 139 career QMJHL games, the 6’4 forward has posted 40 goals, 84 points, and 256 penalty minutes.