Titan acquire Samuel Asselin

It seems as though the Acadie-Bathurst Titan aren’t quite finished on the trade front.

The QMJHL announced today that the team has acquired forward Samuel Asselin from the Shawinigan Cataractes in exchange for defenceman Olivier Desroches, a 2019 fifth-round pick, and a 2020 third-round pick.

The 19 year-old Asselin has been a bright spot on a Shawinigan team that finds itself last in the league. The l’Assomption, Quebec native led the Cataractes with 22 assists, 31 points, and 115 shots in 38 games.

In 168 career games, all with the Cataractes, the 5’10 centre has registered 30 goals and 103 points. Asselin was originally drafted in the fifth round, 78th overall, by Shawinigan in the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft.

Asselin is just the latest piece added by the Titan in an attempt to make a Memorial Cup run this season. Since the beginning of the season the team has acquired a plethora of top-end talent from across the league, including forwards German Rubtsov and Mitchell Balmas, defenceman Olivier Galipeau, and goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick.

Desroches is in the midst of his first QMJHL season after being drafted by the Titan in the second round, 34th overall, in the 2017 Entry Draft. The 6’1 right-handed defender has appeared in 28 games this season, registering five assists.

The Cataractes have begun rebuilding for the future, having already dealt forward Cameron Askew, defenceman Gabriel Sylvestre, and goaltender Mikhail Denisov earlier in the trading period.