The Moncton Wildcats will reportedly acquire the first overall pick in the Canadian Hockey League import draft from the expansion Sherbrooke Phoenix.
The deal, which is expected to be made official on Friday when the QMJHL trade period opens in Quebec City, was first reported by Jean-Francois Plante of Le Droit newspaper in Ottawa.
Sherbrooke will receive a player and multiple draft picks, a source told Metro Halifax.
Many expect the Wildcats to be among the league’s contenders next season, and the top import pick will certainly help them in that regard. They have one import — Czech goaltender Roman Will — eligible to return next season, while the other, Slovakian winger Marek Hrivik, has turned pro.
The Wildcats finished 11th overall last season, going 30-31-7.
Another deal, reported by Victoraville’s La Nouvelle newspaper, will see Victoriaville Tigres 20-year-old forward Yannick Dube to the Gatineau Olympiques for second- and third-round picks.
Dube had 36 goals and 36 assists for 72 points in 68 games last season.
The Tigres are also listening to offers for Philippe Maillet, Stefan Fournier and Brandon Hynes, as well as for goaltenders David Honzik and Brandon Whitney, according to the report.
There are no shortage of reports on trades and expansion draft acquisitions involving Sherbrooke. Anthony Marcotte of univershockey.ca does a great job rounding them up, but here are other players who could end up in Phoenix colours next season: forwards Alexandre Comtois (20) and Michael McNamee (20) and defencemen Philippe Archambault (19) and Owen Werthner (20) from the Quebec Remparts; forward Max Le Sieur (20) from the Shawinigan Cataractes; goaltender Jacob Gervais-Chouinard (20) from the Rimouski Oceanic; defenceman Jeremy Beaudry (19) and forward Tristan Tremblay (18) from the Victoriaville Tigres; and defenceman Alexis Bernier (20) from the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.