Former Halifax Mooseheads winger Gabriel Desjardins is on the move again.
Desjardins, who the Mooseheads traded to the Quebec Remparts in January for defenceman Brendan Duke and an exchange of draft picks, was dealt Saturday to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies for second- and third-round picks.
“Just got traded to Rouyn, I would like to thanks all fans from Quebec, it been a really nice haft year, but going for another challenge,” Desjardins said via his Twitter account @gdesjardins21.
Desjardins had 23 goals and 22 assists for 45 points in 63 games last season and is entering his over-age campaign. He broke out after the trade to the Remparts, piling up 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points in 26 games in the new year, followed by seven goals and five assists in 10 post-season contests.
The Montreal native spent three and a half seasons with the Herd, earning the club’s Fans’ Choice Award in 2010.
Among other moves on Saturday, the Mooseheads dealt their first-round pick in this year’s Canadian Hockey League import draft to the Sherbrooke Phoenix for the expansion club’s first-round import pick in 2013. The Mooseheads expect to fill their two European slots next season with forward Martin Frk and defenceman Konrad Abeltshauser, so they had little use for this year’s selection.
Meanwhile, the Bathurst Titan landed 42-goal scorer Brandon Hynes from the Victoriaville Tigres for two second-rounders and a fifth-rounder. Hynes could join forces on a potentially potent line with Zack O’Brien and Matthew Bissonnette. The three combined for 128 goals and 270 points as 19-year-olds last season.
The Shawinigan Cataractes also dealt Memorial Cup hero Anton Zlobin to the Val-d’Or Foreurs for Yan Domontier, second- and third-round picks in Saturday’s draft, and this year’s first-round import pick.
There were also a number of draft-pick swaps early in the first round.