Around the Q this week
The QMJHL trade period is coming. We are less than two weeks away from the annual trade period which runs from Monday, December 18th to Saturday, January 6th. Your Mooseheads are clearly in buy mode at this stage but with the standings so tightly packed in might be hard to determine who is selling. Aside from clubs like Shawinigan and Saint John, most other teams have playoffs on their minds especially since a good weekend can move a team four or five spots up in the overall standings at this point. Will Charlottetown hold onto a player like PO Joseph now that they’ve become the feel-good story of the first half of the season? Are GM’s asking for much more in return because of the long list of buyers? Time will tell.
Alex Barre-Boulet is on fire. The Armada 20-year-old forward has points in 20 consecutive games and is the first player to 50 points in the QMJHL this season. Barre-Boulet has five games with four or more points scored this season. He holds the league scoring lead by six points over Halifax’s Filip Zadina heading into action on Friday night.
Batherson is back. New Minas, NS native Drake Batherson returned to the Cape Breton lineup on Thursday night and notched an assist in his first game since suffering a hand injury on November 19th. The Screaming Eagles forward remains in the top five in QMJHL scoring with 38 points but the best news of the week for him was being named to Hockey Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp roster. He is joined by fellow QMJHLers Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville) and Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda).
Filip Zadina will be the lone Mooseheads player participating in this year’s World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, NY. The Czech Republic has him listed on their preliminary roster and it’s a no brainer that he’ll be suiting up for his country during the holidays. If you’re thinking the Mooseheads should have more players invited, don’t fret. Once players like Jared McIsaac, BO Groulx, Alex Gravel, Raphael Lavoie, Xavier Parent and Justin Barron get a little older they will be given a long look by Hockey Canada for future events.
The CHL Top Ten Rankings were released on Wednesday as usual and there are three QMJHL teams who made the list. Blainville-Boisbriand has the highest ranking of those teams, coming in at number five in the CHL. They’re followed by Drummondville in eighth and Rimouski in 10th. Rouyn-Noranda and the Mooseheads received honourable mentions.