Former MAINEiacs find new homes
A special draft was held this afternoon in Victoriaville to determine where players from the now-folded Lewiston MAINEiacs would play the 2011-12 season. Who took who? Let's find out.
Spoiler alert: don't double-take too violently if you think you see Kirill Kabanov walking the streets of Verdun next season.
Rouyn-Noranda: D Dillon Fournier (age 17)
Baie Comeau: D Samuel Carrier (age 19)
Shawinigan: F Michaël Chaput (age 19)
Halifax: Lewiston's 1st round pick in 2011 (11th overall)
Val-d'Or: F Samuel Henley (age 18)
Chicoutimi: F Étienne Brodeur (age 20)
Rimouski: F Francis Beauvillier (age 18)
Victoriaville: D Samuel Finn (age 20), F Stéfan Fournier (pick acquired by PEI)
Moncton: F Christophe Lalonde (age 17)
Shawinigan: F Pierre-Olivier Morin (age 20)
Acadie-Bathurst: F Matthew Bissonnette (age 19)
Gatineau: G Antoine Bibeau (age 17)
Drummondville: F Bryce Milson (age 18)
Quebec: Lewiston's 3rd round pick in 2011 (53rd overall)
Montreal: F Kirill Kabanov (age 19)
Saint John: D Ian Saab (age 19), Lewiston's 4th round pick in 2011 (68th overall)
Montreal: F Jess Tanguy (age 19)
Quebec: Lewiston's 5th round pick in 2011 (78th overall)
Drummondville: D Brayden Wood (age 17)
Gatineau: D Zachary Evans-Renaud (age 19)
Acadie-Bathurst: Lewiston's 6th round pick in 2011 (101st overall)
Shawinigan: F Cole Hawes (age 18)
Moncton: F Alex Zafiris (age 19)
Victoriaville: F Cameron Critchlow (age 20)
Rimouski: Lewiston's 8th round pick in 2011 (137th overall)
Val-d'Or: Lewiston's 9th round pick in 2011 (154th overall)
Halifax: D Jonathan Parisien (age 20)
Cape Breton: Lewiston's 9th round pick in 2011 (155th overall)
Baie Comeau: Pass
In the unexpected category was Quebec's preference of a draft pick over Kabanov, and the non-selection of Russian goaltender Andrey Makarov, who is likely to become a free agent now. There is, however, the possibility that he will be selected in the regular draft.
Trade period also kicked off today, with the rights to Canadian silver medalist Olivier Roy and Jonathan Lessard changing hands over to Baie Comeau from Bathurst, who acquires a 2011 2nd round pick, two 2012 4th round picks and a 2012 8th round pick in the exchange. The Drakkar also acquired Tomas Filippi from the Quebec Remparts for a 2011 4th round pick (Rouyn-Noranda's) and goaltender Antonio Mastropietro from the Victoriaville Tigres in exchange for a 2012 3rd round pick.
Memorial Cup champion Gabriel Bourret now finds himself with Chicoutimi as Saint John gave up a 2012 2nd rounder in that deal. The Saguenéens also acquired blueliner Charles Landry from the Montreal Juniors, essentially only for the promise that they will be compensated if he joins the professional ranks this season. David Rose and Jonathan Brunelle are now members of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, with the Juniors re-acquiring their first-round pick in 2013 and the Voltigeurs getting back their first-round pick in this year's draft, as well as one in the third round.
All other transactions can be seen here, where they will be updated over the course of the weekend.