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Eagles send second overall pick to Drummondville to highlight five-trade day
SYDNEY — The Cape Breton Eagles pulled the trigger Wednesday on a trade involving the club's second overall pick at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft.
Cape Breton traded the second overall pick, along with 18-year-old forward Jacob Santerre, to the Drummondville Voltigeurs in exchange for the eighth overall pick. The team also acquired the Voltigeurs' second-round pick, No. 22 overall, in 2021 as well as 18-year-old defenceman Conor Shortall.
Eagles general manager Jacques Carrière said the team was happy with the value received for the pick.
“Moving back six spots to get an early second-round pick and Conor Shortall, it's a good value for us,” said Carrière.
“We established a list of players on our draft list to see where we were comfortable going back and based on that we started trying to see what kind of value we could get for the No. 2 pick with teams within that range.”
Cape Breton has never picked at No. 8 overall in its 25-year history. The eighth overall pick last year was held by Gatineau, who selected defenceman Noah Warren.
Shortall, a St. John's, N.L. product, was a fifth-round pick by the Voltigeurs at the 2019 QMJHL Entry Draft. In his rookie season in the league, the five-foot-nine, 189-pound Shortall had two goals and 11 points in 34 games.
Santerre, a six-foot-one, 192-pound forward, was taken by the Eagles in the 10thround of the 2019 draft. The Cowansville, Que. native had two assists in 28 games with the team last season.
With acquiring Shortall, the team's defence core is basically solidified for next year — and years to come — with young players Jérémy Langlois, Jacob Squires, François-James Buteau and Zach Welsh — not including prospects in the system.
“I think our fans will like Conor Shortall with what he's going to bring to the team,” said Carrière. “He's a hard to play against defenceman, pretty rugged, and pretty good at getting the puck out of the defensive zone.”
As for the eighth overall pick, Carrière said the team isn't actively shopping the selection on the trade market.
“I have to be prudent when I say that,” he said. “Somebody could come in and surprise us with something, it's always possible.”
Cape Breton completed four other deals to open the trade period.
The Eagles acquired 20-yearold forward Nicholas Girouard and a first-round pick in 2022, originally belonging to Halifax, from the Saint John Sea Dogs for a first-round pick in 2023, and second-round pick in 2023.
Girouard, a six-foot-two, 202-pound forward, recorded 13 goals and 26 points in 31 games with the Sea Dogs last season. The Notre-Dame-del'Île-Perrot, Que. product was a second-round pick in 2017 by defenceman, plays a two-way game and moves very well,” said Carrière. “He's going to definitely help us on the backend.”
Meanwhile, Cape Breton acquired a second-round pick in 2022 and a fourth-round pick in 2022 from the Bl ainv ill e Bo is bri and Armada. In return, the Eagles send the Armada their third-round pick, No. 54 overall, in 2021. The trade completes the Mathias Laferrière deal, which was built on games played last season.
The final trade of the day saw the Eagles send a seventhround pick, No. 115 overall in 2021 to the Rimouski Oceanic for a sixth-round pick, No 97 overall in 2021.
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League trade period will reopen at the start of the first-round of the draft on Friday night. The first-round of the draft will be broadcasted on Eastlink Community Television as well as on the QMJHL's YouTube channel, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Atlantic time.