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Artem Maltsev takes the road to Rimouski

defenseur-russe-artem-maltsev-auraThe avowed aim of acquiring a European attacker can evolve on the top two lines at the next European draft, the Chicoutimi Chicoutimi were officially exchanged Artem Maltsev to the Rimouski Oceanic on Thursday in exchange for a 10th round selection of the next midget auction.

The chicoutimienne training now finds itself with a single skater of the Old Continent, the center Dmitry Zhukenov player. The European draft of the Canadian Hockey League is held on June 28 and the Sags hold the 27th selection.

The general manager and head coach Yanick Jean looked for a while for the compromise defender to free up a European player. If John had not been sold, it would have paid back 18 years.

“Looking at the lineup, we saw that our need was to attack, found Jean, adding that he already had a list of candidates to fill the vacant position. We decided to let Maltsev to bring a leading player in European football post. Most important for us was to give him the chance to play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League next season. Regardless of the choice we got back, it was mainly provided for the welfare of the player. ”

Congestion on the blue line

Next season, six defenders veterans should start the season in Chicoutimi. Julien Carignan, Frederic Allard, Keenan MacIsaac, Jeremy Groleau, Louis-Philippe Simard and Marc-André Gauvreau will all be present at training camp, not counting the second-round pick last year, David Noel, who has experienced strong campaign in the Midget AAA with the Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François. Add the name of Nathan Larose, second round pick it three weeks ago in Charlottetown, and you end up with some congestion at the blue line.

“I’m very comfortable with my defensive squad at present,” shared Yanick Jean.

Next week, the head honcho of Chicoutimi will go to the repechage of the company in his National League assistant coach Jean-François Jolin. It will be also a first experience of its kind for the latter.

This weekend, but not a matter of life or death, is still a good opportunity to take the pulse of some European players likely to pursue careers in North America next season.

“This is the perfect time to make contacts and talk to players’ agents and the coaches, said Yanick Jean, who could say with certainty whether this weekend in Buffalo would change things for the European selection. It is important to be present and all QMJHL teams are also represented. ”

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