I will be writing a series focusing on the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, involving starting the team from scratch, exhibition games, real-life happenings such as players going to NHL Camps, Super Series, and National Teams as well. If you like it, please read, and if you don't, well, that ain't my problem.
The Baie-Comeau Drakkar have been purchased. A group of unidentified NHL players, born in Quebec, have bought the team, and wiped the staff. The team will soon hire a GM as well. Rumour has it, the Drakkar's players will be dispersed throughout the league. Nobody could confirm this, however.
The Baie-Comeau Drakkar have hired a new GM, head coach, and assistant coaches. The new head coach was recently fired from the Tampa Bay Lightning, Guy Boucher. He is a very experienced man, and will be taking over the GM role as well. Assistant coaches are Ron Choules, and Billy McGuigan. They will help out with the GM's decisions this coming year. All three men are excited to be in Baie-Comeau moving forward. In other news, players were dispersed throughout the league. Compensation will come back in the summer. Next up is a draft rundown, where the Drakkar owns 3 first round picks, including #1 overall.
It's the day before the draft, in Quebec City. The Drakkar hold picks 1, 7, 12, 20, 22, 40 and 69. They are expected to hit it home in the draft, stocking up the cupboards. In the running for first overall is three players, Alexis Pépin, Daniel Audette, and '97 special exemption d-man Jérémy Roy. It will be kept quiet to who they are taking until the pick actually happens. For now, the Drakkar are looking to make a splash!
Moments before the Baie-Comeau Drakkar make their first overall selection, it's been announced that the Drakkar have acquired 4 players. The Drakkar have acquired overage forwards Ben Duffy, and Simon Darveau, and also overage defensemen Alex Micallef, and Mathieu Gagnon. It isn't a secret that one player will be cut or traded in camp, due to the league rule of only carrying 3 twenty year olds.
Now it's time for the Drakkar to make their selection. When head coach/GM Guy Boucher walks to the stage, with assistants Ron Choules and Billy McGuigan, there is boos from the crowd, of course with Baie-Comeau being a division rival. Guy Boucher then walks up to the mic and says, "The B-C Drakkar are proud to select, first overall, of Quebec, Jérémy Roy!" Roy walks up to the stage, with a smile on his face, to meet his coaches, and is the first special exemption player from the Q, ever. Roy is an offensive defenseman who can run a PP effectively, and is a lock to make the team, barring an injury over the summer. The Drakkar don't pick again until #7, but when the time comes, a player who was talked about as a top three pick, has fallen. Alexis Pépin is still on the board! When Guy Boucher steps to the mic this time, he doesn't hesitate, and says, "The Drakkar select, from Quebec, Alexis Pépin." Pépin is relieved to finally get picked, and walks up to the stage to meet his coaches. Alexis is a powerforward, with a heavy shot, and hard hits. Baie-Comeau has one last pick in the draft, 12th overall. This time, Boucher lets one of his assistants, Ron Choules, make the pick. "Baie-Comeau selects, from Quebec, Olivier Leblanc." Leblanc walks up, as happy as going 1st and meets his new team, and teammates. Olivier is a small d-man, who can move the puck and skate. BC also selected forwards Anthony Richard (20), Kameron Kielly (22),Vincent Deslauriers (40), and d-man Nicholas Latulippe (69). All are expected to be impact players one day in this league.
The Drakkar have finally finalized their squad, heading into training camp. They have recently acquired all of these players, due to compensation, signing, and the Euro Draft. Highlighting the list are forwards Jonathan Drouin, and Anthony Duclair, as well as defenseman Troy Vance, and goaltender Zach Fucale.
The Baie-Comeau Drakkar could not hold their lead after being up 2-0 after the first period on goals by Mathieu Gagnon and Anthony Duclair. Sherbrooke scored three unanswered to win it. Olivier Leblanc had two helpers for the Drakkar, and Duclair, and Nicholas Krammer had one apiece. The Drakkar play next on the road against Rimouski. Lines were:
Baie-Comeau lost to Rimouski 5-4, but they overcame a 4-1 deficit to make it happen. Lots of positives came out of this one. Goals were scored by Jonathan Delorme, Michael Lyle, Jérémy Roy, and Jonathan Drouin. Assists went to Simon Darveau (2), Brandon Shea, Alex Micallef, and Roy. D-man Dillon Donnelly was a force to be reckoned with, totaling 7 bruising hits. Lines were:
The final preseason game is in two days against the Quebec Remparts.
The Drakkar lost their final pre-season game against Quebec 3-1. The lone goalscorer was Ville Järveläinen, and the assist went to Jérémy Roy. Cuts will be made tonight, and the team will be picked. Lines were:
The Baie-Comeau have acquired forward Pier-Olivier Grand-Maison, and prospect d-man Cody Donaghey, in separate deals today. Grand-Maison comes from Blainville-Boisbriand, in a deal which sent Mathieu Gagnon there. The Drakkar also got a second round pick in the deal. Baie-Comeau's next move was trading tough guy Patrick McGrath to Quebec for Donaghey. That deal was a straight one-for-one. Head Coach/GM Guy Boucher explains the reasoning behind these moves. "We had to move an overager, so that's why Gags had to go, and we already have Haas so why keep two tough guys? We've acquired a player who can immediately contribute in Grand-Maison, and a future player in Donaghey. Grand-Maison will be on the roster opening night, but we've sent Donaghey to our farm team (Jr. A)." The roster is expected to be finalized as soon as tonight.
The final roster for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar's 2012-2013 roster has been made public. The following 25 players make up the team for this season:
#9 Spenser Cobbold
#10 Anthony Duclair
#13 Kyle Haas
#14 Philippe Sanche
#16 Ben Duffy
#17 Jonathan Lavoie
#18 Brett Hester
#19 Nicolas Krammer
#20 Anthony Richard
#25 Simon Darveau "C"
#26 Alexis Pépin
#27 Jonathan Drouin
#71 Ville Järveläinen
#94 Pier-Olivier Grand-Maison
#95 Brandon Shea
#2 Dillon Donnelly "A"
#3 Jonathan Diaby
#4 Mackenzie Braid
#5 Troy Vance
#6 Olivier Leblanc
#7 Alex Micallef "A"
#8 Jonathan Delorme
#97 Jérémy Roy
Sent down from the Drakkar were forwards Kameron Kielly, Vincent Deslauriers, Michael Lyle, Patrick Walsh, Vincent Montreuil, Daniel Perigo, Liam Alcalde, and Brandon Belding, and defensemen Nicholas Latulippe, Jake Primeau, Jérémy Quenneville, and Cody Donaghey, and goaltenders Michael Nishi, Brandon Thibeau, and Alex Fournier. All 15 players are on AP cards and are elgible to play when called upon. Guy Boucher loves the make-up of his team. "We have lots of depth, and a solid mix of offensive and defensive forwards. I think we can make a cup run this year, if we play like we can night in, and night out." Captain Simon Darveau loves his team too, and knows his role as well. "We have one of the solidest teams in the Q, and I know I'll only play 3rd or 4th line minutes but when I play I will put it all on the table for the other 19 players on the bench." The home opener is coming up soon versus the Gatineau Olympiques, and fhe first 100 fans get 50% off Drouin jerseys.
-In other news, the Drakkar have signed a gear contract with Reebok and CCM.
Just hours before the team's home opener versus Gatineau, the Drakkar have traded Nicolas Krammer to the Moncton Wildcats for Ivan Barbashev. Barbashev will not be able to make it for the game versus Gatineau, he will meet the team in Quebec Saturday night, and play the next afternoon against the Remparts. Barbashev will be wearing No. 22.
Baie-Comeau lost to Gatineau 5-2. Goalscorers were Ville Järveläinen and Brett Hester. It was a game that they Drakkar simply didn't physically compete. Next game is Sunday against the Remparts, and is also Ivan Barbashev's Drakkar debut.
The team would like to send our best wishes to Dillon Donnelly (Colorado), and Troy Vance (Dallas), in their respective NHL Camps. They will be back in Drakkar jerseys for the October 5th game at home against Bathurst. Good luck boys!