QMJHL: the Quebec Remparts and the Sherbrooke Phoenix stand out

QMJHL: Quebec Remparts and Sherbrooke Phoenix stand out


The Quebec Remparts and the Sherbrooke Phoenix look like two teams in a class of their own at the start of the season. Cautious before placing his formation on a pedestal, Patrick Roy confirms however that the number of buyers at the time of the transactions could be low.  

Quebec and Sherbrooke have each won 12 of their first 14 games of the season and are the two best offenses and the two best defenses in the QMJHL. 

< p>“Other teams are doing well too,” Roy said cautiously when asked about the emergence of this two-headed monster in the circuit. Gatineau, when their injured are back, are doing well. Halifax is doing well, as is Blainville-Boisbriand which has a good team. Anyway, I don't focus too much on the other teams. What matters to me is how we play. »

The fact remains that behind the scenes, it is not expected that many teams, other than the handful of teams mentioned above, will try to make great strides in the period of the Holidays. One of the key players for the buying teams, Val-d'Or Foreurs captain Justin Robidas, is already promised to the Remparts in a transaction that will be completed when the trading period opens.

< p>One thing is for sure, the market is pretty dead so far, Roy confirmed.

“I haven't had many calls so far. For the moment, the teams are informing themselves and looking at their different needs. It will surely intensify towards the end of November and the beginning of December but, when there are not many buyers, it becomes difficult for the sellers. When the Memorial Cup is in your league, it encourages teams to try more but since it is in Kamloops this year, teams may want to buy less. » 

20 years old untouchable

Roy then made one thing clear, when asked about his trio of players of 20 years, a rare commodity in the QMJHL: Théo Rochette, Pier-Olivier Roy and Nicolas Savoie aren't going anywhere. 

“Our 20-year-old trio will not leave home, that’s clear. Savoie is in his fifth year with us, Rochette has arrived at 17 and P-O is a perfect match for Zach [Bolduc] and Théo. It's not going to happen at the 20-year-old level, I can tell you right now. » 

Huchette absent until March?

In addition, striker Mikaël Huchette could be absent longer than expected. The one who suffered an injury to the internal collateral ligament, and not to the anterior cruciate as it had been announced at the end of the week, underwent examinations on Tuesday to find out the extent of the damage. 

The Remparts could therefore “take advantage” of Huchette's forced absence to allow him to undergo surgery on his wrist to treat an injury he has been dragging on for a long time. 

“If it's If so, he might not be able to return until March. Mik is an important player for our team but his health is the most important. He had been playing with cortisone injections in the wrist for a long time but, over time, the cortisone is less effective. It must not become a penance to play hockey.

This prolonged absence will not force Roy to look at an alternative on the exchange market, he clarified. Elliott Lavoie could be recalled in the second half of the season to make up for the loss of Huchette. The 19-year-old veteran is playing this season with Everest de Côte-du-Sud, at the junior AAA level.