Nicolas Roy is a promising junior player who was drafted first overall in the LHJMQ by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, but didn't want to report to the team, preferring to play in Québec, which is almost a refreshing change from the common story of an anglophone player refusing to play in a mostly french-speaking small town. So the Screaming Eagles, after spending a lot of time trying to convince Mr. Roy to change his mind, have dealt him to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens for a raft of picks in the coming drafts.
Stéphane Leroux of RDS explains that this probably means the Saguenéens will trade away Canadiens prospect Charles Hudon during the Christmas break trading period to recoup some of the draft picks they had to deal away to get Mr. Roy, who he compares to Sean Couturier. Mr. Leroux thinks that the Sags aren't quite ready for a run at the Memorial Cup and are better served cashing in on the value of Mr. Hudon by dealing him to a contender, and stocking up for next year and beyond. Which we guess is good news, in that it will allow him to get some seasoning in a potentially long playoff run and perhaps a Memorial Cup tournament.
Lots of Canadiens have been featured in the Memorial Cup recently, with Darren Dietz and Dalton Thrower on the host Saskatoon Blades last season, and the previous year Jarred Tinordi on the London Knights, Nathan Beaulieu on the St-John Sea Dogs, and Michaël Bournival and Morgan Ellis on the Shawinigan Cataractes. Let's hope we get more this season, with Michael McCarron already assured to play as part of the host London Knights team.