Oilers prospect Raphael Lavoie has been traded from the Halifax Mooseheads to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL.
The Chicoutimi Saguenéens have acquired forward Raphael Lavoie from the Halifax Mooseheads and Dawson Mercer from the Drummondville Voltigeurs.— Complete Hockey News (@CompleteHkyNews) January 6, 2020
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Lavoie, the Oilers’ second round pick in 2019 (38th overall), played his last game as a Moosehead in 2019, as he’s spent the last couple of weeks helping Team Canada bring home gold at the IIHF World Junior Championship. Though he wasn’t featured prominently on the scoresheet, Lavoie performed well in a checking role at the tournament. All in all, he recorded two assists in seven games, and a +2 rating. As a 19-year-old with a late September birthday, this was Lavoie’s last chance to participate in the world juniors, as he’ll likely spend the 2020-21 season in the Bakersfield.
The Sagueneens currently sit 2nd in the QMJHL, and, with the acquisition of a star like Lavoie, should have as good a chance of winning the league as anyone. If they do, Lavoie could make his second straight Memorial Cup appearance. He was a major force in the playoffs for last year’s Mooseheads squad, leading the team with 20 goals in 23 playoff games.
This year, Lavoie has yet again managed solid numbers, with 18 goals and 44 points in 30 games, despite playing with a much weaker supporting cast than last year, as this year’s Mooseheads squad sits 14th of 18 teams in the Q.
With half a season of eligibility left at the junior level, it was a no brainer for the Mooseheads to trade away their star. They get some much needed draft picks, Lavoie gets some valuable playoff experience, and Oilers fans will get the benefit of potentially seeing one of their top prospects competing in the late playoff rounds on national television. Everybody wins.