Defenseman Samuel Bolduc, the New York Islanders second-round pick from 2019, has been traded from a mid-table team to the best team in the QMJHL. A move that should have him challenging for a Memorial Cup.
Selected 57 overall in 2019 draft by the New York Islanders, defenseman Samuel Bolduc is having a good season. With 16 points in 32 games, Bolduc is on pace for 34 points. The 6’4″ 211lbs 19-year-old is a dominant player in the QMJHL.
Unfortunately, his Blainville-Boisbriand side sit fifth in the QMJHL’s Western Conference, just outside of a playoff spot. And they’ve decided to make some changes.
They sent Samuel Bolduc with a fourth-round pick to league leaders Sherbrooke Phoenix for Yann-Felix Lapointe, a first-round pick in 2020 as well as a second-round and third-round pick in 2022.
Shot to Win
The trade puts Bolduc alongside forward Félix Robert in the Phoenix’s lineup. Robert is currently fifth in scoring in the QMJHL with 50 points in 26 games. The trade also puts Bolduc in a good position to play for not only the QMJHL Championship but the Memorial cup.
Over the past ten seasons in the QMJHL, the best team in the regular season has gone on to win the playoffs and represent the Q in the Memorial Cup seven times. Noah Dobson‘s Rouyn-Noranda team from 2018-19 was one of those teams to finish first in the regular season and win the QMJHL playoffs.
(Dobson’s Acadie-Bathurst team from 2017-18 was one of only three teams this decade to not finish the regular season first overall and win the playoffs.)
Just like Bolduc, Dobson was acquired by Rouyn-Noranda via trade just before the New Year. Dobson was moved from a struggling Acadie-Bathurst team to the top team in the league.
Hopefully, the move brings Bolduc the same level of success as it did for Noah Dobson.
By giving up a player and three picks, one being a first-rounder for Bolduc, Sherbrooke clearly believes that the Islanders second-round pick from last year can be an impact player for them. Hopefully, that comes true.