1) With10 new players, how long before the chemistry sets in?
There are 3 games left on the pre-season schedule for the Remparts, against Gatineau and 2 against Chicoutimi. The fact that they are road games may help the players mesh together better.
“We hope to repeat the success we have had in the last 2 seasons. We found the way to get the chemistry and get a good team. So far, we have had a very good training camp. We have quite a challenge to overcome in the beginning of the season. Of our first 15 games this season, 10 of them will be played on the road. This will be the greatest test and it could also help with the chemistry within the team.” – Philippe Boucher
2) The Remparts have a 19 year old rookie defenseman, Sam Dunn. Why was he selected?
Sam Dunn came to Quebec after winning the RBC Cup (Junior A Canadian Championship) with the Cobourg Cougars (OJHL). Philippe Boucher wanted to have a stronger defense and with the addition of the 6’3 and 213 lbs defenseman, he fills the criteria. He gained 23 points in 47 games last season.
“We found out he was not going to school in the States, so we knew he was available. He showed an interest in playing in the Junior Major. We had a pretty good idea of what he could bring to our team. This player would have played in the OHL had he not been expecting a American Scholarship. He is a strong right defenseman. They are hard to come by and we think we found a good one.” – Philippe Boucher
3) A battle between the pipes?
There will be a trio in front of the net for the Remparts. Goalie number one, Dereck Baribeau will be assisted by Olivier Chalifour et Oliver Troop. The 2 netminders are rookies. For Chalifour (19 years old), it is his third invitation in the QMJHL whereas Troop (17 years old) was a 9th round pick in 2016. “We expect to use Baribeau and Troop will be a good project”, said the coach.