SYDNEY, N.S. – The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles have traded star forward Drake Batherson to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Saturday.
In return for Batherson, the Screaming Eagles received 18-year-old forward Shaun Miller, 17-year-old defenceman Kyle Havlena, 16-year-old forward Félix Lafrance, and a first-round draft pick in the 2020 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft.
The Screaming Eagles also sent a sixth-round draft pick in the 2018 QMJHL Entry Draft, originally owned by Charlottetown, to the Armada in the deal.
Batherson, 19, appeared in 24 games with the Screaming Eagles this season, recording 17 goals and 39 points. The Ottawa Senators prospect captured a gold medal with Team Canada at this year’s IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., recording seven goals in seven games, including a hat trick in the semifinal game against the Czech Republic on Thursday.
Miller, 18, has played in 18 games with the Armada this season, scoring two goals and adding nine assists. In 97 career QMJHL games, the East Hants, N.S. native has 17 goals and 49 points. He was drafted by Blainville-Boisbriand in the fourth-round, No. 65, at the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft.
Havlena, 17, appeared in 19 games with Blainville-Boisbriand this season, posting two goals along with a minus-3 rating. The Pointe-Claire, Que., native was selected by the Armada in third-round, No. 53, at the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft.
Lafrance, 16, has played one game in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 26 games with the Saint-Eustache Vikings of the Quebec Midget ‘AAA’ Hockey League this season, Lafrance has 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points. Meanwhile, in his rookie season last year with the Vikings, the forward notched 18 goals and 58 points in 40 games. The Armada drafted him in round two, No. 24, at the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft.
In other trade news, the Screaming Eagles sent defenceman Alexis Sansfaçon to the Armada in a separate deal, Friday. In return for the 18-year-old, Cape Breton received a third-round draft pick at the 2020 QMJHL Entry Draft.
In 35 games with the Screaming Eagles this season, Sansfaçon had six assists with a minus-11 rating.
The QMJHL trade period comes to a close on Saturday.