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BIBEAU ACQUIRED BY CHICOUTIMI, BOLDUC ACQUIRED BY SHERBROOKE:
It was an active week for transactions in the QMJHL, as Islanders 2019 prospects Felix Bibeau and Samuel Bolduc were dealt to new clubs.
Bibeau was traded from the Quebec Remparts to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Dec. 11 in exchange for two first-round draft picks. Bibeau had been acquired by Quebec over the summer from Rouyn-Noranda in exchange for a 2020 first rounder and Chicoutimi's first pick in the 2021 QMJHL draft.
The Isles' 2019 sixth rounder (178th overall), who was captain of the Remparts, had 17 goals and 18 assists in 31 games this season for Quebec before making his debut with the Sagueneens on Dec. 13.
"Felix Bibeau is a complete player and an uncontested leader," Chicoutimi GM and Head Coach Yanick Jean said via press release. "He's a forward who will improve our offence, notably in the face-off circle as he's won on average 60 per cent of his draws."
Through two games with his new club, Bibeau has registered one assist, coming on Dec. 14 as Chicoutimi beat Baie-Comeau 2-1. Chicoutimi is ranked second overall in the Q with 51 points and a record of 24-6-3.
Bolduc was traded on Sunday to the Sherbrooke Phoenix, who currently lead the QMJHL with 56 points and a record of 27-5-2. Bolduc was acquired by Sherbrooke from Blainville-Boisbriand in exchange for Yann-Félix Lapointe, a 2020 first-round pick, and 2022 second-and third-round picks.
The Isles' 2019 second rounder (57th overall) will make his debut with Sherbrook on Dec. 28. Through 32 games with Blainville-Boisbriand, the defenseman had 16 points (7G, 9A).
NEWKIRK EXTENDS POINT STREAK TO EIGHT GAMES:
Reece Newkirk scored in consecutive games last week for the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL. The Isles' 2019 fifth-round pick (147th overall) scored a power-play goal, which was the game-decider as Portland defeated Everett 3-2 on Dec. 13. The center also had two assists on the night to help earn the first star of the game honors.
Newkirk scored the following game and added one assist as the Winterhawks posted an 8-1 rout over the Tri-City Americans. On Sunday, Newkirk had an assist in a 4-3 shootout loss to Seattle to extend his point streak to eight games (6G, 6A). Through 30 games this season, Newkirk has a team high in assists (26) and points (38) and is second on the team in goals (12).
Newkirk and the Winterhawks are tied with Everett atop the U.S. Division with 48 points and a record of 22-6-4.
COSKEY LIGHTS LAMP IN THREE-STRAIGHT GAMES:
Cole Coskey has found the back of the net in three-straight games for the Saginaw Spirit and has recorded four points (3G, 1A) in that span.
Coskey scored on Dec. 12 to help Saginaw clip Windsor 4-3. In the following game on Dec. 13, Coskey earned the first star of the game honors with the game-winning goal and adding one assist. Coskey scored the game-winning goal again on Dec. 14 as the Spirit bested Flint 5-3.
Through 32 games this season, the Isles' 2019 seventh rounder (209th overall) has 39 points (17G, 22A).
Coskey and Saginaw lead the OHL's West Division with 40 points and a record of 18-10-4.
SOROKIN AND RUSSIA FINISH SECOND AT CHANNEL ONE CUP:
Ilya Sorokin represented Team Russia in the Channel One Cup round-robin tournament. The open tournament located is composed of Team Russia, Team Finland, Team Sweden and Team Czech Republic.
During the first game against Team Sweden on Dec. 12, Sorokin split the pipes with Alexander Samsonov and made six saves during 36:20 time on ice. Team Russia lost 4-3.
In the second game on Dec. 14, Team Russia defeated Team Czech Republic 4-3 in a shootout. Sorokin made 21 saves. Team Russia blanked Team Finland 2-0 on Dec. 15 as Sorokin turned aside all 22 shots to record the shutout.
Russia finished second in the tournament, while Sweden took home the 2019 title.