A slew of trades the Lewiston Maineiacs reportedly had lined up to go through once Friday’s pre-draft trade period opened has gone official on the league’s Web site.

And there’s even one small surprise.

Marc Bourgeois, a gritty, hard-nosed 19-year-old winger, will head to Cape Breton next season, near his hometown of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. In return, Cape Breton has sent to Lewiston a fifth-round selection in the 2010 draft (acquired from Montreal).

Bourgeois has played two seasons for Lewiston, last year posting 13 goals and 13 assists in 67 games for the Maineiacs.

The rest of the posted deals involving Lewiston had already been leaked through various sources. That includes the blockbuster trade with Quebec, which sends Patrick Cusack, Danick Paquette, Peter Delmas and Dominic Savoie to Quebec for Sam Carrier, Sebastien Trudeau, a first-rounder and a third-rounder. In the trade, the teams also swapped European picks in 2010.

Garrett Clarke’s trade to Halifax is also among the confirmed deals, with the Maineiacs getting Alexis Piette and a seventh-round pick for the former first-round defenseman.

The other two deals went hand in hand. First, Lewiston sent its high-end European selection (No. 7 overall) to Moncton for its Euro pick, along with the Wildcats’ third, fourth and seventh-rounders in Saturday’s draft.

The Maineiacs then flipped the third- and fourth-rounders along with a sixth in 2010 and Travis Moore to Acadie-Bathurst for 17-year-old winger Stefan Fournier.

The sixth reportedly returns to Lewiston should Moore play for the Titan.

In one other very minor transaction, the Saint John Sea Dogs have sent their 6th-round selection to Lewiston, reportedly to compensate the Maineiacs for Brett Gallant’s failure to play for Lewiston after a trade to the Maineiacs last fall.

The trade window closes Saturday at the end of the QMJHL Entry Draft, which will begin Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

For live coverage of the event, visit us right here at sunjournal.com as we chat live with the Maineiacs draft table in Moncton beginning at about 8 a.m.


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