The Nanaimo Clippers added to their forward core on Tuesday bringing in Devin Brosseau from the Longueuil College Francais of the Quebec Junior 'AAA' Hockey League for future considerations.
Brosseau scored 37 points (18 goals, 19 assists) as an 18-year-old rookie last year with Longueuil as they won their league and advanced to the Fred Page Cup in Truro, N.S. Clippers head coach and general manager Mike Vandekamp says the six-foot-on, 185-pound left winger's speed and skill were two big things they were looking for, but almost as important was his age.
"We've tried to stay on the right path, focused on being competitive this year but staying younger and focused on a longer term plan with the team," he said. "Last year we got a bit off track with the (Western Canada Cup). .. that I think forced us to plan ahead."
The QJAAHL is Quebec's version of the B.C. Hockey League, and Vandekamp says Brosseau had options to play major junior and has already been to NCAA evaluation camps.
"Everybody feels he's a player that is going to be on the NCAA radar and is going to be a real good junior A player in our league for a couple of years," he said.
The Clippers open their training camp on Tuesday.
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