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Piette shipped to Lewiston for blue-liner: sources

It appears the Halifax Mooseheads will sacrifice forward Alexis Piette to land Lewiston’s Garrett Clarke on Friday.

It appears the Halifax Mooseheads will sacrifice forward Alexis Piette to land Lewiston’s Garrett Clarke on Friday.

Sources have told Metro Halifax the Mooseheads have acquired Clarke, a 17-year-old blue-liner, for a package that is believed to be Piette and a seventh-round draft pick.

They’re expected to further bolster their paper-thin defence corps with the acquisition of 20-year-old Alexandre Brunet from the Rimouski Oceanic for a draft pick to complete last December’s Logan MacMillan trade.

Both deals are expected to be announced when the QMJHL trading period opens on Friday morning in Moncton.

The six-foot-three, 203-pound Piette recorded 35 points as a rookie and had a strong finish last season, regularly one of the team’s top forwards in the final two months. Although he could post big numbers, he is also entering his 19-year-old season and won’t be in the league when Halifax is a contender.

Clarke comes with an impressive resume. The six-foot, 180-pound Moncton native was selected sixth overall last June and had six goals and three assists in 46 games as a rookie.

International Scouting Service described him as a “highly-skilled offensive defenceman” and a “tough player to play against” with “a mean streak.” He served a 15-game suspension for cross-checking and projects as an impact player.

“He’s talented with very good skills,” said a league source. “He’s going to have a very good career in the Q.”

Brunet is a steady albeit unspectacular defenceman who would bring much-needed experience to Halifax. The five-foot-10 191-pounder had 14 points and was a plus-9 in 63 games last season and played in the Memorial Cup.

Clarke and Brunet would join 19-year-olds Gabriel O’Connor and Pascal Amyot as well as 17-year-old Alex MacDonald to form the basis for Halifax’s defence corps next season.

 
 
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