It would be a rare trade between the top two teams in the same division, involving one of the league’s top offensive talents.
According to Steve Turcotte, QMJHL reporter for La Presse, Leafs prospect Dmytro Timashov could be headed to the Shawinigan Cataractes, pending a the waiving of his no-trade clause. That isn’t a sure thing, as Timashov’s camp reportedly rejected a trade to Moncton earlier this week.
Si l'agent de Dmytro Timashov accepte de lever sa clause de non-échange, il deviendra un Cataractes #lhjmq
— steve turcotte (@steveturcotte) December 18, 2015
The agents of most import players work full control over trades into the agreement before their client signs with a CHL team.
Timashov’s Quebec Remparts narrowly trail Shawinigan, the preseason favorites in the East, by two points for first in the division, although the Cataractes have two games in hand.
The 19-year-old Timashov, with an October 1st birthdate, is considered by many to be bound for the AHL next season. Such a move would be a white-flag signal from the Remparts despite being right in the mix for the East Division crown. Quebec lost both Adam Erne and Anthony Duclair to their pro teams this season, however, and appear to be looking to reload through the acquisition of a few high picks in exchange for the services of Timashov for the second half of the season plus playoffs.
Anthony Beauvillier, the 2015 Isles’ 28th overall pick, is Shawinigan’s offensive leader with 41 points in 21 games. If Timashov gets an opportunity on his wing, the two could wage some serious damage in the second half of the season once they return from the WJCs. Both undersized (5’9) but highly skilled, Beauvillier and Timashov are currently second and fourth in the QMJHL, respectively, in points-per-game.
Frequent linemate of Beauvillier’s, Dennis Yan — a 2015 third-round pick of the Lighting who sits ninth in the league in points per game — recently sustained a shoulder injury, the severity of which is unknown. He is not playing tonight in Shawinigan’s final game before the Christmas break. Timashov could potentially slide onto the other wing beside Yan and Beauvillier if the trade goes through, forming the most lethal trio in the QMJHL.
With 54 points in 29 games, Timashov is currently on a 128-point pace prorated over a full 68-game season (which he won’t play all of due to the World Juniors).