By Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - The Halifax Mooseheads signed three players on Monday.
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Halifax Mooseheads head coach Dominique Ducharme conducts a practice.
Forward Vincent Watt, defenceman Jacob Jacques and goalie Kevin Darveau will all start the regular season with the Herd.
Due to Quebec‚Äôs school registration deadline for CEGEP, the Mooseheads were forced to make a decision on whether to keep the trio on Monday.
Mooseheads head coach Dominique Ducharme said he was confident the team picked the right players.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs one forward, one goalie and one D. They‚Äôre obviously different players but they have qualities to be playing in our league,‚ÄĚ said Ducharme. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôll be fighting for a spot to play.‚ÄĚ
About Watt, the Herd‚Äôs 2013 fourth-round pick, Ducharme said the Mooseheads are getting a versatile, complete player.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs still early, he‚Äôs a young guy,‚ÄĚ said Ducharme. But, he‚Äôs physical, he can make plays and plays a simple game.‚ÄĚ
For now, Ducharme said Darveau, who the Mooseheads acquired from the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Friday, will back up No.1 goalie Zach Fucale.
Jacques, the Herd‚Äôs last pick (254th overall) in last June‚Äôs draft, also earned a spot on the club.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs got a nice story,‚ÄĚ said Ducharme. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs the last guy picked in the draft. He showed up here not looking back, but just thinking about the opportunity he had to show he can play in this league, and he did that.
‚ÄúWe like his composure on the ice. He‚Äôs smart. He‚Äôs played well.‚ÄĚ
Currently 17 forwards, 13 defencemen, and four goalies remain on the Mooseheads pre-season roster.