Report out of Quebec is that Omaha recruit William Rousseau has decided to play in the QMJHL.
Single report, so far.
Just last month (translation via Google):
Trois-Rivières - The Quebec Remparts will probably have to mourn William Rousseau.
The 16-year-old goaltender from Trois-Rivières was drafted by the Lincoln Stars in the USHL in the fifth round and plans to join them later this summer. "This is the plan," said Rousseau, who was invited by the Stars last February to visit the team’s facilities. "I loved this first contact. I knew that the interest was mutual. So I was not surprised to learn that they had drafted me today. This is great news for me. I can't wait to be there to try to make my way with the team. "
The doorman of the Midget AAA Estacades therefore confirms that his plan is to use the USHL to reach the NCAA. The university of Omaha-Nebraska with which he signed up for the 2021-22 campaign is not very far from the Lincoln Stars' quarters ... "It is not a coincidence. It will allow me to familiarize myself with the region. This is the perfect scenario for me. "
In Omaha, Rousseau wants to join the airline pilot program. His dream is to become the first hockey player to fly his team's plane! This decision to join Lincoln is a first step towards this dream! It remains to be seen, of course, how the situation of COVID-19 will evolve. Currently, the borders are closed. "Of course it is a bit worrisome. At the same time, I have no control over it. And there’s still quite a bit of time here in the camp. We'll see. If ever the plan has to be adjusted, we will do it. But right now, this is the one we’re following and I’m continuing to train off the ice three times a week so I’m ready when hockey can resume. ”
Rousseau may not be the only skater developed in Mauricie to defend the Stars' jersey. Joaquim Lemay of Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets was also drafted by this formation in the 11th round on Tuesday. In the case of Lemay, he had to line up in the BCHL at Salmon Arm next season but he should nonetheless take part in the Stars' camp before making a final decision. Like Rousseau, Lemay was developed by Denis Francoeur, and he too joined Omaha in the NCAA. His rights in the QMJHL belong to the Océanic. Last season, however, he preferred with Mount St. Charles Academy, an American prep school.
on twitter from Jerome Berube
More on Rousseau, with a bit of a political spin:
William Rousseau will be a Remparts
Trois-Rivières - William Rousseau will finally play in the QMJHL next season.
The 17-year-old goaltender, who was scheduled to report to Lincoln in the USHL this fall in order to make the jump to Omaha in the NCAA in two years, turned around this week.
The reflection of the Rousseau family had been going on for a few weeks already. The Remparts director-manager and head coach, Patrick Roy, fueled this reflection earlier this week by relaunching them. At the end of the process, Wednesday evening, the grandson of ex-Canadian Robert Rousseau chose to change course.
“William is disappointed and happy at the same time. Disappointed to give up his dream of going to the United States. It was the plan, but a plan can change along the way. William always knew he had two great options ahead of him. The Remparts were very professional in their approach too. And the circumstances mean that it is that of the major junior who has the upper hand. ", Explains his father, Pierre Rousseau.
These circumstances are largely the addition of the damage caused by COVID-19. “The borders are still closed at the moment, who knows when they will open? It's also impossible to know when the hockey leagues will get the green light. There is a lot of uncertainty ... "
The other factor is the social climate in the United States right now. "It brews a lot on the other side. Lincoln, it’s a quiet little town but you never know how it’s going to end. There are American elections coming up in November, let's say the situation is not very stable. The truth is that as a father, I’m not comfortable sending William there right now, "he said.
That doesn't mean that the doorman of the Estacades midget AAA should abandon his plan b to become an airplane pilot. The Remparts have done what it takes to secure a scholarship that will give him access to this expensive course. "Now that the process is complete, William can turn the page and get ready to join the Remparts. It’s a great challenge for him.
I am more interested in some of the forwards, like Maltais, than Rousseau. I don't think the goaltender situation gets out in front of us until the 2021/2022 because I think Roden can carry the ball as well as Saville. I could be all wrong, I just liked a lot of what I saw in him. The last game of the year notwithstanding, the kid has promise. At forward, I still think we need "those guys" that can go hard to the next and bury one. I watched a bunch of video, have some favorites, but only time will tell.
I was excited to see Rousseau come it. I don't have information on him, no scouting report. But if the QMJHL, and specifically Patrick Roy, has eyes on him -- your level of intrigue has to peak a bit.
My fear isn't Roden shouldering the load, should Saville bolt for the pro ranks. Rodes and Savvy proved to be equals. If they both continued to develop at a similar level, Roden will turn out to be a find... and a four-year guy.
My fear is having three goalies in the same class. Now, I believe we've staggered Zab out of that with a red-shirt. But I've also heard a rumor that Zab is never going to play.
Rousseau's recruitment showed us that Gabinet knows he will have to keep a goaltending recruit in the chamber. It's worth noting that Gabinet was on the 2003-04 team that lost Dan Ellis unexpectedly, brought in Chris Holt early, then lost Brian Haaland -- which nearly forced them to bring in Eric Aarnio a year early.
Yeah, there wasn’t a lot of press on him but his numbers, with exception of a tournament looked pretty darn good. And I agree, if Saville does go, that does leave us with one goaltender of experience. Zab just doesn’t have the time between the pipes, especially at this level. I expect we will hear more over the coming months, I really want hockey again. Honestly a little lost without it.