After showing big things last season as a rookie with 27 points in just 43 games, Thomas Auger is determined to take even more of a place in the success of the Moncton Wildcats. His start to the season bodes well.
With three goals and one assist in five games, not to mention his 19 shots on goal, Auger intends to impress in the coming months to convince NHL recruits that he’s worth it.
“I prepared well this summer to arrive here with confidence,” Auger said. I improved my throw a lot and also decided to throw more at goal. I was the guy who often made a pass too much last season.
“Teams have already started calling my agent (Jonathan Lachance) to hear more about me. I’m not the tallest and heaviest at 5-foot-8 and 155 pounds, but I’m not afraid to walk in traffic. It is important for me to engage in both areas,” reveals the 12th pick of the team in 2020, the 219th overall.
The young veteran Yoan Loshing, with eight points (2-6) in just five duels, also has a start to the season that lives up to his expectations. In fact, he himself believes that he can do better.
“There is always room for improvement,” he says. For example, I could throw even more at goal. I know I already have 18 shots on net, but I could have more.”
Losing also believes that the team is only one or two small changes away from being able to put up victories.
“Our big problem is that we get too many penalties. This is what hurts us the most. In Sherbrooke we held them but our lack of discipline cost us the game. Fortunately, it is a detail that is easy to fix,” adds the club’s top scorer.
Director of hockey operations Ritchie Thibeau has also confirmed the arrival of forward Cole Bishop, a 17-year-old big guy who has dual Canadian and American citizenship.
“He’s a 6-foot-1, 195-pound guy who isn’t done growing,” Thibeau points out. His brother (Stone Bishop) and father are both 6-foot-4 and over 200 pounds. We will give him time to acclimatize, but we believe he can be a good power forward with an offensive touch. Fingers crossed that we have found a Matt Marquardt. He really has a lot of potential.”
Drafted in 2021 (6th round, 105th) by the Niagara IceDogs, Bishop was recently released by his OHL team after playing six preseason games.
Shortly said… Originally from L’Ancienne-Lorette, the stronghold of his idol Patrice Bergeron, Thomas Auger is one of seven Wildcats color bearers who will be eligible next year, for the first time in the draft of the world’s best hockey circuit. The others are Mueller, Preston Lounsbury, Luke McPhee, Étienne Morin, Natan Grenier and newcomer Cole Bishop. Note that Auger, born in 2004, making him a “late” like Mueller… Auger is one of three players on the team who have been selected in the 10th round in 2020. The Wild Cats are known for make great finds at the end of the repetition. Christian Gaudet (2003), Zachary Malatesta (2013) and Sean Stewart (2017) are other good examples… The Wildcats host the Charlottetown Islanders and Halifax Mooseheads at the Avenir Center on Saturday and Sunday…