Winless, but not hopeless. That’s life right now as Acadie-Bathurst Titan.
0-6-2-3, 24 goals for, 41 goals against. You can look at all the numbers and the win column or you can look at the big picture.
The big picture may be difficult to focus on right now and it’s no doubt hard for Titan fans to do especially when they haven’t seen their club post a win at the KC Irving Regional Centre in over a year.
Nevertheless, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan will start to posting wins very soon.
Two years removed from an epic championship journey to the pinnacle of Junior hockey supremacy, the Titan are starting to build towards something special.
Sure you can look at the big goose egg in the win column or you can look the young talent and culture the franchise is establishing.
The Titan certainly have all the right pieces in place, but more importantly they have all the right people in place from behind the scenes, to behind the bench, Sylvain Couturier knows how to build a winner.
The Titan Coaching Staff have the right blend of experience, passion, and charisma that it takes to teach, develop, and hold players accountable.
Winless, but certainly not hopeless, that’s the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.
There’s no question Couturier, Assistant General Manager Roger Shannon, Durocher and Head Scout Andre Levesque have a plan in place.
That group has been around Junior hockey long enough to know that it will take time, patience and persistence to build a winner.
The savvy veterans will definitely execute their plan of attack by the letter. You can guarantee they won’t deviate from the plan, and in many ways that plan is already in full effect.
The Titan had a fantastic Draft in June selecting a young core that will be the foundation of the organization for years to come.
Cole Huckins, Riley Kidney, Tristan Roy, Zach Biggar and sleeper picks Joshua Nadeau and Marc Andre Gaudet will be stars in the league in a very short time.
Huckins, Roy and Kidney have adjusted very well so far in their young QMJHL careers.
Durocher’s coaching style, philosophy and willingness to immerse young talent into the line up and play them in all situations will pay dividends for the organization moving forward.
Biggar will probably find his way to the Q after the Trade Period and will be another great two-way presence on Titan’s backend. Highly skilled diminutive gamebreaker Josh Nadeau is still a year away, but has the potential to be one best overagers in the league when the time comes.
The future is very bright for the Titan, but what about the present?
The Titan have played in countless close games this season and are coming up just short.
Clearly the Titan won’t get any sympathy from the league, and many critics in the hockey world look at one goal losses as just “a losing teams” way of justification, but the Titan have surprised a lot of good teams this season with their compete level and team structure.
The Titan are certainly not a push over or an easy two points.
You can bet your ass the young Titan will come to play every night.
That’s culture, that’s how you build a winner.
Try to look beyond the numbers, look beyond the lack of W’s right now and you will see the blueprint of a potential Champion.
The Titan have a few players on their current roster that several teams will interested come the QMJHL Trade Period. Shawn Element, Anderson MacDonald and Logan Chisholm and Liam Leonard will no doubt be on several teams radar.
The Titan brain trust will be banking on acquiring more draft picks and roster players coming back at June’s Draft.