Word from a number of sources on Twitter suggest the Flames have signed 21-year old QMJHL forward Louick Marcotte. The 6’1″, 200 pound RW was the leading scorer of the Gatineau Olympiques this year, managing 36 goals and 40 assists in 63 games.
Marcotte had a very steep development curve during his junior career. He wasn’t really on the radar in his draft season, managing just 22 points in 64 games. His numbers rapidly improved after that however, with jumps to 54, 100 and 76 points in each subsequent season. His turn as Anthony Mantha’s right hand man (which led to Marcotte’s 100 point season last year) finally caught the interest of some scouts, but it wasn’t enough to get him drafted.
Marcotte’s numbers as an overeager this season are good but not great. Most 21-year olds tend to dominate junior, so it’s an open question just how much weight to put on his offensive contributions.
That said, it’s a worthwhile gamble for the Flames. They lack RW talent in the organizational pipeline, so the cost of a ELC deal is a small one add to another body to the depth chart.
UPDATE: Indications are it’s an AHL deal right now.
Félicitations à notre ancien joueur, Louick Marcotte, pour son contrat avec le club école des Flames de Calgary !
— Olympiques Gatineau (@LesOlympiques) June 5, 2015
Google Translate: “Congratulations to our former player, Louick Marcotte for his contract with the club School Calgary Flames!”
Louick Marcotte s’est entendu avec le club-école des Flames de Calgary. Belle nouvelle.
— Mikaël Lalancette (@MLalancetteTVA) June 5, 2015
Google Translate: “Louick Marcotte has agreed with the farm team of the Calgary Flames. Beautiful new.”