ELMIRA, N.Y. – The Elmira Jackals announced today that they have agreed to terms with rookie forward Michael Beaudry and rookie defenseman Mathieu Gagnon for the 2013-14 season. Both skaters join the Jackals after junior careers in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Beaudry, 21, finished his junior career with a flourish last year. In 66 games combined between Val d’Or and Acadie-Bathurst, he racked up 81 points (34g-47a) and a +8 rating. Beaudry’s point total was good for 20th in the league while he also ranked 20th in goals and 19th in assists. In his QMJHL career, Beaudry earned 220 points (79g-141a) in 318 games.
Gagnon turns pro after finishing with 39 points (11g-28a) in 2012-13, which placed him 17th among QMJHL defensemen in scoring. The 6-0, 180-pound blueliner from Gatineau, Quebec had his best year in 2011-12 between Gatineau (40 games) and Chicoutimi (28 games) when he led QMJHL rearguards with 48 assists and finished second overall with 62 points. Gagnon recorded 30 or more points in each of his final three seasons of junior hockey and finished his career with 134 points (30g-104a) and a +24 rating over 225 games. He also helped lead Gatineau to the QMJHL final in 2011, and Chicoutimi to the semifinals in 2012. This past summer Gagnon showcased his talents at the Ottawa Senators’ annual development camp. While there he skated alongside former Jackals – and Senators prospects – Chris Wideman, Wacey Hamilton and Darren Kramer.