According to multiple online reports, undrafted defenseman Oliver Galipeau has signed an AHL contract with the Providence Bruins and will attend development camp with the Boston Bruins. Of course, Galipeau had already committed to attending camp with the Montreal Canadiens, but by signing with the team’s arch rival, that’s all out the window.
Defenceman Olivier Galipeau was scheduled to attend Montreal Canadians development camp, but has now signed an AHL contract with the Providence Bruins and will attend Boston Bruins development camp.
The 21 year old blue liner put up an incredible 25 goals and 74 points in 67 games split between the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s (QMJHL) Chicoutimi Sagueneens and Acadie-Bathurst Titan. The 6 foot, 1 inch, 210 pound Montreal, Quebec native was an absolute beast for the Titan in the QMJHL playoffs, putting up five goals and 20 points in 20 games en route to capturing the Canadian Hockey League’s (CHL) Memorial Cup.
After five seasons of junior hockey Galipeau is expected to turn pro in 2018-19 and could slot in nicely on the Providence Bruins’ defense corps next season. With his combination of size, speed and big game experience, Galipeau could be a very stealthy pick up by Bruins general manager Don Sweeney.
Check out Galipeau's scouting report courtesy of The Hockey Writers:
It was a breakout season offensively for fifth-year QMJHL veteran, Olivier Galipeau. The well-polished defenseman finished the 2017-18 regular season with 25 goals and 74 points, both of which were tops amongst all blueliners. The Montreal native generated plenty of chances for his Acadie-Bathurst Titan as he threw a career-high 271 shots on net, which eclipsed his previous career-best by more than 100.
Galipeau is widely recognized as a leader and good teammate but somehow has remained an underrated prospect. He was named captain of the Val d’Or Foreurs during his 18-year-0ld campaign and also captained the Chicoutimi Sagueneens to start 2017-18 before a midseason trade.
On the ice, the 6-foot-1 defender is solid in his own zone and is not afraid to play with an edge. The 20-year-old can throw the body to separate his opponents from the puck but also possesses a good active stick. A decent skater who can also get his shot through to the net, Galipeau has the skills required to make it to the next level.