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Jan 9, 2007, 1:34 PM EST


ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. (CP) - The highest-scoring defenceman in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is on his way to Rouyn-Noranda.

The Huskies have acquired Mathieu Carle from the Acadie-Bathurst Titan for defenceman Marc-Antoine Desnoyers and second-and third-round picks in the 2007 draft. The move was the biggest deal in advance of Monday's QMJHL trade deadline. The Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League deadlines are Wednesday.

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles also made a splash, adding star defenceman and Canadian junior gold medallist Luc Bourdon from Moncton. In return, the Wildcats receive defenceman Mark Barberio and a first-rounder in 2007.

Carle, a Montreal Canadiens prospect, leads all blue-liners with 12 goals and 40 assists in 38 games. The 19-year-old's arrival makes the Huskies (24-15-2-4) instant favourites in the Telus Division, where they share the division lead with the Val-d'Or Foreurs.

"It is an excellent acquisition," Huskies head coach and general manager Andre Tourigny said in a statement on the team's website. "(Carle) is excellent defensively and offensively, he has experience and he wants to win."

Tourigny said the deal sends a clear message that his team is making a push for the QMJHL title.

"We are serious and determined," Tourigny said. "This transaction is a sign of confidence towards our players."

Desnoyers, 17, had five goals, 13 assists and 68 penalty minutes in 40 games with the Huskies, who also sent forward Benoit Levesque to Drummondville for a fourth-round pick in 2008.

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