Five players with connections to the Saint John Sea Dogs were taken in Saturday’s Maritime Junior Hockey League Draft.
The players picked were:
Round 2, Pick 3 – Antoine Landry (Woodstock Slammers)
Round 2, Pick 10 – Bailey Webster (Truro Bearcats)
Round 5, Pick 10 – Matthew Highmore (Truro Bearcats)
Territorial 2, Pick 8 – Alexander McQuaid (Amherst Ramblers)
Territorial 2, Pick 9 – Joey Richard (Yarmouth Mariners)
Of the five, only Highmore, Saint John’s top pick in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft, played with the Sea Dogs last season. Landry (Round 9), Webster (Round 7), McQuaid (Round 4), and Richard (Round 3) were all picks of the Dogs in the 2013 ‘Q’ draft that was held a couple weeks ago.
Yarmouth was pleased to pick Richard on draft day.
"Richard is a phenomenal player," Mariners Head Coach and GM Laurie Barron told CJLS. "Maybe the most gifted player of all the Midget prospects. A lot of teams stayed away from him because they thought he was going to the QMJHL for sure. We aren't worried about that. If he happens to go to the Quebec League, then maybe we'll see him as a 19 or 20 year old. We feel Joey is a kid that will step in and be a top line player if we get him."
Bearcats head coach and general manager Shawn Evans told the Truro Daily News that Highmore was a “flyer” pick. He also took Cape Breton Screaming Eagle Zach Moody.
“We’re not sure if we’ll get them here, but they’ll be very nice players if we ever do,” Evans said.