Monday, December 23, 2013 Releases First Rankings released their first rankings for the 2014 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft on Saturday.

Ranked No. 1 is American defenseman Chad Krys of the New Jersey Rockets. Forward Mitchell Balmas of the Cape Breton Tradesmen is the top ranked Atlantic Canadian, coming in at No. 2. Defenseman Michael Campoli of the Lac St-Louis Lions rounded out the top three.

Balmas currently sits second in Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League scoring with 15 goals and 38 points in 20 games with the Tradesmen. He’ll be paying with Nathan Noel, Will Thompson, and the rest of Team Atlantic at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge later this month on Cape Breton.

It’s looking like a pretty good year for Nova Scotians at the draft.’s top 10 rankings can be found on their website.

The Sea Dogs sit 17th overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and are nine points back of the 16th-place Sherbrooke Phoenix who hold the final playoff spot. The teams that finish 17th and 18th miss the playoffs and will be involved in a coin toss to see who selects first overall at the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft in June.


  1. Notwithstanding a ootential auger trade do we hold more than one first rd pick from prior trades?