Sunday, June 29, 2014

Notebook: 17 QMJHL Players Drafted

A total of 17 QMJHL players were chosen in this year’s NHL Draft. Just one was selected in the first round while five were picked in the final round. Here is the full list:

9. Nikolaj Ehlers of the Halifax Mooseheads - Winnipeg Jets
33. Ivan Barbashev of the Moncton Wildcats - St-Louis Blues
34. Mason McDonald of the Charlottetown Islanders - Calgary Flames
48. Nicolas Aube-Kubel of the Val-d'Or Foreurs - Philadelphia Flyers
49. Vaclav Karabacek of the Gatineau Olympiques - Buffalo Sabres
102. Alexis Vanier of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar - San Jose Sharks
107. Julien Pelletier of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles - Columbus Blue Jackets
114. Alexis Pépin of the Gatineau Olympiques - Colorado Avalanche
127. Clark Bishop of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles - Carolina Hurricanes
140. Daniel Walcott of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada - New York Rangers
147. Daniel Audette of the Sherbrooke Phoenix - Montreal Canadiens
176. Samuel Blais of the Victoriaville Tigres - St-Louis Blues
183. Keven Bouchard of the Val-d'Or Foreurs - Edmonton Oilers
185. Cameron Darcy of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles - Tampa Bay Lightning
190. Francis Perron of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies - Ottawa Senators
197. Olivier Leblanc of the Saint John Sea Dogs - Columbus Blue Jackets
204. Julien Nantel of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies - Colorado Avalanche

95 – or 45% - of the 210 players chosen were from the CHL.

Olivier LeBlanc was the only Sea Dog selected in the NHL Draft, going 197th overall to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Some links on it:

Blue Jackets website: Bio Blast

Blue Jackets website: The Numbers Game: Olivier LeBlanc

Getty Images has some pictures of LeBlanc at the draft, which, for some odd reason, are not embeddable.

As Sea Dogs equipment manager David Kelly noted on Twitter, Liam Coughlin, the brother of former Sea Dog Kevin Coughlin, was a fifth-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers in this year’s draft.

Liam registered 18 goals and 27 assists in 53 games with the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers last year. The South Boston native is committed to play at Boston University next season.

Kevin played in 56 games with the Sea Dogs during their expansion season of 2005-06, registering 20 goals and 17 assists. He played two seasons with the Quebec Remparts prior to that.

Sea Dogs goaltending prospect/draft pick Joel Daccord went undrafted this weekend. He played with Cushing Academy last season and has yet to commit to a school or team.

SB Nation’s college hockey blog had a profile on Daccord this week. From their article:

Daccord's QMJHL rights are owned by the Saint John Sea Dogs and his USHL rights by the Omaha Lancers, but every indication is he will return to Cushing for his senior season. In a day and age where kids are committing earlier and earlier, it will be interesting to see what college program lands Daccord in the coming year.

Daccord was ranked 14th amongst North American goaltenders in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings.

The hype surrounding next year’s draft is large. While all eyes are on Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, there are other players available – including Saint John’s Nathan Noel.

Future Considerations released their early rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft and have the Sea Dogs centre listed at No. 27. Other QMJHL players ranked include Daniel Sprong, Nicolas Roy, and Jeremy Roy.

There is one more draft to go this summer – the CHL Import Draft. The annual import selection process will be held this Wednesday beginning at noon.

Following last year’s disappointment, the Sea Dogs will be looking to have a great import draft. The Dogs will be selecting 5th and 65th overall on Wednesday (this is assuming the team plans on using both picks, and it certainly appears like they will).

The Sarnia Sting have the first overall pick. The Quebec Remparts are the only QMJHL team in front of Saint John, picking second overall.

The Florida Panthers website has a solid article on the relationship between Jonathan Huberdeau and Gerard Gallant.

Howes played in 36 games with the Central Hockey League’s Brampton Beast last season and also played four games in Austria.

If you are into advanced hockey stats, Extra Skater has introduced CHL stats. Interesting stuff.

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