A member of the Saint John Vito’s could be one of the top players chosen in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft.
HockeyProspect.com unveiled their QMJHL Entry Draft rankings for December on Wednesday. Vito's forward Anderson MacDonald, a 2000-born Quispamsis native, was ranked sixth overall.
MacDonald leads the Vito's in scoring this season with 13 goals and 25 points in 18 games.
Only three players from Atlantic Canada were ranked in HockeyProspect.com’s top 10 – Cole Harbour defenseman Jared McIsaac (2nd), MacDonald (6th) and PEI-native d-man Noah Dobson (10th) of the Red Bull U-18 team.
HockeyProspect.com has the top 50 players ranked for the draft. The top 10 can be viewed for free.
In other news…
- The Sea Dogs already have the top 2000-born player available on their roster – Joe Veleno. The forward being granted exceptional player status was Sportsnet’s sixth biggest junior hockey story of the year.
- The return of Daniel Sprong certainly hurts Saint John’s drafting, assuming the Isles keep the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect. Saint John owns Charlottetown’s first round pick, a pick that will no doubt lower on the draft board thanks to Sprong. Charlottetown currently sits 17th overall, which would put Saint John into the draft lottery – again.
- Speaking of Sprong, he and the Islanders visit Saint John on New Year’s Eve for a 7 p.m. matchup.
- Sea Dogs defenseman Luke Green went on The Pipeline Show last week.
- Dobber Hockey has a big preview up on Team Canada’s world junior team.
- Dobber Hockey also looked at some of the key players playing with the European teams. On Jakub Zboril: “Zboril will play huge minutes and be counted on to shutdown opposing top attackers but also chip in offensively. Expectations are high and so will his workload.”
- We don’t get to link to BuzzFeed on here too often, so here’s the tale of a Rothesay resident that is not happy with the town’s new outdoor rink.
- Merry Christmas and happy world junior eve.