Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Oh yeah, the Draft

SAINT JOHN - Lost in the Saint John Sea Dogs' Memorial Cup run is that the QMJHL Entry Draft is just days away - and it will be held at Harbour Station for the first time.

The annual Entry Draft takes place this Saturday in Saint John. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. with the show beginning at 9:45 a.m. Admission is free. Rogers TV will also have live coverage.

Just like the NHL Draft, the first round is a drawn out process, with picks coming up on stage and posing for pictures with team staff. The rest of the rounds go much quicker.

Like most President Cup champions, the Sea Dogs emptied the draft pick cupboards in order to load up for a run. At this time, Saint John is not scheduled to pick until the third round.

Here's where Saint John is currently picking, according to the league website:

Round 3, 55th overall
Round 4, 63rd overall
Round 4, 73rd overall
Round 6, 104th overall
Round 6, 109th overall
Round 8, 145th overall
Round 9, 163rd overall
Round 10, 164th overall
Round 11, 183rd overall
Round 11, 199th overall
Round 12, 201st overall
Round 12, 210th overall
Round 12, 217th overall
Round 13, 235th overall
Round 14, 253rd overall

If the Sea Dogs don't pick until the third round, it would be the latest the team has ever made its first selection. Saint John has never picked later than the second round.

The Sea Dogs will no doubt try and move up, especially with the team hosting the Draft.

The Rimouski Oceanic will pick first overall, followed by the Sherbrooke Phoenix and Moncton Wildcats.

Forward Alexis Lafreniere is expected to be taken first overall.

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