Saturday, June 2, 2018

It's draft day

SHAWINIGAN, Que. - It's draft day in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

A new crop of players will be drafted into the league today. The Chicoutimi Sagueneens won the league's draft lottery and will select first overall. There's always the possibility of a trade, but it appears the Sags will be using the selection.

The Saint John Sea Dogs are scheduled to pick second overall - the first of three picks in the opening round. At this time, they are also scheduled to pick again at eighth (acquired in the Joe Veleno trade) and 15th (acquired yesterday in the Cedric Pare deal).

Here's a look at Saint John's full list of selections:

1st round: 2nd, 8th, 15th
2nd round: 29th
3rd round: 37th
4th round: 62nd, 67th
5th round: 82nd
6th round: 108th
7th round: 109th
8th round: 127th, 133rd
9th round: None
10th round: 163rd, 178th
11th round: None
12th round: 199th
13th round: 217th
14th round: 235th

The Sea Dogs have not picked in the opening round since 2016. The team has never picked second overall before but have, of course, selected first overall on several occasions.

This will be a key draft for the Sea Dogs, as this will set the base for the team's rebuild. Last season was more a year zero, while this will be year one of the build back to contention.

Fans can watch the draft beginning at 11 a.m. on TVA Sports or follow it through the usual social media channels.

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