Monday, June 21, 2021

Notebook: It's QMJHL Entry Draft week

The 2021 QMJHL Entry Draft is just a few days away.

With the draft being virtual for a second straight year (and hopefully for the final time), it feels kind of quiet compared to normal years. A lot of the trade buzz happened a few weeks ago and now we wait to see what actually unfolds over the next few days.
The first-round of the draft will be held on Friday night and will be broadcast on the league's YouTube channel. Rounds 2-14 and the two-round American draft will take place the next day.

The CHL Import Draft will be held on Wednesday, June 30.

The QMJHL very quietly announced its rookie all-star team last week.

Sea Dogs forward Peter Reynolds cracked the lineup after recording 15 goals and 16 assists in 33 regular season games. His 31 points placed him in a tie for second most points amongst QMJHL rookies.

Reynolds added a goal and three assists in six playoff games.

Also making the rookie all-star team were forwards Justin Cote of the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Antoine Verreault of the Gatineau Olympiques; defensmen Tristan Luneau of the Olympiques and Evan Nause of the Quebec Remparts; and goaltender Chad Arsenault of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Peter Reynolds was ranked 147th overall in Cory Pronman's top-151 prospects list for the 2021 NHL Draft, which was posted last week on The Athletic.

Pronman's review of Reynolds was not overly positive, writing "Reynolds’ skill gives him a chance to play in the NHL, but he’s a small, low-pace player which likely won’t translate."

Former Sea Dogs forward Joshua Roy was ranked 97th.

18-year-old forward Coleman Jenkins, selected eighth overall by the Sea Dogs in last year's QMJHL American Draft, has committed to Holy Cross University in Worcester, MA.
A native of Mansfield, MA, Jenkins recorded six goals and six assists in 26 games with the Boston Jr. Bruins this past season.

17-year-old forward Ben MacDonald, Saint John's other pick in last year's American Draft, has not officially committed to any NCAA program.

Former Sea Dogs forward Cole Reginato has been placed on the Huntsville Havoc's protected list for the 2021-22 season, reports the Cape Breton Post.

The 23-year-old recorded a goal and two assists in 10 Southern Professional Hockey League regular season games along with 30 penalty minutes. He was held pointless in two playoff games.

Reginato missed the 2019-20 season with the Acadia Axemen due to injury rehab.

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