19 QMJHL Players Selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today announced that 19 of its players were selected in the seven rounds of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. In all 99 Canadian Hockey League players were picked, representing nearly 47% of the 211 drafted players. The Chicago Blackhawks (Dillon Fournier & Brandon Whitney) and Phoenix Coyotes (James Melindy & Justin Haché) chose 2 QMJHL players each, whilst QMJHL teams with most players drafted by NHL teams were: The Quebec Remparts with 3 and des Chicoutimi Saguenéens, Rimouski Océanic et Shawinigan Cataractes with 2 each.
Of the 99 players selected, the Ontario Hockey League leads the way with 48 players which represents a modern draft record and their highest total since 1999 when 52 OHL players were picked in the nine-round draft process.  This season the Western Hockey League had 32 players selected
“On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League I would like to congratulate all of our players and their families as they celebrate this special day and look forward to professional careers,” said CHL President David Branch.  “I would also like to congratulate all CHL teams who continue to work together to see that the CHL remains the number one development league in the world.”
The 99 players included 18 selected in the first round beginning with Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting who became the sixth straight CHL player to be chosen first overall when he was picked by the Edmonton Oilers.  Ryan Murray of the Everett Silvertips was the secondoverall pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets and one of five WHL defencemen selected in the top-eight picks and among the record-tying 13 defencemen that were chosen in the first round matching the 1996 Entry Draft.  The Sting’s Alex Galchenyuk was the third overall pick to the Montreal Canadiens and alongside Yakupov became just the fourth pair of teammates to be selected in the top-three picks following the Sedin twins in 1999, Wilf Paiement and Rick Hampton of St. Catharines in 1974, along with Rejean Houle and Marc Tardif of the Montreal Jr. Canadiens in 1969.
CHL Players Selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft:
First Round (1 QMJHL Player):
12. Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec Remparts) – Buffalo Sabres
Second Round (4 QMJHL Players):
46.  Raphael Bussieres (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) – Minnesota Wild
48.  Dillon Fournier (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies) – Chicago Blackhawks
49.  Martin Frk (Halifax Mooseheads) – Detroit Red Wings
57.  Alexandre Mallet (Rimouski Oceanic) – Vancouver Canucks
Third Round (1 QMJHL Player):
99.  James Melindy (Moncton Wildcats) – Phoenix Coyotes
Fourth Round (4 QMJHL Players):
101. Cedric Paquette (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) – Tampa Bay Lightning
103. Loic Leduc (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) – New York Islanders
108. Andrew O’Brien (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) – Anaheim Ducks
109. Christophe Lalancette (Acadie-Bathurst Titan) – San Jose Sharks
Fifth Round (3 QMJHL Players):
122. Charles Hudon (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) – Montreal Canadiens
124. Ryan Culkin (Quebec Remparts) – Calgary Flames
146. Francois Tremblay (Val-d’Or Foreurs) – St. Louis Blues
Sixth Round (4 QMJHL Players):
166. Francois Brassard (Quebec Remparts) – Ottawa Senators
171. Tomas Hyka (Gatineau Olympiques) – Los Angeles Kings
173. Anton Zlobin (Val-d’Or Foreurs) – Pittsburgh Penguins
174. Francis Beauvillier (Rimouski Oceanic) – Florida Panthers
Seventh Round (2 QMJHL Players):
191. Brandon Whitney (Victoriaville Tigres) – Chicago Blackhawks
208. Justin Hache (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) – Phoenix Coyotes
For complete results from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft please visit

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