SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Sea Dogs are proud and excited to add 15 new players to the organization in today’s 2017 Quebec Major Hockey League Entry Draft.
Saint John chose 12 forwards, two defencemen and one goaltender in the annual selection process, held today at Harbour Station.
“Our scouts worked hard all year, saw thousands of games and put together our list (of potential draft picks),” said President and General Manager Trevor Georgie. “We were able to get seven players that were in our top-60, so I’m really, really proud of that. We were able to make some moves to get some more picks. We are really pleased.”
Georgie also praised the work of the draft’s Saint John organizing committee.
Complete results of the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft can be found HERE.
The Sea Dogs were scheduled to begin their day with a third-round selection at 55th overall, but instead traded that pick and a 2018 sixth-round choice to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in exchange for the 52nd overall selection.
Saint John selected defenceman Brendan Sibley. The 16-year-old spent last season with his hometown Dartmouth Steele Subaru Midget AAA team in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League (NSMMHL), where he totaled three goals and 18 points in 37 games. Listed at 5’10.25″ and 162 lbs., he added one goal and eight points in 11 playoff games.
“He’s a defenceman our scouts really liked,” Georgie said. “He’s a player they identified much higher than where we got him, so we’re thrilled to get him. We interviewed him (Friday) as well. He’s a nice, quality young man. Good leadership ability, well-spoken.”
Two new additions came in the fourth round.
Forward Aiden MacIntosh was selected 63rd overall from the Moncton Flyers of the New Brunswick/PEI Major Midget Hockey League (NBPEIMMHL). The Moncton-native registered 11 goals and 25 points in 35 regular season games. The 16-year-old, listed at 5’11” and 195 lbs., nine goals and 15 points in ten playoff games.
Ten picks later, at 73rd overall, Saint John chose left winger Max-Antoine Melancon from the Magog Cantonniers of the Ligue de Hockey Midget AAA Quebec (LHMAAAQ). The 16-year-old from Drummondville, 6’1″ and 192 lbs., posted ten goals and 14 points in 40 games.
The Sea Dogs acquired two selections in the fifth round in a trade with Rimouski, which sent fourth-, fifth- and seventh-round choices in 2018 to the Oceanic.
Saint John used the 83rd overall pick to add centre Lynden Breen, a native of Grand Bay-Westfield. Listed at 5’8″ and 146 lbs., the 16-year-old had 22 goals and 49 points in 34 games with New Hampton Prep School in New Hampshire.
Tim Noble came with the 87th overall choice. A forward from St. John’s, Noble played 30 games with the St. John’s Maple Leafs of the Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League (NLMMHL), where he netted 18 goals and 38 points in 30 games and three assists in two playoff games. The 17-year-old is listed at 6’1″ and 188 lbs.
The Sea Dogs returned to New Brunswick with their first of two picks in the sixth round, securing forward Jeremie Jacob from the Moncton Flyers (MBPEIMMHL) at 104th overall. The product of Dieppe totaled eight goals and 27 points in 31 games and tacked on five goals and 15 points in ten playoff games.
Zachary Leclerc was selected with the final pick in the sixth round at 109th overall. The defenceman from Sainte-Catherine, Quebec, had three goals and 23 points in 40 games with the College Charles-Lemoyne Riverains (LHMAAAQ).
The only goaltender taken was Stewart Bagnell in the eighth round, 145th overall. The Halifax-native, who turns 16 in July, played 21 games with Dartmouth (NSMMHL), sporting a record of 16-5, with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.
Saint John went back to Dartmouth for its ninth-round choice, nabbing centre Luke Wilson at 163rd overall. A 16-year-old from Bedford, Nova Scotia, Wilson had seven goals and 20 points in 38 games with Steele Subaru.
With the very next pick, the Sea Dogs snared 16-year-old centre Josh MacDonald from the Charlottetown Pride (NBPEIMMHL) to open the tenth round, 164th overall. The product of Cornwall, Prince Edward Island, posted seven goals and 29 points in 35 games.
Another centre, Justin Hryckowian, was selected in the eleventh round, 183rd overall. The 16-year-old from Pierrefonds, Quebec, had eight goals and 26 points in 40 games with the Lac St-Louis Lions (LHMAAAQ).
To close the eleventh round, Saint John grabbed forward Shawn Milord at 199th overall. The 16-year-old picked up 15 goals and 44 points in 28 games for Ecole Verbe-Divin M18 of the Ligue de Hockey Prepatoire Scolaire (LHPS) in Quebec.
Saint John concluded its draft with three selections in the twelfth round.
The Sea Dogs found forward Daniel Surette at 201st overall as the fourth player selected from Dartmouth (NSMMHL). The 16-year-old from Sackville, Nova Scotia, a posted ten goals and 18 points in 38 games for Steele Subaru.
The first of two American players came with the 210th overall selection, forward Patrick Moynihan. The native of Millis, Massachusetts, had 16 goals and 35 points in 27 games for the Noble and Greenough Bulldogs Prep School in Dedham, south of Boston.
The club’s final pick was centre Robby Griffin, the last selection in the twelfth round at 217th overall. The product of Burlington, Massachusetts, posted 20 goals and 68 points in 40 games for the Boston Jr. Bruins U16 team.
Saint John passed on selections in the thirteenth and fourteenth rounds.
Written by Tim Roszell