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2019 QMJHL Draft: The best of the East (Part 2 of 2)

For executives, players and fans alike, the annual QMJHL Draft remains one of the most exciting days on the hockey calendar.

This weekend at Quebec’s Videotron Center, the next group of future stars will be welcomed into the league. Today, in the second half of our two-part feature, we’ll take a look at a number of players from the Atlantic Provinces that rate among the top prospects for this year’s event.

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Cameron Whynot – Defenseman
Birthplace – Kentville, NS
Date of Birth – May 5, 2003
Height – 6 ft, 1 in
Weight – 167 lbs
2018-19 Team – Valley Wildcats (NSMMHL – Midget AAA)

The top ranked defenseman in this year’s draft, Whynot truly was a jack of all trades for his midget squad, anchoring a defense that finished mid-pack in goals against and leading the charge for an offense that struggled throughout the season.

Whynot, who still finished tops among rearguards with 40 points in 35 games, was awarded the league’s Defenseman of the Year Award. One of the rare 15-year-old blueliners that can truly dictate the pace of a game, his strong physical presence may have resulted in 93 penalty minutes, good for third in the Nova Scotia Major Midget AAA League, but is also testament to a well-rounded style that should translate well to the major junior level. Whynot will be aiming to become the first Nova-Scotia native to become the top defenseman selected in the QMJHL since Jared McIsaac went second overall to the Halifax Mooseheads in 2016.


CSR on Cameron Whynot

“Cameron is a defenceman who loves to control the game. He has confidence in his abilities and remains calm when under pressure. He has a good shot; it is powerful and accurate. Most of his team’s offense rests on his shoulders. He is physically strong which allows him to win his battles along the boards.”

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Oscar Plandowski – Defenseman
Birthplace – Halifax, NS
Date of Birth – May 18, 2003
Height – 5 ft, 11 in
Weight – 169 lbs
2018-19 Team – Selects Hockey Academy U-15 (Midget)

The second-highest rated Nova Scotia native in this year’s CSR rankings, Oscar Plandowski could be the perfect fit for any team looking to add a dynamic offensive defenseman as a building block.

A champion in bantam with the OHA Edmonton program in 2017-18, Plandowski made his way to Connecticut’s South Kent School and the Selects Hockey Academy squad last year. He would finish the campaign as the team’s top scoring blueliner, using his strong transition game and mobility to register 53 points, including 45 assists, in 48 games. He would also represent Team Nova Scotia at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta, producing four points in six games.


CSR on Oscar Plandowski

“Oscar is the smoothest defenceman in this draft and his mobility, mixed with his high sense of play, allow him to be effective in all game situations. His offensive skills make him a reliable defenceman during transition games, who likes to attack as you can see from his 53 points in 48 games this season with the Selects Hockey Academy.”

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Cam MacDonald – Forward
Birthplace – Hammonds Plains, NS
Date of Birth – May 4, 2003
Height – 6 ft, 1 in
Weight – 177 lbs
2018-19 Team – Selects Hockey Academy U-15 (Midget)

It goes without saying that if you have the ability to put up 126 points in a season at any level, you’re going to get noticed.

This is exactly what Cam MacDonald, a projected second-round selection in this week’s QMJHL Draft, accomplished in 52 games with the Selects Hockey Academy’s program. That, along with his 72 goals, not only topped his own squad, it earned him one of the top statistical seasons for a Midget-aged player in any league in North America. Top-level numbers are nothing new to MacDonald, who used his size and natural skill to produce a 50-goal season back in his second year of Bantam hockey, a campaign that saw him capture a league title with the Halifax Gulls.


CSR on Cam MacDonald

“Cam also had quite a season on the U.S. side. He is a natural scorer and can easily spot his teammates to advance the game offensively. He is a good skater for a player of his size and can also play a physical style of play. He is tough to beat along the boards and likes to settle in front of the opposing net.”

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