Screaming Eagles select 13 players at QMJHL Entry Draft

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The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles were busy during the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Entry Draft, selecting 13 players in Sherbrooke, Que., on Saturday.

The club drafted six forwards, four defenceman and three goaltenders. Eleven of the players were born in 1999, while two were born in 1998.

With the fourth overall pick, the Screaming Eagles drafted 6-0, 162-pound forward Shane Bowers of the Halifax MacDonalds of the Nova Scotia Eastlink Major Midget Hockey League. In 34 regular season games, the 15-year-old recorded 23 goals and 29 assists for 52 points and 24 penalty minutes. The Halifax, N.S., native also added 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points in 17 playoff games. He also led the league in goals (23), points (52), and was the NSEMMHL’s most valuable player.

Meanwhile, two picks later with the sixth overall pick, Cape Breton selected 5-8, 154-pound forward Peyton Hoyt of the Fredericton Canadiens of the New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Major Midget Hockey League. In 30 regular season games, the 16-year-old from Lincoln, N.B., posted 29 goals and nine assists for 38 points and 30 penalty minutes.

In the second round, the Screaming Eagles would make a trade, sending 18-year-old defenceman Bradley Lalonde and a third-round pick, 42nd overall, to the Victoriaville Tigres in exchange for 18-year-old forward Jordan Ty Fournier and a second-round pick, 22nd overall.

With the 22nd overall pick, the team selected 5-9, 153-pound goaltender Kyle Jessiman of the Châteauguay Grenadiers of the Quebec Midget ‘AAA’ Hockey League. In 32 regular season games, the 16-year-old native of Châteauguay, Que., posted a record of 18 wins and 12 losses along with a goals-against-average of 2.59 and a save percentage of 0.912. He also led the Grenadiers to the Telus Cup final.

In the third round, the Screaming Eagles had two selections.

With the 40th overall pick, Cape Breton drafted 6-0, 178-pound defenceman Sacha Roy of the Magog Cantonniers of the Quebec Midget ‘AAA’ Hockey League. In 39 regular season games, the 16-year-old from Cookshire, Que., recorded three assists along with posting 91 penalty minutes.

Meanwhile, with the 50th overall selection, the Screaming Eagles selected Roy’s teammate, 6-3, 176-pound blue-liner Alexis Sansfacon of the Magog Cantonniers. In 42 regular season games, the 16-year-old native of Shawinigan, Que., posted 11 assists, and four penalty minutes.

After not having a pick in round four, the team would make its next selection in round five, 88th overall.

With the pick, the club drafted 6-1, 197-pound goaltender Vincent Dubuc of the Jonquière Élites of the Quebec Midget ‘AAA’ Hockey League. In 21 regular season games, the 16-year-old native of St-Valérien-de-Milton, Que., posted a record of nine wins and nine losses along with a goals-against-average of 3.65 and a save percentage of 0.857.

In round six, Cape Breton selected 5-8, 146-pound forward Drake Batherson of the Valley Wildcats of the Nova Scotia Eastlink Major Midget Hockey League. In 34 regular season game, the 16-year-old from Antigonish, N.S., recorded 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points and 44 penalty minutes. Batherson was named to the NSEMMHL’s first all-star team this past season.

The team wouldn’t make another pick until the eighth round, 133rd overall.

With the pick, the team drafted 5-11, 165-pound forward Logan O’Neil of the Cape Breton Tradesmen of the Nova Scotia Eastlink Major Midget Hockey League. In 34 regular season games this season, the 16-year-old native of Coxheath, N.S., posted 11 goals and 26 assists for 37 points and 34 penalty minutes. O’Neil was named to the NSEMMHL’s rookie all-star team this past year.

After not having a pick in the ninth round, Cape Breton would make two selections in round 10.

With the 164th overall pick, the Screaming Eagles would select 6-0, 172-pound defenceman Connor MacLeod of the Newbridge Academy Gladiators of the Nova Scotia Eastlink Major Midget Hockey League. The 15-year-old East Hants native appeared in 34 games this past season, recording one goal and five assists for six points and 30 penalty minutes.

Meanwhile, with the 171st overall pick, the club drafted 6-0, 170-pound goaltender Alex Zafonte of St. Sebastian’s School in Massachusetts. No stats were available for the Concord, MA, native.

In round 12, Cape Breton drafted 5-10, 170-pound forward Michaël Marleau of the Châteauguay Grenadiers of the Quebec Midget ‘AAA’ Hockey League with the 205th overall pick. In 40 games this season, the 17-year-old notched 15 goals and 13 assists for 28 points and 32 penalty minutes.

With the 223rd overall pick, the team selected 5-10, 170-pound defenceman Jake Gresh from Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut. In 26 games this season, the 17-year-old native of Avon, CT, posted five assists.

The Screaming Eagles final selection came with the 241st overall pick in round 14. The team would draft 5-7, 157-pound forward Avery Warner of the Cape Breton West Islanders of the Nova Scotia Eastlink Major Midget Hockey League. In 30 regular season games this season, 16-year-old native of Port Hawkesbury, N.S., posted 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points and 29 penalty minutes. He was named to the NSEMMHL’s rookie all-star team this past season.

Besides the entry draft, Cape Breton completed five trades.

Friday, June 5, 2015:

To Cape Breton: Alexandre Ranger (95-08-18) and third-round pick, 50th overall, in 2015
To Chicoutimi: first-round pick, 19th overall, in 2015, second-round pick, 36th overall, in 2015, and third-round pick, 55th overall, in 2015

To Moncton: Rights to Zachary Fortin (95-03-25)
To Cape Breton: 10th round pick, 164th overall, in 2015 (Via Bathurst)

To Cape Breton: second-round pick in 2017
To Sherbrooke: fourth-round pick in 2017 (Via Sherbrooke)

To Val-d’Or: fifth-round pick in 2016
To Cape Breton: 12th-round pick in 2016 (Via Cape Breton)

Saturday, June 6, 2015:

To Cape Breton: Jordan Ty Fournier (97-04-04), and second-round pick, 22nd overall, in 2015
To Victoriaville: Bradley Lalonde (97-08-01), and third-round pick, 42nd overall, in 2015

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