Wildcats select 14 players at QMJHL draft
The Moncton Wildcats selected 14 players at the 2015 QMJHL draft Saturday, June 6, in Sherbrooke, Que.
The breakdown was eight forwards, three defencemen, and three goaltenders for a total of 14 players added.
The Wildcats selected all 1999-born players with the exception of third round pick Michael O’Leary, who is a 1998-born prospect.
Moncton was scheduled to make its first pick at 21st overall, but made a deal with the Victoriaville Tigres, sending away that pick in exchange for a 2016 first-round choice.
The Wildcats would make their initial selection at 29th overall and went with Mika Cyr.
The five-foot-seven, 153-pound forward spent last season with the Fredericton Canadiens of the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League. In 34 games he recorded 31 goals and 19 assists to lead the league in points. He also played with the New Brunswick Canada Games team this winter and had five points in seven games in that competition.
Moncton made three picks in the third round and it started with O’Leary at 52nd overall. The forward from Halifax, N.S., was originally a first round choice of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles last year, but chose not to report. He played high school hockey in the United States last season and had nine goals and 17 assists in 29 games with Salisbury School. He is currently committed to attending Cornell University for the 2016-17 season.
With the 54th overall pick, the Cats took forward Ethan Crossman. He would be the first of three players the Cats took that played with the Notre Dame Hounds Midget AAA program in Saskatchewan last season. He recorded seven goals and 19 assists in 26 games, along with six points in seven games for New Brunswick at the Canada Games.
The native of Sackville, N.B., has a commitment to attend the University of Maine for the 2017-18 season.
With the very next selection the Wildcats chose defenceman Alex Lavoie. He had two goals and nine assists in 23 games with the Fredericton Canadiens last season. He was also a member of New Brunswick’s Canada Games team, picking up three points in seven games.
Moncton had one pick in the fourth round and selected defenceman Jonathan Aspirot at 69th overall. He played prep school hockey in Quebec last season with Ulysse.
Jeremy McKenna was the Wildcats fifth round pick at 86they overall. They dealt a third-round pick in 2017 to Val-d’Or in order to acquire this selection.
The Summerside, P.E.I., native played with Notre Dame last season and had 10 goals and 15 assists in 37 games. He also had an astounding eight goals and 15 assists in six games with the P.E.I., Canada Games team.
Two goaltenders were selected by Moncton in the sixth round of the draft.
First it was Jack Grant of the Fredericton Canadiens who was taken with the 105th overall pick. He had a 2.53 goals against average and .911 save percentage in 18 games last season.
The next goaltender taken was Matthew Waite at 109th overall. He spent last season with the Chicago Young American under-16 team, and is the son of former NHL netminder Jimmy Waite.
The Wildcats completed their trio of Notre Dame picks in the seventh round with the selection of forward Adam Dawe at 124th overall. He recorded 18 goals and 14 assists in 35 games last season. The native of Gander, N.L. also suited up for Newfoundland at the Canada Games and had 10 goals and three assists in 6 games. The diminutive forward is pegged to play for the University of Maine starting with the 2017-18 season.
Moncton finally went the American route with their ninth round selection in the form of forward Ethan DeStefani. He suited up for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs Under-18 team last season and had nine goals and seven assists in 29 games.
It was another American player with the Cats 10th round pick as the selected goaltender Keith Petruzzelli at 180th overall. He put up dazzling numbers with Springfield Cathedral High last season, posting a 0.99 GAA and a save percentage of .951. The six-foot-five netminder currently intends to suit up for Quinnipiac University for the 2017-18 season.
The Wildcats 11th round selection was defenceman Kevin Gignac, who was picked at 198th overall. He spent last season with Séminaire St-François and recorded one goal, nine assists in 30 games.
Moncton took forward Brodie MacArthur in the 13th round with the 234th overall pick. He played for the Kensington Wild in the NB/PEI Major Midget Hockey League last season, recording nine goals and 12 assists in 35 games. He also picked up three goals and six assists in six games with the PEI Canada Games entry.
With their final selection in the 14th round, the Cats took forward Doug D’Arnall. He played in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League last season with the Halifax McDonald’s. In 34 games, he had two goals and 12 assists.