Océanic wins QMJHL draft lottery


The QMJHL held its annual draft lottery on Thursday, April 6 where the winner of the much anticipated first overall pick for this year’s draft would be determined.

Compared to recent years, the lottery went a little differently this year, with the five last teams in the standings participating in the draw, instead of only the last two.

Entering the lottery with a 14 per cent chance of earning the first overall pick, the Rimouski Océanic ultimately came out as the winner, and will have the pleasure of kicking things off at the draft. Rimouski will very likely use their pick to select highly talented forward Alexis Lafrenière of St-Eustache, the consensus first overall pick.

Slated to pick second will be the Sherbrooke Phœnix, who finished the season 17th overall in the league standings. The Moncton Wildcats, the last team in the league, had 43 per cent chance of winning the lottery.

Unfortunately for them, they ended up losing out on both the first and second overall picks. They will finally be picking third.

The Halifax Mooseheads, at fourth, and the Val-d’Or Foreurs, with the fifth selection, round out the top five.

The QMJHL Entry Draft will be taking place on June 3rd, in Saint John