Drakkar selects 15 players at the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft
The Baie-Comeau Drakkar added 15 new players to their system at the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft on Saturday. A total of nine forwards, five defensemen and one goaltender were selected by the team in the 14 round draft.
With their first pick of the draft, sixth overall, the Drakkar took five-foot-11, 184 pound forward Nathan Légaré. Regarded as a physical offensive forward, he amassed a total of 51 points (20 goals, 31 assists), as well as 72 penalty minutes, in 40 games played with the St-Eustache Vikings.
Originally disposing of the ninth overall pick as well, Drakkar GM Steve Ahern felt the need to move up in order to grab another player he desired. Therefore, he concluded a trade with the Drummondville Voltigeurs for the seventh overall selection, in exchange for the ninth as well as a first round pick in next year’s draft.
Afterwards, Baie-Comeau made defenseman Christopher Merisier-Ortiz, also of St-Eustache, their second pick of the first round. An offensive-minded defenseman, he scored eight goals and added 18 assists for 26 points in 38 games. He will very likely become a powerplay specialist in his tenure with Drakkar.
With no other picks until the fourth round, the team used the 72nd pick to select yet another Vikings player, this time in centre Thomas Lacombe. The five-foot-nine, 167 pound forward played 40 games last season, picking up 11 goals as well as 19 assists for 30 points.
In the fifth round, Baie-Comeau chose another defenseman, Laurent Demers, playing for the Lévis Commandeurs. the 16-year old had two goals and two assists in 40 games this season.
Owning two picks in the sixth round, the Drakkar drafted forward Julien Létourneau of Séminaire Saint-François 97th overall. He boasts 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 34 games played. Afterwards, defenseman Jeremie Hebert of the Moncton Flyers became the team’s newest member. The five-foot-six, 147 pound rearguard took part in 30 games this year, tallying seven assists in total.
With Baie-Comeau also possessing two picks the seventh round, they chose to draft a couple of forwards. At pick 115, they selected Gabriel Fontaine, a left-winger playing with the Magog Cantonniers. He tallied 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in 39 games. They then drafted Ozzie King, a five-foot-11, 147 pound centre who played 39 games with the Steele Subaru Minor Midgets, scoring 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points.
In the eighth round, a local player was drafted by the team. With the 143rd pick, they took Antoine Savard, a centreman playing with the Nord-Côtiers Midget Espoir program, who had eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 27 games.
Holding no picks in the ninth round, the Drakkar selected goaltender Maxime Taillefer in Round 10. Playing with the Châteauguay Grenadiers in the QMAAA this season, he posted a 4-13 record with a 4.31 GAA and a 0.858 save percentage. Four picks later, defenseman Jeremy Michaud of Trois-Rivières was called to join Baie-Comeau. Taking in 36 games, he scored one goal and added nine assists for 10 points. Originally having the 181st pick as well, the Drakkar chose to swap it with the Québec Remparts for a 10th round pick in 2018.
In Round 11, Baie-Comeau used their selection to nab Félix Potvin, another local player. Playing in 29 games with the Nord-Côtiers in the QMEAA, the five-foot-11, 160 pound forward seven goals and seven assists for 14 points, while also racking up 27 penalty minutes.
With the 205th pick in the draft, the Drakkar decided to take forward Samy Paré of the Beauce-Appalache Élites. He scored 18 goals along with 25 assists for 43 points in 27 games.
With their final two picks of the draft, Baie-Comeau selected two American players. Firstly, they drafted six-foot-three, 185 pound defenseman Bradley Farrell from the U16 Boston Jr. Bruins in Round 13. In 40 games, he scored six goals while adding 15 assists for 21 total points. Thereafter, forward Frank Ireland was the team’s final pick in Round 14. A teammate of their previous pick, he tallied 47 points (26 goals, 21 assists) in 37 games with the Jr. Bruins.
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