This years QMJHL draft had many head scratchers… Remember each team must take two American’s..
- The first US player picked was at # 90 (Jack Bliss).
- Moncton takes Hockeyrecruits4u and Sailsbury’s Mike O’Leary (Cornell) who was out at USHL’s Dubuque camp scoring a goal in the All-Star game.
- Chicoutimi took Hockeyrecruits4u Charlie Kelleher a 1997 birth year in the ’99 draft year, um doesn’t that mean he is a free agent? How do ’97 FA’s get on draft list,.. the draft listing is screwed up every year, meanwhile the QMJHL Governors do nothing about it.
- Hockeyrecruits4u only had 5 players to recommend as ones to make a QMJHL team.
- No players selected from Maine or Vermont.
We honestly believe the Q doesn’t get it. The teams have no idea how to sell what they have to the New England players plus the NCAA gets better at marketing their education, $100-million hockey facilities and student centers that can accommodate entire communities. More importantly the NCAA route is obviously a superior lifestyle so important to young men and their families.
As the arms race at these universities continue to grow, there will be mounting pressure for players that can only be removed with one solution, investment. And as more schools spend, the number of NCAA players in the NHL will continue to rise, and the QMJHL will produce fewer and fewer phenoms.
The NCAA has older players, 21 year old freshmen, and is becoming the training grounds for the NHL with bigger, stronger players improving the product on the ice, producing more and more NHLer’s every year. The surging popularity of the National Hockey League in the United States can’t be denied. The revenue and ratings confirm it. The buzz around star players and successful teams, nationally and locally, confirms it. Two years ago the NHL had over 105,000 fans watch a game worth two points in the standings, freezing their arses off in the snow at Michigan’s Big House.
Players are looking for places to play which help them reach their potential and get to the next level. Instead of going for it all and trying to peak in Major Junior at 20 years old the “educated” choice is to develop more in college and have career alternatives. Along with recruiting, facilities and coaching the NCAA is out scoring the QMJHL…
Here are all the picks from New England by State.
Rd-Rk Team Player Pos ST
7-110 Rimouski Alex Mella LW CT
7-127 Rimouski Lucas Niezelski RD CT
12-203 Baie-Comeau Christian LeSueur RW CT
13-221 Chicoutimi Matt Gosiewski C CT
13-223 Cape Breton Jake Gresh RD CT
14-238 Victoriaville Brendan Casey RD CT
14-248 Val-d’Or Eric Esposito LW CT
14-250 Québec Jack Hoey C CT
14-251 Blainville-Boisand Patrick Harper C CT
5-90 Gatineau Jack Bliss LW MA
6-92 Acadie-Bathurst Jake Ryczek RD MA
6-107 Saint John Mark McLaughlin C MA
9-152 Halifax Cooper Jones RD MA
9-154 Saint John Ben Mirageas LD MA
10-171 Cape Breton Alex Zafonte G MA
10-180 Moncton Keith Petruzzelli G MA
12-201 Baie-Comeau Logan Drevitch LW MA
12-210 Sherbrooke Derek Osik C MA
12-211 Québec Matthew Quercia F MA
13-219 Drummondville Max Sauve F MA
13-220 Victoriaville Dario Latessa G MA
13-225 Rouyn-Noranda Chris Brown RW MA
13-227 Charlottetown Ian Murphy RW MA
13-233 Blainville-Boisbriand Mike Young RD MA
14-236 Acadie-Bathurst Patrick Dawson LD MA
14-237 Drummondville Casey Carreau F MA
14-239 Chicoutimi Charlie Kelleher RW MA
14-243 Rouyn-Noranda Michael Callahan LD MA
14-249 Shawinigan Jayson Dobay LD MA
7-112 Gatineau Alexander Steeves C NH
8-128 Rimouski Mike Robinson G NH
9-162 Moncton Ethan DeStefani. RW NH
13-230 Val-d’Or Reilly Walsh RD NH
6-96 Sherbrooke, Matt Allen C RI
14-242 Halifax, Matthew Fawcett C RI
14-245 Charlottetown, Dennis Cesana RD RI
Congrats to all the players selected!