The first round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft is over. There was some drama as usual. Here’s a recap.
11:00: The VOX broadcast has shifted from the pre-draft show to the draft show. The drama is getting closer.
11:02: The news of Brandon Hynes being traded to Bathurst continues to circulate. The Titan top line would be a machine with Hynes added to the mix.
11:06: Hynes deal as announced by Titan Twitter - “Titan trade two 2nd round draft picks and a 5th round draft pick to the Victoriaville Tigres for foward Brandon Hynes.”
11:08: The giant screen behind the stage at Colisee Pepsi is now showing highlights and stuff. The lights are off. The drama is so close you can taste it.
11:10: QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau takes the stage.
11:13: The Sherbrooke Phoenix are taking to the stage to make their historic first pick.
11:15: The Pheonix are still speaking. They congratulate the Sea Dogs and Cataractes for their championship seasons.
11:15: Tweeted by Willy Palov – “To answer a reader question, talks with Saint John aren't totally dead but doesn't seem likely anything gets done.”
11:16: The Phoenix shock nobody and select Daniel Audette first overall. He’s the first draft pick in Phoenix history. He was ranked first by Central Scouting.
11:17: Sherbrooke’s jersey and logo look great. They gave Audette a fitted hat to put on though, which was a mistake. The young franchise will learn.
11:22: The Rocket shock nobody and select Alexis Pepin with the second overall pick. He was ranked third by Central Scouting.
11:28: The Screaming Eagles are on stage congratulating Jonathan Brunelle on his academic accomplishments. He comes on stage and gives a speech as well.
11:33: Bunch of people are shown signing trade papers. Gatineau will now select fourth instead of Rouyn-Noranda.
11:36: Daniel Audette is trending on Twitter. What a moment.
11:38: The Olympiques select Alexandre Carrier fourth overall. Nickleback is played in the arena. Carrier, a defenseman, was ranked fifth by Central Scouting.
11:42: Impressive lighting system at le Colisee.
11:45: After a series of trades, Baie-Comeau selects fifth overall. They pick defenseman Loik Leveille who was ranked fourth by Central Scouting. It’s a nice change of pace for the Drakkar after the Nathan MacKinnon mess at last year’s draft.
11:49: The Rouyn-Noranda select Francis Perron sixth overall. The forward was ranked 12th by Central Scouting.
11:54: The Val-d’Or Foreurs select Nicolas Aube-Kubel. More importantly, the Sea Dogs are now on the clock.
11:59: The Sea Dogs select forward Matthew Highmore 8th overall. He was ranked 11th overall by Central Scouting. He is from Dartmouth. (pictured above)
12:02: Val-d’Or picks Carl Neill 9th overall. The defenseman was ranked 14th by Central Scouting. That’s Neill with two Ls.
12:05: Baie-Comeau selects Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau 10th overall. We are flying now.
12:12: After calling a time-out, the Sea Dogs select defenseman Olivier Leblanc 11th overall. He was ranked 13th by Central Scouting. Initial reaction on Twitter is that Leblanc is bit underrated and the Dogs got a good one.
12:15: The Rimouski Oceanic select Nicolas Hébert 12th overall. He was ranked 18th by Central Scouting.
12:19: The Drakkar are up once again. This time they select Alexis Vanier 13th overall. The defenseman was ranked way down at 25th by Central Scouting.
12:23: The Huskies select Cody Donaghey 14th overall. There were rumours of him coming to Saint John. His brother will be attending Sea Dogs training camp.
12:27: The Mooseheads made a big time pick, selecting American Jack Eichel 15th overall. He has been playing for the Boston Junior Bruins and was not even at the draft. This will give us all some drama to follow this summer, at least.
12:30: The Olympiques are up again and they select Anthony Richard 16th overall. He was ranked 20th by Central Scouting.
12:35: The Armada select Julien Bahl 17th overall. The defenseman was ranked 23rd by Central Scouting.
12:37: Gatineau ends the first round by selecting Charlottetown forward Kameron Kielly. He was ranked 19th by Central Scouting.
12:40: No goalies selected in the first round.