The Sea Dogs selected Tessier with the 15th overall pick in today’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft. It was Saint John’s second pick of the first round after selecting defenseman Luke Green first overall earlier in the day.
Tessier is a 16-year old centre who played in the Quebec Midget AAA ranks last season. In 38 regular season games he scored seven goals and 14 assists with the Trois-Rivieres Estacades and another four goals and five assists in five playoff games.
At the Gatorade Excellence Challenge, Tessier registered an assist in five games with Team Quebec White.
“He’s a player who likes to control the puck and lead the rush,” writes HockeyProspect.com in their draft guide. “His skating abilities help him create room on the ice. He also has improved his play in his zone this season. He has better positioning and makes better reads in the defensive zone now. He’s also better now in his one-on-one battles, with and without the puck.”
HockeyProspect.com ranked him as the 19th best player available while QMJHL Central Scouting placed him 24th.
Saint John’s next pick is in the second round, 22nd overall.