AP's Coaches Blog; QMJHL Post-Draft Wrapup

The 2017 QMJHL Draft has come and gone, so lets take a look at where #xhockeyalums ended up;

Disclaimer: To anyone who I may have missed in my last article (Draft preview) - I apologize. This happened because I only discussed players that were ranked in the top 12 rounds of the QMJHL draft rankings (that I saw). I should have specified this in the last article. Also - if anyone reads this article and notices that a former #xhockeyplayer was drafted and I missed it, please contact me at ap@xhockey.ca . Thanks!***

Dawson Mercer (Round 1, Pick 8, Drummondville) - Mercer was ranked in the first round, and was scooped up by the Voltigeurs. Mercer adds some offensive flair to a Drummondville team that ranked 12th in goals for and 14th on the power play last season. Impressive feat Dawson - congrats!

Alex Newhook (Round 3, Pick 41, Halifax) - Newhook was ranked a lot higher, but it was wise for teams to wait on a player who has said many times that he wants to attend Boston College. Way to go Alex!

Mark Rumsey (Round 5, Pick 86, Moncton). Rumsey played just down the highway from Moncton at RNS, so the Wildcats brass must have liked what they saw in 2016-17. Congrats Mark!

Tim Noble (Round 5, Pick 87, Saint John). The Sea Dogs went with the 6'1 centre from St. John's, which could turn out to be a great pick if Noble can put all of the pieces together at the QMJHL level. The vitals (6'1, 187) suggest that he is physically mature and would be capable of handling the wear and tear of a long QMJHL season.

Kyle Petten (Round 6, Pick 95, Halifax). Petten slipped a couple of rounds past where I expected him to go, however, the draft is only one step in a long journey to hockey success! I fully expect Kyle to go into Moose country and make some noise during training camp.

Michael Oliver (Round 7, Pick 112, Val D'or). Val D'or see some promise in the gigantic Oliver, who were scored on a lot in 2016-17 (265 goals against). Congrats Michael and father Steve (played a lot of ball hockey with Steve in my teenage years!)

Brendan McCarthy (Round 7, Pick 123, Shawinigan). This is a very interesting pick. Shawinigan rarely select Newfoundland kids, but I have a feeling that Brad Yetman might have made a few calls to Shawinigan brass on this one (Yetman was once a Cataract). Shawinigan get a kid who lit the scoreboard on fire for ECB last season - good luck Brendan, we are all rooting for you. This pick could be a steal!

Greg Kehoe (Round 8, Pick 131, Charlottetown). This is a guy who was moved up from the unranked list, and I couldn't be happier to see his name called. Greggy was such a beauty when he attended X Hockey - congrats young man.

Campbell Clarke (Round 11, Pick 196, Blainville-Boisbriand). "Clarkie" was a name that I did not initially see in the top 12 rounds of the draft rankings, which surprised me because this kid was a very strong player all the way up through with the 2001 group. Clarke had a big 2016-17 for YSE (over a point per game) and if he chooses to report to the Armada, there is a good chance that he could be in the mix for a spot on the back end. Congrats fella!

Drew Bennett (Round 12, Pick 216, Charlottetown). This is another good late-round draft pick! Bennett made a major leap in offensive production in 2016-17, and I hope that the trend continues at the "Q League" level. Bennett has some touch around the net, and if he has a good summer, anything can happen in training camp! Congrats bro.

Zac Bennett (Round 13, Pick 224, Drummondville). Congrats to Zac and his father Bo on being selected in the 2017 QMJHL draft. The town of Bay Roberts will be well-represented in Drummondville, QC when the Volts camp opens up this fall! Good luck in the journey.

Until next time,