TWENTY-SEVEN NOVA SCOTIANS SELECTED AT 2015 QMJHL DRAFT
Jun. 8, 2015
Twenty-seven Nova Scotians were selected by Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams on Saturday at the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft in Sherbrooke, QC.
Halifax McDonald’s forward Shane Bowers (23 goals, 29 assists), the leading scorer in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League this past season, was the first Bluenoser to be picked in this draft when he was picked fourth overall by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
Keenan MacIsaac of Bedford was the only other Nova Scotian taken in the opening round when he was selected with the 19th pick by the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.
Cole Rafuse (Valley Wildcats) was the first player taken in the second when he was drafted 20th overall by the Val-d’Or Foreurs. South Shore Mustangs defenseman Walter Flower was picked 26th overall by the Halifax Mooseheads. Halifax McDonald’s netminder Matthew Welsh became the first Nova Scotia-born goalie to go in the draft when he was chosen 37th overall by the Charlottetown Islanders.
In total, fifteen players from Nova Scotia’s Canada Winter Games team were drafted over the weekend. The team finished fifth at the Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. this past February.
For a complete list of Nova Scotians selected in the draft, please see below.
Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate all of those players who were picked by Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams on Saturday.
4. Shane Bowers (Halifax McDonald’s) – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
20. Cole Rafuse (Valley Wildcats) – Val-d’Or Foreurs
52. Michael O’Leary (Salisbury, US Prep) – Moncton Wildcats
57. Morgan Barron (Newbridge Academy Gladiators) – Saint John Sea Dogs
84. Jack Cameron (Halifax McDonald’s) – Victoriaville Tigres
97. Drake Batherson (Valley Wildcats) – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
120. Christian Huntley (Halifax McDonald’s) – Quebec Remparts
132. Ian Drysdale (Rothesay Netherwood School) – Charlottetown Islanders
164. Connor MacLeod (Newbridge Academy Gladiators) – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
170. Ryan MacDonald (Newbridge Academy Gladiators) – Halifax Mooseheads
187. Jonathan Mason (Newbridge Academy Gladiators) – Saint John Sea Dogs
206. Kirklin Allen (Halifax McDonald’s) – Halifax Mooseheads
241. Avery Warner (Cape Breton West) – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles