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TWENTY-SEVEN N.S. PLAYERS SELECTED AT 2018 QMJHL ENTRY DRAFT IN SHAWINIGAN
Jun. 4, 2018

SHAWINIGAN, Que. — More than two dozen players from Nova Scotia had their names called in Quebec over the weekend.
 
The 2018 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Entry Draft was held in Shawinigan on Saturday. In all, twenty-seven Nova Scotia skaters and goaltenders were selected by QMJHL franchises.
 

(PHOTO: In total, twenty-seven players from Nova Scotia were selected on Saturday in Shawinigan.)

Alex Drover, a five-foot-nine, 165-pound centre with the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League’s Halifax McDonald’s, was selected 10th overall by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Drover, who posted 57 points (27 goals, 30 assists) in 36 regular season games and finished second in league scoring, was one of seven Nova Scotians selected by the Sydney-based Eagles over the weekend.
 

(PHOTO: Alex Drover was the first N.S. skater drafted on Saturday.)
 
The Memorial Cup-winning Acadie-Bathurst Titan made Benjamin Roode a first round pick on Saturday. Roode, a six-foot-four, 196-pound defenceman with the NSMMHL champion Steele Subaru Major Midgets, was drafted 14th overall by the Titan. He scored five times and added 12 assists in 36 regular season games this year.
 

(PHOTO: Ben Roode was selected 14th overall by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
 
There was a historic moment for Hockey Nova Scotia in Round 14. Joshua Crooks, the captain of the Nova Scotia Minor Midget AAA Hockey League’s Dartmouth Voyageurs, was selected 239th overall by the Moncton Wildcats. Crooks, the top forward in the NSMMAAAHL this season, was the first player from the new development league to ever be drafted by a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League franchise.
 

(PHOTO: Joshua Crooks was the first NSMMAAAHL ever selected at the QMJHL Entry Draft.)
 
Not surprisingly, it was the two Nova Scotia-based QMJHL teams that drafted the most players from this province. The draft breaks down by team as follows:
 
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles  Seven N.S. players drafted (Drover, Ben Allison, Logan Carruthers, Brady Hunter, Matthew Power, Mason Beck, Josh Leudy)
Halifax Mooseheads — Five N.S. players drafted (Sonny Kabatay, Jonathan Pickrem, Nathan MacMillan, Zachary Byard, Ethan Phillips)
Acadie-Bathurst Titan — Three N.S. players drafted (Roode, Robbie Dowell, Alec MacVicar)
Moncton Wildcats — Three N.S. players drafted (Gavin Watt, Joe Chambers, Joshua Crooks)
Quebec Remparts — Three N.S. players drafted (Luke MacLean, Jake Quillan, Griffin Kelly)
Rimouski Oceanic — Two N.S. players drafted (Matthew Ellis, Calum MacPherson)
Saint John Sea Dogs — One N.S. player drafted (Brady Burns)
Drummondville Voltigeurs — One N.S. player drafted (Chase Ellis)
Charlottetown Islanders — One N.S. player drafted (Dell Welton)
Baie-Comeau Drakkar — One N.S. player drafted (Logan Camp)

In total, twenty-seven players from Nova Scotia were chosen on Saturday. It follows a trend that we have seen at recent QMJHL Entry Drafts.

2018 QMJHL Entry Draft: 27 N.S. players drafted
2017 QMJHL Entry Draft: 28 N.S. players drafted
2016 QMJHL Entry Draft: 29 N.S. players drafted
2015 QMJHL Entry Draft: 27 N.S. players drafted
2014 QMJHL Entry Draft: 28 N.S. players drafted

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate all of the players from Nova Scotia who heard their names called on Saturday. We wish you the best of luck in your hockey futures.


2018 QMJHL ENTRY DRAFT – June 2, 2018 (Shawinigan, Que.)

 
Round One


10. Alex Drover (Halifax McDonald's, NSMMHL) — Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
14. Benjamin Roode (Steele Subaru Major Midgets, NSMMHL) — Acadie-Bathurst Titan


Round Two

29. Brady Burns (Valley Wildcats, NSMMHL) — Saint John Sea Dogs
36. Ben Allison (Steele Subaru Major Midgets, NSMMHL) — Cape Breton Screaming Eagles


Round Three

50. Chase Ellis (Cape Breton West Islanders, NSMMHL) — Drummondville Voltigeurs


Round Five
 
80. Sonny Kabatay (Cape Breton Unionized Tradesmen, NSMMHL) — Halifax Mooseheads


Round Seven
 
110. Matthew Ellis (Cape Breton West Islanders, NSMMHL) — Rimouski Oceanic
113. Gavin Watt (Cole Harbour WolfPack, NSMMHL) — Moncton Wildcats
115. Logan Carruthers (Halifax McDonald’s, NSMMHL) — Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
122. Logan Camp (Steele Subaru Major Midgets, NSMMHL) — Baie-Comeau Drakkar 
124. Jonathan Pickrem (Valley Wildcats, NSMMHL) — Halifax Mooseheads
 
 
Round Eight
 
138. Luke MacLean (Steele Subaru Major Midgets, NSMMHL) — Quebec Remparts
143. Joe Chambers (Cole Harbour WolfPack, NSMMHL) — Moncton Wildcats


Round Nine 
 
151. Brady Hunter (Cole Harbour WolfPack, NSMMHL) — Cape Breton Screaming Eagles


Round Ten


169. Matthew Power (Cole Harbour WolfPack, NSMMHL) — Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
177. Calum MacPherson (Cape Breton West Islanders, NSMMHL) — Rimouski Oceanic


Round Eleven

190. Dell Welton (Cape Breton West Islanders, NSMMHL) — Charlottetown Islanders
191. Jake Quillan (Steele Subaru Major Midgets, NSMMHL) — Quebec Remparts 
196. Nathan MacMillan (Cape Breton Unionized Tradesmen, NSMMHL) — Halifax Mooseheads


Round Twelve
 
210. Griffin Kelly (Cole Harbour WolfPack, NSMMHL) — Quebec Remparts
214. Zachary Byard (Halifax McDonald’s, NSMMHL) — Halifax Mooseheads
215. Robbie Dowell (Valley Wildcats, NSMMHL) — Acadie-Bathurst Titan


Round Thirteen

223. Mason Beck (South Shore Mustangs, NSMMHL) — Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
232. Ethan Phillips (South Kent School, US Prep) — Halifax Mooseheads
233. Alec MacVicar (Halifax McDonald’s, NSMMHL) — Acadie-Bathurst Titan


Round Fourteen

239. Josh Crooks (Dartmouth Voyageurs, NSMMAAAHL) — Moncton Wildcats
241. Josh Leudy (Cape Breton Unionized Tradesmen, NSMMHL) — Cape Breton Screaming Eagles



 
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