The Moncton Wildcats came away from Harbour Station on Saturday with a very successful 2017 QMJHL Draft with 16 new additions to the organization, as we welcome a new era of Wildcats hockey. Adding size and speed to the roster, it is no doubt that Moncton has taken the necessary steps to create a rock solid foundation for the future.
For the first time since 2011 Moncton was on stage in the first round. Heading into the draft they held three first round picks after a trade with Bathurst on Friday, rewarding the Wildcats with the 13th overall selection, adding to the initial 3rd and 16th the previously had.
Moncton would end up on stage twice in the first round. At the third overall selection the Cats added high scoring forward Jakob Pelletier. The 13th selection was traded to Halifax for a 1st round pick in 2018, as well as a 2nd round and a 4th round in today’s draft. Rounding out the Wildcats first round was New Brunswicker defenceman Jaxon Bellamy.
For a full list of all players drafted, please see the list below:
#3 : Jakob Pelletier (C) – CLe Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François, QCMAAA
#16: Jaxon Bellamy (LD)- Saint John Vito’s Midget AAA, NBMAAA
#23 : Jeremy Jacques (RD) – Les Cantonniers de Magog, QCMAAA
#43 : Jacob Stewart (LW) – Cape Breton West Islanders, NSMAAA
#69 : Zachary Vanier (LD) – Les Riverains du Collège Charles-Lemoyne, QCMAAA
#82 : Mathieu Boulianne (LW) – Les Élites de Jonquièr, QCMAAA
#86 : Mark Rumsey (F) – Rothesay Netherwood Varsity U18, NLNPSHF
#128 : Zachary Paradis (G) – Les Élites de Jonquière, QCMAAA
#144 : Jaden Mason (LW) – Pictou County Weeks Major Midget, NSMAAA
#177 : Josh Nicholson (LD) – Halifax Mac, NSMAAA
#182 : Kyle Foreman (C) – OHA Mavericks U17 Midget AAA, NBAAA
#194 : Sean Stewart (LD) – Cape Breton West Islanders, NSMAAA
#200 : Connor McCluskey (LD) – Boston Junior Bruins U16, USPHL16
#206 : Philippe Gaudreault (G) – Le Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François, QCMAAA
#218 : Reese Farrell (F) – North Yarmouth Academy Panthers, MENED1
#235 : Maximilian Bogdanovich (C) – Boston Junior Bruins U16, MEUSPHL16