The Moncton Wildcats made a big splash at the 2020 QMJHL Entry Draft. After trading captain Jakob Pelletier on Friday night, the Wildcats acquired a haul of draft picks, including the 13th overall selection. Yoan Loshing, a top prospect from Longueuil, Québec, was the first of 14 players selected by the Wildcats at the Draft.
“We’re very happy with what’s happened over the past few days, and where we are at as an organization,” said Ritchie Thibeau, Director of Hockey Operations. “We came into the week, our first pick was going to be in the fourth round. We made some moves to acquire some picks and we very feel confident in the players we received and what they will add to our organization.
“On the not so good side, we traded a very important played in Jakob Pelletier as part of our rebuild. That was tough. But at the end of the day with the picks we received and the players we selected, we can move this organization forward again.”
After completing the 2020 QMJHL Entry Draft over the weekend, the Wildcats selected two players at the QMJHL American Draft on Monday morning. Results follow at the bottom of the page.
Follow all the QMJHL Draft selections here: http://theqmjhl.ca/draft
Round 1, 13th overall (via GAT)
With the 13th overall pick in the 2020 QMJHL Entry Draft, the Moncton Wildcats are proud to select Yoan Loshing.
Loshing, a 5-9, 155 lbs forward from Longueuil, Quebec, spent the past season with the Mississauga Senators U16 AAA (GTHL U16).
He tallied 36 points in 28 games this past season.
Yoan Loshing’s career stats: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/574583/yoan-loshing
“Yoan is a great person, he’s committed to hockey. He’s an offensive player we can add to our youth movement that will come in and help us through his development and into the future,” Thibeau said following the first round of the QMJHL draft.
Head Scout Alex Gauthier said Loshing’s speed is the element of his game that stands out the most.
“After that, you start looking at his game and he has a very good wrist shot. He’s very dynamic, he’s always moving on the ice,” he said. “Obviously we’re going to have a younger roster this year, so he’s definitely a guy that will be right there, should win his spot offensively. I think he can bring offence as soon as next year for sure.”
In an interview following his selection, Loshing said he knew the Wildcats were interested in him and was thrilled to be selected
“I am a player that scores a lot of goals, I’m good offensively. But I also play well defensively, at both ends of the ice,” Loshing said.
Round 2, 23rd overall (via GAT)
In our first pick on Saturday, the Moncton Wildcats proudly selected Ryan Hopkins.
Hopkins, a 6-1, 175 lbs defenceman from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, spent the past season with Stanstead College (CAHS).
He tallied 31 points in 58 games this past season.
Ryan Hopkins’ career stats: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/563418/ryan-hopkins
“Ryan Hopkins in the second round is a defenceman we thought was going to go in the first round. We’re really excited to have him,” Thibeau said.
Hopkins describes himself as a two-way defenceman that loves to join the play.
“I really focus on my defensive game, take care of the defensive end,” Hopkins said. “I’ll be willing to do the hard work — block shots and work hard for all the guys.”
“I made the decision to go to Stanstead, I wanted to get a better education, and of course the hockey is great too. It’s a great place for development,” he added. “I met some great people, some lifelong friends.”
Round 3, 41st overall (via AB)
The Moncton Wildcats proudly selected Jake Rozzi, with the 41st overall pick.
Rozzi, a 5-11, 146 lbs forward from Kirkland, Quebec, spent the past season with South Kent Selects Hockey Academy 15U.
An offensive force at the South Kent Selects Hockey Academy, he scored 59 goals and 58 assists in 64 games.
Jake Rozzi’s career stats: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/566115/jake-rozzi
“Jake Rozzi is a really offensive player. Looking forward to adding him to the offensive group in our line-up,” Thibeau said.\
After a season playing close to home with the Lac St-Louis Lions, Rozzi made the jump to the South Kent, Connecticut to further his development.
“It was different leaving home, I got used to it after a while though,” Rozzi recalled. “It was fun, we had a good team in a good year.”
Round 3, 57th overall
With their second selection of the 3rd Round, the Moncton Wildcats drafted Francesco Iasenza.
Iasenza, a 5-11, 175 lbs defenceman from Quebec, spent the past season with the Lac St-Louis Lions (QMAAA).
He scored nine points in 40 games this past season.
Francesco Iasenza’s career stats: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/570743/francesco-iasenza
“He’s a big strong defenceman who can take care of his own end, and can be physical,” Thibeau said.
Iasenza said he was following the draft online and waiting carefully for his name to be called.
“When I saw my name pop up with Moncton, I was super excited to get started with my new journey,” he said.
Iasenza’s father, Giovanni, played in the QMJHL with Laval and Drummondville, and has been able to share plenty of advice.
“He’s always told me, stay patient, calm, and composed. Good things are going to come your way. That’s the best advice he’s given me so far,” Francesco said.
Round 4, 75th overall
The Moncton Wildcats drafted Nathan Casey with the 75th overall pick.
Casey, a 6-0, 165 lbs forward from Grand Falls, Newfoundland, spent the past season with the Mount St. Charles Academy U15.
He scored 38 points in 56 games this past season.
Nathan Casey’s career stats: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/574015/nathan-casey
“Nathan is a big character kid with some skill, he’s going to surprise some folks. This is the type of kid you win with, he can be a captain on your team. We’re really excited to have him where we got him,” Thibeau said.
“It was a really good feeling, joining a really good organization. A lot of nerves for sure, but I’m happy to be a part of the Moncton Wildcats organization,” Casey said.
Most recently, Casey moved to the United States to continue his hockey career.
“Mount St. Charles is a really good program, I was happy with my decision to go down there. It was a good year, and we had lots of success,” Casey said.
Round 5, 87th overall (via VDO)
The Wildcats drafted their first goaltender of the day when they selected Justin Katz with the 87th overall pick.
Katz, a 6-0, 170 lbs goaltender from Montréal, Québec, spent the past season with Deerfield Academy.
In 13 games played, he posted a 3.28 goals against average and a 0.890 save percentage.
Justin Katz’s career stats: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/519292/justin-katz
“We’re very fortunate to get Katz in the fifth round. He has good size, he’s a kid that we were very high on on our goalie list. We think he can be a starter for the Wildcats as he matures,” Thibeau said.
Katz said he missed the initial call following his selection
“I was actually working out and missed the call from the team, so I had to call them back,” Katz laughed.
“I really well positioned, and square to the puck. I’m not the most flashy goalie in the net, but I make the save and try not to give up too many rebounds,” he added.
Round 8, 147th overall
In the 8th Round of the Draft, the Moncton Wildcats selected Thomas Darcy.
Darcy, a 6-0, 174 lbs defenceman from Montréal, Québec, spent the past season with the Collège Esther-Blondin Phénix (QMAAA).
He was an assistant captain this past season, and scored 15 points in 42 games this past season.
Thomas Darcy’s career stats: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/683459/thomas-darcy
“I was really nervous. But when I saw my name on my TV I was really happy to be selected by the Moncton Wildcats. It’s an honour and a pleasure to be a part of this organization,” Darcy said.
“I need to improve every little aspect of my game. Midget AAA is the best league in Canada for my age. The players were bigger and faster, but I don’t think it was a big step,” he added.
Round 9, 165th overall
The Moncton Wildcats drafted Ethan Dollemont with the 165th overall pick.
Dollemont, a 5-11, 181 lbs defenceman from Quispamsis, New Brunswick, spent the past season with Rothesay Netherwood School.
He scored 15 points in 40 games this past season.
Ethan Dollemont’s career stats: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/573928/ethan-dollemont
“Obviously waiting around all day, it’s a little nerve-wracking. It was fun for me, I’m really excited to get started,” Dollemont said. “It’s close to home so it’ll be nice to see my family once in a while, and I have family in Moncton, so it’s awesome that way.”
Round 10, 168th overall (via HAL)
In the 10th Round, 168th overall, the Moncton Wildcats drafted Dylan Hryckowian.
Hryckowian, a 5-8, 145 lbs forward from Ile-Blizard, Québec, spent the past season with the Lac St-Louis Lions Espoir (QMEAA).
He scored 45 points in 27 games this past season.
Dylan Hryckowian’s career stats: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/570748/dylan-hryckowian
Round 10, 183th overall
With their second selection of the 10th Round, the Moncton Wildcats drafted Miles Mueller.
Mueller, a 5-11, 161 lbs forward from Biel-Bienne, Switzerland, spent the past season with Biel-Bienne U17 (U17-Elit).
He scored 12 points in 29 games this past season.
Miles Mueller’s career stats: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/703512/miles-muller
Round 11, 201th overall
The Moncton Wildcats drafted local product Alexis Daniel with the 201th overall pick.
Daniel, a 5-10, 175 lbs forward from Dieppe, New Brunswick, spent the past season with the Moncton Flyers.
He scored 44 points in 37 games this past season.
Alexis Daniel’s career stats: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/508235/alexis-daniel
Round 12, 219th overall
In the 12th Round, 219th overall, the Moncton Wildcats drafted Thomas Auger.
Auger, a 5-7, 135 lbs forward from Québec, spent the past season with the Québec Cyclones Midget Espoir (QMEAA).
He scored 18 points in 24 games this past season.
Thomas Auger’s career stats: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/572384/thomas-auger
Round 13, 237th overall
The Moncton Wildcats drafted Wyatt McDonald with the 237th overall pick.
McDonald, a 6-0, 154 lbs goaltender, spent the past season with ES Weißwasser U17.
He appeared in four games and posted a 2.01 goals against average.
Wyatt McDonald’s career stats: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/751539/wyatt-mcdonald
Round 14, 255th overall
With our last selection of the 2020 QMJHL Entry Draft, the Moncton Wildcats are proud to select Luke Santilli.
Santilli, a 6-0, 156 lbs defenceman from Reading, Massachusetts, spent the past season with the Islanders Hockey Club 16U.
He scored two points in 16 games this past season.
Luke Santilli’s career stats: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/639683/luke-santilli
Monday, June 8th marked the QMJHL American Draft. The Wildcats enter the Draft with a selection in each of the two rounds. The order of draft picks is determined based on the results of the 2019-20 regular season.
Follow all the QMJHL American Draft selections here: https://theqmjhl.ca/draft/2020QMJHL_US
Round 1, 17th overall
With our first round selection of the 2020 QMJHL American Draft, the Moncton Wildcats are proud to select Cameron Lund.
Lund, a 6-1, 165 lbs forward from Bridgewater, Massachusetts, spent the past season with Cushing Academy (USHS-Prep).
He scored 32 points in 34 games this past season.
Cameron Lund’s career stats: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/603638/cameron-lund
Round 2, 35th overall
With our second round selection of the 2020 QMJHL American Draft, the Moncton Wildcats are proud to select Shane Baker.
Baker, a 6-1, 165 lbs forward from Grafton, Massachusetts, spent the past season with the Boston Jr. Bruins 16U (USPHL-16U).
He scored 11 points in 12 games this past season.
Shane Baker’s career stats: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/615592/shane-baker