The Halifax Mooseheads pulled a stunning move at the draft. With first overall pick, they took top-ranked Benoit-Oliver Groulx, which was to be expected. However, the Mooseheads then dealed with Baie-Comeau Drakkar for the second pick and took Truro native Jared McIsaac, a strapping defenceman who suited up with Cole Harbour Major Midgets last season.
There was lots of jockeying going on in the first round; in fact, only four teams made selections with their originally scheduled picks – Halifax, first; Drummondville, third; Cape Breton, 13th; and Rouyn-Noranda, 19th.
Alec MacDonald, a highly touted netminder from Truro was taken by Chicoutimi, with a pick acquired from Acadie-Bathurst, in the fifth round, 78th overall. MacDonald grew up playing rep hockey in Truro. He has attended Newbridge Academy private school in Lantz for the past two years, and last season backstopped the Gladiators to a Prep School Hockey Federation title.
In other local selections, right winger Jake Martin was taken by Cape Breton in the seventh round, 121st overall, and shortly after, at 123rd, centre Kevin Mason was taken by Saint John. Both are Pictou County residents and played for Weeks Major Midgets.
For the entire draft list, go to http://new.theqmjhl.ca/draft/