Not only did Halifax make team history on Saturday morning by making only their second 1st overall pick in their 23 years as a QMJHL franchise, but they also made even more noise by trading this year’s 7th, 16th & 24th overall picks to Baie-Comeau for the Drakkar’s 2nd overall selection. With the pick, the Mooseheads drafted Nova Scotian defenseman Jared McIsaac. The 16 year old reportedly had told Baie-Comeau that he would not report to the team if they drafted him today.
The trade between the two rivals was not the only trade made in the first round. I can’t even tell you how many there were as picks just kept changing hands.
Below is a recap of who was drafted in the first round:
1. GROULX, Benoit-Olivier – Halifax Mooseheads
2. MCISAAC, Jared – Halifax Mooseheads
3. RODRIGUE, Olivier – Drummondville Voltigeurs
4. FORTIER, Gabriel – Baie-Comeau Drakkar
5. BOUCHARD, Xavier – Baie-Comeau Drakkar
6. DOBSON, Noah – Acadie-Bathurst Titan
7. LAFERRIERE, Mathias – Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
8. HOUDE, Samuel – Chicoutimi Sagueneens
9. ELEMENT, Shawn – Baie-Comeau Drakkar
10. MACDONALD, Anderson – Sherbrooke Phoenix
11. MATHIEU, Olivier – Saint John Sea Dogs
12. BERNARD, Xavier – Drummondville Voltiguers
13. MANDOLESE, Kevin – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
14. COXHEAD, Andrew – Quebec Remparts
15. BUCHELER, Jeremy – Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
16. ST-LAURANT, Edouard – Baie-Comeau Drakkar
17. DESRUISSEAUX, Cedric – Victoriaville Tigres
18. ALAIN, Marc-Olivier – Charlottetown Islanders
19. MACKINNON, Evan – Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Welcome to the Mooseheads Benoit-Olivier and Jared and congratulations to the 19 players who were drafted in the first round.
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