The Halifax Mooseheads went into the 2019 CHL Import Draft holding the 48th overall pick but with some Victoriaville passing on their selection it meant GM Cam Russell’s spot was actually bumped up to 47th overall which he used to grab forward Senna Peeters from Belgium.
Peeters is an elite level scorer who had 32 goals and 34 assists in 59 games at Selects Academy U16 last season for the school’s Midget program in South Kent, CT. The right-handed shooting forward stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 168 pounds. He tallied 88 points in 30 games the previous season with EC Salzburg U18 where he was a teammate of Mooseheads forward Samuel Dube.
“We played on the same line and were not only roommates but very close friends. It’s just unreal to be on the same team with him again,” Dube said.
“I think he is a very skilled offensive player with a good shot.”
Peeters recently celebrated his 17th birthday on June 14th and hails from Deurne, Belgium which located just a few minutes east of Antwerp. He also suited up for six games with RB Hockey Akademie in 2017-18 where he played with Mooseheads forward Marcel Barinka.
Cam Russell says Peeters is a player he had targeted as potential pick and was happy he was still available.
“Picking at 48 in this draft is difficult to really find a top tier player at times but with Senna Peeters available we feel that he is a very skilled, fast and exciting hockey player for us that we couldn’t pass on.”
The Mooseheads General Manager likes the fact that Peeters has already experienced one season of the North American style of play with Selects Academy.
“When these kids come over to North America and are around this style of game in the smaller rinks which a more physical game I think it makes their adjustment period easier,” he said.
Russell added that he has assurances from both Peeters and his agent that he will be in Halifax for training camp in August and will be on the roster for the 2019-20 season.
Halifax passed on their second round pick (108th overall) with Peeters joining Barinka as the two import players on the roster for 2019-20.
Next on the docket for Russell will be appointing a new Head Coach following Wednesday’s departure of Eric Veilleux to the Syracuse Crunch. The GM says there is no exact time frame for naming the next bench boss but notes that the process has already begun.
“That’s something that Bobby Smith and I will talk about but I don’t think there’s any rush at this point. There’s lots of resumes and phone calls that have already come in and I will start to do some interviews in the near future but we will definitely take our time to try to find the right person for the job.”
The Mooseheads begin training camp on Wednesday, August 14th and will open the preseason schedule on Sunday, August 18th against Cape Breton at the Dartmouth Sportsplex.