Your Mooseheads kicked off the 2021 QMJHL Entry Draft on Friday night by selecting defenceman Dylan MacKinnon with the fifth overall selection, forward Mathieu Cataford at sixth overall and forward Logan Crosby 20th overall.
General Manager Cam Russell and his scouting staff welcomed nine more players to the fold on Saturday when rounds 2-14 were held online. Russell used his picks to grab four forwards, three defenceman and two goalies.
In the second round, Halifax chose right winger Vincent Gauthier from the Chateauguay Grenadiers 37th overall. The highly ranked forward had 18 goals and 15 assists in 25 games in Bantam in 2019-20. The Mooseheads went back to the Moncton Flyers program in the third round with the 55th overall pick when they grabbed defenceman Jack Martin. Martin was paired on the blueline with Dylan MacKinnon last season. He scored 10 points in 16 games.
The Mooseheads then went with goalies on back-to-back picks in the seventh and ninth rounds by taking Daniel Heroux of Laval-Montreal Rousseau Royal and Jack Milner of the Cape Breton West Islanders.
Russell then went to the Halifax Macs for a pair of players by choosing defenceman Joseph Power in the 10th round and forward Liam Welsh in the 11th round. The team picked up one more blueliner in the 12th round in the form of Noah Razon from Lac-St Louis Midget Espoir while wrapping up the draft with forward Elijah Thompson of Laval-Montreal in the 13th round and left winger Ben Wallace from Pictou County in the 14th and final round.
The US player draft followed with the team nabbing forward Chris Battaini from Shattuck St. Mary’s and defenceman Jake Freelove from Winchendon School Wapitis.