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Restocking through the Draft

2020-01-14

The QMJHL trade period has come and gone and it proved to be a busy one for Halifax Mooseheads General Manager Cam Russell as he made the necessary moves in order to bring the organization back to contending status as soon as possible.

Russell made the difficult decisions to trade long-time Mooseheads veterans Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Jared McIsaac, Raphael Lavoie, Walter Flower, Patty Kyte and others in favour of loading up on draft picks to build for the future. The prospect cupboards were bare after building the competitive team that finished in first place in the Eastern Conference last season before advancing all the way to the President Cup Final and the Memorial Cup Final in one of the most exciting playoff runs in franchise history.

By virtue of these recent moves, Halifax went from having zero picks in the opening three rounds of the 2020 draft to having six in the first two rounds which works out to six of the top 36 selections this coming June. The Herd will select twice in the first round and four more times in the second round. Russell also owns one in the third round and three picks in the fourth round – giving him a total of 10 of the top 72 picks in the draft. Needless to say, many of those incoming prospects will have a major impact on the future of the franchise as soon as next season.

Not only did will the team get much better through the 2020 QMJHL Entry Draft but assets were added for both the 2021 and 2022 drafts as well. The Herd will have eight, or potentially nine selections through the first four rounds in 2021. Ostap Safin was dealt to the Mooseheads from Saint John for a first round pick prior to the 2018-19 season. After the league determined that he was injured before coming to Halifax, not only did they change the pick from 2020 to 2021 but the teams also agreed to an important condition. If the Mooseheads finish in the bottom eight teams of the standings in 2020-21 then Halifax will keep the first round pick and send the Sea Dogs their first rounder in 2022.

The Mooseheads have been through the rebuilding process as recently as 2014-15 which saw the team deal Zachary Fucale to Quebec which netted the assets needed to draft both Jared McIsaac and Justin Barron. This season was a bit different as Halifax had several players who will be leaving to play either professionally or in the University ranks next season, resulting in the most moves at the deadline in Cam Russell’s tenure as General Manager. He made a total of 10 trades beginning on December 15th and has accumulated an impressive amount of draft picks to be turned into future prospects. Now the onus is on Russell and his scouting staff who have been working diligently to prepare for what will be a franchise altering draft June 6th in Sherbrooke, QC.

Halifax’s CHL Import Draft pick will also be their highest since grabbing Filip Zadina 11th overall in 2017. The draft order is determined by worst to best record. Each year the three CHL leagues take turns with selecting first. This June it will be the OHL who will pick first while the QMJHL has the second selection. If the draft were to be held today, the Mooseheads would hold the eighth overall pick. Halifax has had five top 10 picks since 2006, using them on Jakub Voracek (1st), Tomas Knotek (6th), Martin Frk (3rd), Nikolaj Ehlers (6th) and Nico Hischier (6th).

2020 Mooseheads Draft Picks

ROUND OWNER VIA
1st (CHA) Halifax CHI-Lavoie Trade
1st (CHI) Halifax CHI-Kyte Trade
2nd (SNB) Halifax RIM-Flower Trade
2nd (SHA) Halifax SHA-Trepanier Trade
2nd (MON) Halifax MON-Groulx Trade
2nd (SHE) Halifax CHI-Lavoie Trade
3rd (BAT) Halifax MON-McIsaac Trade
4th Halifax
4th (BAT) Halifax RIM-Flower Trade
4th (GAT) Halifax GAT-Trepanier Trade
5th Halifax
8th Halifax
9th Halifax
11th Halifax
12th Halifax
13th Halifax
14th Halifax

 

2021 Mooseheads Draft Picks

ROUND OWNER VIA
1st (MON) Halifax MON-Groulx Trade
2nd Halifax
2nd (CHI) Halifax CHI-Lavoie Trade
3rd Halifax
3rd (CHI) Halifax CHI-Lavoie Trade
3rd (SHE) Halifax SHE-Parent Trade
4th Halifax
4th (SNB) Halifax SNB-Safin Trade
5th (MON) Halifax MON-McIsaac Trade
7th Halifax
9th Halifax
10th Halifax
11th Halifax
12th Halifax
13th Halifax
14th Halifax

*If Halifax finishes in the bottom 8 of the 2020-21 QMJHL standings they will also retain their own 1st round pick which will be in addition to the 1st acquired from Moncton.

2022 Mooseheads Draft Picks

ROUND OWNER VIA
1st Halifax
1st (MON) Halifax MON-McIsaac Trade
2nd Halifax
2nd (MON) Halifax MON-Groulx Trade
3rd Halifax
3rd (MON) Halifax MON-McIsaac Trade
4th Halifax
5th Halifax
6th Halifax
7th Halifax
8th Halifax
9th Halifax
10th Halifax
11th Halifax
12th Halifax
13th Halifax
14th Halifax

 

The next home game for the Mooseheads is Thursday, January 23rd at 7pm at Scotiabank Centre against the Gatineau Olympiques.

Tickets are available now at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office, select Superstore outlets, TicketAtlantic.com or charge by phone 902-451-1221.

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