While several area players were listed on the May draft list, after the 12 rounds completed at the annual Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Draft on Saturday, there were four players with Connecticut ties that came off the board:
|Round||Pick||Team||Player||Pos.||Previous Team||’10-’11 Stats (G-A-Pts)||Hometown|
|2||22||Halifax Mooseheads||Adam Erne||F||Indiana Ice||10-8-18||Branford, CT|
|8||144||Saint-John Sea Dogs||Ryan Segalla||D||Salisbury School||3-10-13||Rockland, MA|
|9||157||Quebec Remparts||Kevin Duane||F||Brunswick Academy||15-18-33||New Canaan, CT|
|10||179||Saint-John Sea Dogs||Marc Biega||D||Salisbury School||6-7-13||Montreal, QC|
Erne going in the second round was a bit of a surprise, given that he already has a scholarship lined up at Boston University. Generally speaking, a team wouldn’t risk an early round pick on a player that wasn’t at least giving some serious thought to playing major junior hockey. If he does choose to sign and play out the upcoming season for Halifax, however, he will likely forgo that scholarship, given that the NCAA considers the QMJHL to be “professional” hockey and he would lose his amateur status. The next few weeks should be an interesting time for him, to say the least.
In an interesting side note, starting next year the QMJHL will be requiring its teams to draft at least two American players each year. This is believed to be in response to the low percentage of players from the US currently playing in the Q (2.5% in 2010-2011), as well as the league’s recent decision to dissolve it’s only US-based team, the Lewiston Maineacs.