Seven players with local ties selected in 2012 QMJHL Draft

The 2012 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Draft finished on Saturday and seven player with ties to Connecticut were selected:

8 130 Sherbrooke Mitchell Lundholm F Selects Hockey Academy at South Kent School (U16) Plymouth, MA
9 160 Rouyn-Noranda Trevor Malmgren F Selects Hockey Academy at South Kent School (U16) Manchester, NH
10 170 Moncton Anthony Florentino D South Kent West Roxbury, MA Providence College
12 213 Halifax John Hayden F US Under 17 NTDP Greenwich, CT Yale
13 232 Blainville-Boisbriand Jason Kalinowski F Salisbury Stamford, CT University of New Hampshire
13 236 Saint John Wiley Sherman D Hotchkiss Greenwich, CT Harvard
14 239 Shawinigan Colin Sullivan D Avon Old Farms Milford, CT Boston College

A new rule, put into effect this year, required each team to draft at least two American-born players, resulting in an logical uptick in Americans drafted overall. With the rising number of Americans selected, will likely come rising controversy though, as players who opt to play in the QMJHL are considered “professional” by the NCAA and thus, ineligible to compete in the collegiate ranks. (Here is a nice explanation of Rule “ Major Junior A Ice Hockey”, as well as some other NCAA eligibility rules)

Since five of the seven players listed above have already committed to a Division 1 men’s college program, it will be interesting to see if any follow the path of North Branford native Adam Erne, who decided to forgo a scholarship to Boston University in favor of signing with the Quebec Remparts last summer.