2002 QMJHL Entry Draft Preview

By Phil Laugher

Greetings folks,

It is hard to believe that the off-season for the Halifax Mooseheads is
already half over. The unofficial midway point comes this Saturday, when
all sixteen QMJHL teams participate in the league’s 2002 Midget Draft. This
year’s draft is being held in Bathurst, New Brunswick, at the KC Irving Center.

The Sherbrooke Castors have the distinction of holding the first overall
pick in this year’s draft, and skilled, hard-nosed Magog forward Alex
Bourret is pegged as the top prospect, who could potentially go to the
Castors. However, should Sherbrooke decide to trade that pick, there are
many other players who could leapfrog over Bourret and emerge as the top
pick in this year’s draft, such as Amos sniper Brent Aubin, or Girouard
forward Kevin Mailhiot. Selecting second will be the Moncton Wildcats, who
have missed the playoffs the last two years, yet have managed to build up a
solid core of youngsters in the process.
With the Memorial Cup being held in Quebec in 2003, there could be a
barrage of trades on draft day as teams look to get a leg up on their
competition. The current draft order for Saturday’s draft, barring any
trades, is as follows:

1. Sherbrooke Castors
2. Moncton Wildcats
3. Montreal Rocket
4. Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
5. Val d'Or Foreurs
6. Drummondville Voltiguers
7. Quebec Remparts
8. Rimouski Oceanic
9. Hull Olympiques
10.Baie-Comeau Drakkar
11.Victoriaville Tigres
12.Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
13.Halifax Mooseheads
14.Shawinigan Cataractes
15.Chicoutimi Saguneens
16.Acadie-Bathurst Titan

Halifax will likely be looking towards adding forwards to their depleted
four lines on draft day, as Jason King and Robbie Sutherland are gone after
their overage seasons, Sergei Klyazmin is likely gone to the minor-pro
ranks in the Colorado system, and more forwards may be victims of the
overage numbers game. On defence, Halifax is solid, with potentially seven
regular defensemen from the 2001-2002 season returning to the fold.
Here is a list of the top 80 midget and bantam players eligible for
Saturday’s draft, with statistics for most players:

First round
1 Bourret Alex 5'09 201 15 A/W G/L MAAA Magog QC 40GP-26G-34A-60P-105PIM
2 Melanson Mathieu 6'00 180 16 A/W G/L MAAA Moncton NB 32GP-31G-19A-50P-34PIM
3 Laliberté David 6'00 177 15 A/W D/R MAAA CAGirouard QC 41GP-21G-21A-42P-14PIM
4 Aubin Brent 5'08 169 15 C D/R MAAA Amos QC 42GP-39G-43A-82P-50PIM
5 Latendresse Olivier 5'08½ 163 15 C G/L MAAA CCLemoyne QC
39GP-17G-50A-67P-41PIM
6 Mailhiot Kevin 6'01 186 15 A/W G/L MAAA CAGirouard QC 36GP-32G-22A-54P-52PIM
7 Vokey Jared 6'00 185 16 A/W G/L JrA Trenton Ont NS 48GP-21G-31A-52P-32PIM
8 Ellis Julien 6'00 180 15 G G/L MAAA CAGirouard QC 22GP-16-2-1-2.69
9 MacCormack Colin 5'11½ 188 16 A/W D/R MAAA Halifax NS 27GP-24G-16A-40P-40PIM
10 Mitchell Torrey 5'09½ 152 16 A/W D/R MAAA CCLemoyne QC
41GP-15G-41A-56P-54PIM
11 Roach Brandon 6'03½ 208 16 D D/R MAAA Tri-Pen NFL
12 Labelle Olivier 5'11 172 16 A/W D/R MAAA LLL QC 41GP-27G-34A-61P-117PIM
13 Larivière Jonathan 5'09 190 15 A/W G/L MAAA CCLemoyne QC
41GP-32G-28A-60P-79PIM
14 Bélanger Maxime 5'11½ 200 15 D D/R MAAA Magog QC 37GP-4G-9A-13PIM-134PIM
15 Brière Joël 6'02 169 16 C D/R MAAA Amos QC 40GP-21G-57A-78P-91PIM
16 Vienneau Justin 6’03 201 15 D G/L MAAA Moncton NB 30GP-2G-6A-8P-61PIM

2nd round
17 Sawyer Jean-Claude 6'01 166 15 D G/L MAAA St John NB 32GP-2G-12A-14P-78PIM
18 Roy Mathieu 5'11½ 161 15 A/W G/L MAAA Amos QC 41GP-14G-30A-44P-40PIM
19 Zaoré-Vanié Vincent 6'00 168 15 D D/R MAAA SSFrançois QC
40GP-7G-10A-17P-36PIM
20 Ledaire Colin 6'02 185 16 D D/R MAAA Dartmouth NS 33GP-5G-20A-25P-50PIM
21 Cabana Frédérik 5'11 168 15 A/W G/L MAAA Magog QC 37GP-20G-16A-36P-124PIM
22 Courcelles Simon 5'08 173 15 C G/L BAAA Notre Dame SK QC
32GP-16G-6A-22P-47PIM
23 Lessard Benoit 6'00 200 16 D D/R MAAA Amos QC 41GP-2G-11A-13P-92PIM
24 Tremblay Érick 6'01 185 15 D G/L MAAA Gatineau QC 42GP-2G-3A-5P-96PIM
25 Allaire Louis-Simon 5'10 192 16 D G/L MAAA Magog QC 41GP-10G-22A-32P-100PIM
26 Gordon Andrew 5'09½ 155 16 A/W D/R MAAA Dartmouth NS 34GP-19G-43A-62P-2PIM
27 Caron Jeff 6'01 157 16 D G/L MAAA Moncton NB 32GP-1G-14A-15P-38PIM
28 Gauthier Sébastien 5'11½ 198 15 A/W D/R MAAA Cap-Madeleine QC
28GP-5G-23A-28P-56PIM
29 Dick Jonathan 5'06½ 148 16 C G/L MAAA CCLemoyne QC 42GP-31G-32A-63P-58PIM
30 Bélanger Pierre-Luc 5'11½ 170 16 C G/L MAAA SSFrançois QC
42GP-18G-22A-40P-32PIM
31 Plante Dominic 6'00½ 157 16 A/W G/L MAAA SSFrançois QC
39GP-10G-17A-27P-18PIM
32 Bélanger Justin 6'00½ 165 16 A/W D/R MAAA Lévis QC 42GP-21G-20A-41P-56PIM

3rd round
33 Magnan Olivier 6'01 177 15 D G/L MAAA Magog QC 42GP-3G-9A-12P-50PIM
34 Audette Marc-André 6'00½ 181 16 G G/L MAAA LLL QC 26GP-10-11-1-3.72
35 Côté Jean-Philippe 6'01½ 170 15 D G/L MAAA SSFrançois QC 42GP-0G-3A-3P-48PIM
36 Tobin Mark 6'02 190 16 A/W G/L JrB St John's NFL 31GP-17G-11A-28P-54PIM
37 Brown Tyler 6'01 178 16 D D/R MAAA Dartmouth NS 33GP-5G-11A-16P-63PIM
38 Blais Alexandre 5'04 146 15 A/W D/R MAAA Lévis QC 42GP-29G-41A-70P-56PIM
38 Demers Alexandre 5'07 189 15 C D/R MAAA Lévis QC 36GP-28G-36A-64P-54PIM
40 Beauchamp Brett 6'00 192 15 D G/L MAAA EMG Floride Qc
41 Gariépy Charles 6'00½ 161 16 A/W G/L MAAA LLL QC 41GP-15G-31A-46P-34PIM
42 Bisaillon Sébastien 5'10 162 15 D D/R MAAA Amos QC 42GP-2G-5A-7P-26PIM
43 DesAlliers Renaud 6'01 177 15 A/W G/L BAA DucsRichelieu QC
44 Bessette Gabriel 6'01 181 15 D G/L BAA Yamaska-Miss. QC
45 Welton Nathan 5'11 170 15 D G/L MAAA Dartmouth NS 33GP-5G-14A-19P-34PIM
46 Doucet Kyle 5'09 164 16 C D/R MAAA Halifax NS 34GP-27G-21A-48P-72PIM
47 Beauregard Thomas 5'09½ 159 15 A/W D/R MAAA MBourassa QC
42GP-23G-20A-43P-12PIM
48 Veilleux Guillaume 6'01 191 15 D G/L BAA Québec QC

4th round
49 O'Toole Chauncey 6'00½ 188 15 D G/L MAAA St John NB 29GP-1G-9A-10P-88PIM
50 Aubut Maxime 5'10 180 15 D D/R MAAA LLL QC 33GP-3G-14A-17P-56PIM
51 Robillard Nicolas 6'03½ 197 15 A/W D/R MAAA CCLemoyne QC
37GP-11G-17A-28P-60PIM
52 Aubin Mathieu 6'01 160 15 C D/R MAAA CAGirouard QC 19GP-5G-10A-15P-10PIM
53 Bouchard Dannick 5'09 170 15 A/W D/R BAA Seigneurs MI QC
54 Careen Blake 6'00 160 16 A/W G/L MAAA St John's NFL
55 Vincent Alexandre 6'03 183 15 G G/L MAAA Cap-Madeleine QC 26GP-12-9-1-4.04
56 Simoneau Mathieu 5'11 178 16 D D/R MAAA Magog QC 38GP-8G-13A-21P-28PIM
57 Glaude Eric 5'11 201 16 D G/L MAAA Lac-St-Louis QC 38GP-3G-6A-9P-156PIM
58 Morier Étienne 5'11½ 153 15 A/W G/L BAA Yamaska-Miss. QC
59 Bégin Eric 6'00 182 15 D G/L BAA CFrançais QC
60 Roberge Philippe 5'11 164 15 G G/L BAA Rive-Sud QC
61 Robert Maxime 5'09½ 180 16 C G/L MAAA Cap-Madeleine QC
42GP-16G-31A-47P-42PIM
62 Gariépy Frédéric 6'05½ 175 16 D G/L MAAA Cap-Madeleine QC
42GP-0G-5A-5P-58PIM
63 Boileau Stéphane 5'11 171 15 C D/R MAAA LLL QC 42GP-14G-23A-37P-96PIM
64 Jenner Ryan 6'02½ 234 16 D G/L MAAA Valley NS 24GP-8G-7A-15P-64PIM

5th round
65 Chisholm Jamieson 6'01 176 16 D D/R MAAA Cape Breton Wes NS
29GP-7G-10A-17P-78PIM
66 Brunet Maxime 6'01 159 15 D G/L MAAA Amos QC 39GP-1G-6A-7P-20PIM
67 St-Denis Frédéric 5'10½ 171 15 D G/L MAAA CCLemoyne QC 42GP-4G-6A-10P-4PIM
68 Chiasson Michael 5'10 163 15 G G/L MAAA Cole Harbour NS 20GP-?-?-?-4.57
69 Angers-Goulet Mathieu 5'09 165 15 A/W G/L MAAA SSFrançois QC
42GP-15G-20A-35P-6PIM
70 Bergeron Charles 6'00½ 165 15 A/W D/R MAAA Lévis QC 40GP-3G-6A-9P-48PIM
71 Paré Jean-Philippe 6'00½ 180 16 A/W G/L MAAA Cap-Madeleine QC
42GP-18G-19A-37P-14PIM
72 Champagne François 5'11½ 162 15 C G/L BAA Beauce-Amiante QC
73 Melanson Jules 6'01 208 16 D G/L MAAA Moncton NB 32GP-4G-20A-24P-12PIM
74 Kitchen Jeff 5'10 186 16 A/W G/L MAAA St John NB 26GP-9G-8A-17P-77PIM
75 Imbeault Alexandre 5'11 125 15 C D/R BAA DucsRichelieu QC
76 Corriveau-Lacasse Jonathan 5'11 182 15 D D/R BAA PatRichelieu QC
77 Trudel Stéphane 5'11 188 15 A/W D/R MAAA Lac-St-Louis QC
42GP-13G-17A-30P-76PIM
78 Turcotte David 6'00 202 16 A/W G/L MAAA Lac-St-Louis QC
40GP-14G-8A-22P-73PIM
79 Lavallée Francis 5'10½ 201 15 A/W D/R MAAA Cap-Madeleine QC
33GP-13G-12A-25P-32PIM
80 Lamarche Alexandre 5'09½ 178 16 A/W G/L MAAA LLL QC 34GP-4G-10A-14P-168PIM

[player list from http://www.lhjmq.qc.ca]


Saturday afternoon should be very interesting, as teams jockey for
positions in the standings two months before training camps begin, and as
the next batch of QMJHL superstars find their starting points.

Until next time, this is Phil Laugher, signing off for Hockey’s Future.