The 2019 QMJHL Draft Lottery will be held on Thursday, April 18, in Montreal. The results of the Draft Lottery will be revealed LIVE on TVA Sports during a special half-hour show which starts at 4:30 PM ET.
The draw will determine the order for the first five selections of the 2019 Annual Draft that will take place at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City on Saturday, June 8, 2019.
The order of selection will be determined by a draw which will be supervised by an independent third party. The probability of winning the draw is based on the team’s position in the overall standings as follows:
|Moncton Wildcats (from Bathurst) – 18th position
|Val-d’Or Foreurs (from Saint John) – 17th position
|Shawinigan Cataractes – 16th position
|Gatineau Olympiques – 15th position
|Saint John Sea Dogs (from B.-Boisbriand) – 14th position
Once a team is drawn, they are removed from the process. This process is repeated each time a team is drawn. However, if the Moncton Wildcats (draft pick from Bathurst) are not picked during the first or the second lottery draw, they will automatically be awarded the third overall selection. Moreover, the Val-d’Or Foreurs (draft pick from Saint John) cannot pick later than fourth overall due to their seventeenth-place finish.
Saint John’s previous top five draft picks include William Villenueve (2nd overall) in 2018 and Joe Veleno (1st overall) in 2015.