MONTREAL, QC – The Saint John Sea Dogs have been awarded the first overall pick in the 2019 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft.
The QMJHL held its annual draft lottery on Thursday night at TVA studios in Montreal. Five teams were involved in this year’s draw: the Sea Dogs, Gatineau Olympiques, Shawinigan Cataractes, Val-d’Or Foreurs and Moncton Wildcats. Heading into the lottery Saint John had only a 5% chance of moving up from fifth to the first overall selection.
“I’m still in shock, to be honest. With 1 ball (in the lottery), you shouldn’t win, but here we are,” said Sea Dogs President & General Manager Trevor Georgie who was in attendance at the TVA studios.
Picking second at the draft will be the Val-d’Or Foreurs, followed by the Moncton Wildcats, Gatineau Olympiques and Shawinigan Cataractes.
“It’s good karma. We have such a loyal fan base, players that believe in the process, coaches and staff that are such optimists, an owner who is the most patient in the league, they all deserve this. I have so much faith and confidence in our Head Scout Anthony and his staff that we knew even at five, we would get a great player. With the first overall pick, we get to pick the very best, the exact one that we want. That’s special and something we look forward to doing in Quebec City.”
This was the seventh time in team history that Saint John had been entered into the draft lottery and the second time the Sea Dogs had been involved in the five-team format, which began in 2017. Saint John won the two-team draw in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014 and 2015. June’s draft will mark the sixth time the Sea Dogs select first overall.
“The Player we pick will join a talented and deep young core. He won’t need to be counted on to be “the guy” and we don’t want him to be counted on to be “the guy” either. We expect him to be a great teammate and be part of our foundation to one day compete again for a Memorial Cup. Trust the process.”
The 2019 QMJHL Entry Draft takes place on Saturday, June 8th in Quebec City.