Shawinigan, QC – The Saint John Sea Dogs made 17 selections at this year’s QMJHL entry draft held in Shawinigan, QC on Saturday.  The Sea Dogs were able to draft three of the top six CSR ranked players available in the draft, defensemen William Villeneuve and Jeremie Poirier, and Fredericton, New Brunswick stand out Josh Lawrence.

“I am very proud of the Draft we had and the hard work that our scouts and hockey operations team put in” said Trevor Georgie, President & General Manager. “We were able to add two elite defensemen and an elite offensive centreman with our first three picks. Josh would never have been available at 15 if it were not for his NCAA commitment.”

Saint John then used their first pick of the 2nd round to draft forward Brady Burns of Nova Scotia, who had been ranked 25th overall by CSR ranking.

“Brady is an offensive player that competes every shift”, said Georgie. “He pours his heart and soul into all he does. He wanted to be a Sea Dog and comes from a great hockey family. He has elite vision and makes plays everywhere on the ice. It will take time for him to adjust to the QMJHL like all 16-year-olds but he is relentless in his pursuit to be the best – and we value those qualities.”

Brady suffered a season ending injury in January of this year but made his return to the ice in time for the QMJHL Combine. Brady’s father Darren coaches the Acadia Axemen of U SPORTS.

Saint John made their first trade of the day during the 2nd round when the Sea Dogs sent a 3rd round pick (37th overall in 2018) and a 4th round pick (67th overall in 2018) to Charlottetown in return for the 32nd overall pick in 2018 which was quickly used to draft PEI defenseman Charlie DesRoches who had been ranked 30th overall in CSR ranking.

“We believe Charlie was one of the top four defensemen available in this year’s draft” said Georgie. “Adding him to William and Jeremie, give us three top defensemen in their age group. We are very proud of his commitment to the Sea Dogs.”

A second trade was made later on in the day that saw overage defenseman Michael Campoli traded to Saint John from Blainville-Boisbriand in exchange for 4th and 6th Round picks in the 2019 draft. Campoli previously played for the US National u18 Team and Boston College before joining the Penticton Vees of the BCHL this past season where he put up 11 points in 19 games.

“Michael is a solid defenseman who will insulate our young blue line and help our young players develop” said Georgie. He will be an anchor back there and is very familiar with Josh Dixon as they worked together in the past.”

In total the Sea Dogs were able to draft six of the top 30 CSR ranked players (20%) – the most of any team at this year’s draft.

“We leave the 2018 Draft with 20% of the top 30, 50% of the top 6, and in our opinion, 3 of the 4 top defensemen” said Georgie. “We also added a number of local players to our organization, including 4 who play hockey right here in Saint John. We are very pleased with our Draft and I want to highlight the work that Anthony Stella did with our scouting staff and Josh Dixon did on recruiting. We are going to be a very young but exciting team next season. We are going to be patient, we are going to make lots of mistakes, but we will do it with youth and focus on developing them for our next President Cup run in a few seasons.”

“We had what I would categorize as the best draft we have ever had in Saint John” said a glowing CEO and majority owner Scott McCain.

The future is bright.

2nd Overal pick William Villeneuve & 8th overall pick Jeremy Poirier.
2nd Overall pick William Villeneuve & 8th overall pick Jeremie Poirier.

William Villeneuve (D)

1st Round – 2nd Overall
Magog Cantonniers / QMAAA
40 GP / 9G / 25A / 34PTS

Jeremie Poirier (D)
1st Round – 8th Overall
Châteauguay Grenadiers
40GP / 5G / 26A / 31PTS

Josh Lawrence (F)
1st round – 15th Overall
Selects Hockey Academy 16U / Midget
49 GP / 27G / 56A / 83PTS

Brady Burns (F)
2nd round – 29th overall
Valley Wildcats / NSMMHL
26GP / 13G / 26A / 39PTS

Charlie DesRoches (D)
2nd round – 32nd overall
Selects Hockey Academy 15U / Midget
53GP / 12G / 30A / 42PTS

Mathias Savoie (G)
4th round – 62nd
Ontario Hockey Academy U17 / HEOMAAA
20GP / 2.23GAA / .916 SVS%

Alexandre O’Neill (F)
5th round – 82nd Overall
Lac St-Louis Lions / QMAAA
31GP / 26G / 19A / 45PTS

Charles-Antoine Dumont (F)
6th round – 108th Overall
Pointe-Lévy Corsaires Espoir / QMEAA
29GP / 22G / 18A / 40PTS

Dawson Stairs (F)
7th round – 109th Overall
Rothesay Netherwood School / MPHL

21GP / 4G / 11A / 15PTS

Nicolas Kakouras (D)
8th round – 127th Overall
Laval-Montréal Rousseau Royal / QMAAA
40GP / 2G / 13A / 15PTS

Kale McCallum (D)
8th round – 133rd Overall
Saint John Vito’s Midget AAA / NBPEIMMHL
33GP / 7G / 22A / 29PTS

Connor Richard (F)
10th round – 163rd Overall
Saint John Vito’s Midget AAA / NBPEIMMHL
33GP / 13G / 9A / 22PTS

Connor Bradford (G)
10th round – 165th Overall
Boston Advantage U15 / ECEL U16
9GP / 1.65GAA / .924SVS%

Anthony Provost (F)
10th round – 178th Overall
Coll. Charles-Lemoy. Riverains / QMAAA
17GP / 3G / 3A / 6PTS

Riley Bezeau (F)
12th round –  199th Overall
South Shore Kings 16U / USPHL 16U
8GP / 1G / 3A / 4PTS

Simon Trottier (D)
13th round – 217th Overall
Lac St-Louis Lions / QMAAA
40GP / 0G / 5A / 5PTS

William Gagnon (F)
14th round – 235th Overall
Laurentides Conquérants Espoir / QMEAA
31GP / 14G / 22A / 36PTS

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