The Sea Dogs did even better than the Sagueneens last year in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) draft lottery that was held Thursday late afternoon. With only one ball in the abacus, less than 5% of the chances, they inherited the very first choice for the session that will take place in June in Quebec City.
The Saguenéens had also been favored by chance last year, but they still had twice as many chances. A few weeks later, they selected Gatineau striker Hendrix Lapierre, who established himself as a mainstay of the attack in his first season. This year, the Lévis Knights’ striker, Joshua Roy, is expected to be the future top choice for the Midget auction.
The Sea Dogs no longer had their first choice, which belonged to the Foreurs de Val-d’Or, and remained unchanged in second place. It was with the choice of the Armada of Blainville-Boisbriand, obtained in the transaction passing Joe Veleno to Drummondville, that the formation of New Brunswick inherited the first choice.
The Moncton Wildcats, who hold the Acadie-Bathurst Titan pick, can be considered the big losers in the lottery with the Shawinigan Cataractes. The Wildcats went from first to third place while the Cataractes fell two places and retrieve fifth.
The Gatineau Olympiques did not move in fourth place. This is not the first time that the Sea Dogs are favored by the lottery, having also been lucky in 2015, which allowed them to select Joe Veleno a few weeks later. Last year, they had the greatest number of chances and slipped to second place.