With what has been quite a dramatic off-season so far for the Ligue Nord-Americaine de Hockey, the league is getting settled for its 2014-2015 entry draft taking place on June 14th. Three clubs that were on the brink of being folded, the Riviere Du Loup 3L, St. Georges COOL FM, and the Cornwall River Kings will have their hands full as they prepare with only a few days to scout out some players after being saved earlier in the week.
Taking place at the Colisee Cardin in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, the home of the Eperviers, the draft will consist of 10 rounds of 8 picks each. The defending champs, the Jonquiere Marquis have three picks in the first round that will no doubt be used to their advantage. Cornwall won’t be in the mix until the second round with the second pick and tenth overall.
Among the players that Cornwall drafted the rights to last year were two goaltenders, sharpshooter Jonathan Zion (who ended up heading over to the Netherlands to play) and Brett Angel who ended up being traded mid-way through the season to Laval. A couple players who suited up in the CCHL, Chris Ayotte and Mike Byrd were also among the 10.
All teams will be looking to make an impact at the draft. Needing to shake off the drama that has already preceded the 2014-2015 season, the LNAH wants to start the campaign on the right foot. Here’s the list of who has the first ten picks:
1. Jonquiere (from Laval)
2. Trois-Rivieres (from Cornwall)
3. St. Georges
4. Riviere Du Loup
5. Thetford Mines
6. Jonquiere (from Sorel-Tracy)
8. Trois Rivieres
The Laval Braves and Cornwall River Kings have their first pick in the second round.