The Cape Breton Eagles drafted 17 players and made multiple trades as the QMJHL draft unfolded over two days this past weekend.
After choosing goaltender Nicolas Ruccia of the Laval-Montréal midget AAA club in the first round on Friday night, the Eagles moved closer to home selecting Maritime forwards in rounds two and three. Round two saw the Eagles nab Pictou County winger Lucas Canning, who recorded 38 points in 34 games playing major midget in Nova Scotia last season. in round three Cape Breton chose Colby Huggan, who collected 37 points in 33 contests playing with Charlottetown in the New Brunswick/PEI midget AAA league.
The Eagles first dove into the pool of defensemen in round five, drafting François-James Buteau of Collège Esther-Blondin in the Quebec midget AAA league and Jacob Long of Fredericton in the New Brunswick/PEI midget AAA league. By the draft’s conclusion the Eagles selected nine forwards, six defensemen, and two goaltenders. Cape Breton took two Cape Bretoners with its final two choices: defenseman Liam Trenholm of Cape Breton and forward Reese Allen of Sydney, both teams in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey league.
In total the Eagles picked seven players from Nova Scotia, six from Quebec, and two from each New Brunswick and PEI. With the exception of forward Davis Cooper (2003), all draft picks were 2004 born players.
A series of trades led to the Eagles adding 17 year old defenseman Jacob Squires for the coming season. Last year the 6’1, 173 pound defenseman collected three assists in 52 games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
Prior to acquiring Squires, the Eagles moved the 49th overall pick (in the third round) to Shawinigan in exchange for the 54th (also in the third round) and 89th (fifth round) choices. The 54th pick was then sent to the Huskies along with Sherbrooke’s 8th round selection in 2021, in return for Squires.
Additionally the Eagles made a minor trade with Shawinigan, with the Eagles moving their 12th round pick in 2020 for Shawinigan’s 12th round choice in 2022.
The QMJHL will hold a separate draft for American players this coming Monday, June 8th at 11 AM Atlantic time. The Eagles will choose 15th and 33rd in the two round event. Teams are not allowed to trade their choices in the American draft.
Please find below the list of players selected by the Eagles in the 2020 QMJHL draft. The list includes the round and pick the player was chosen with, the player’s name, position, prior club and league, height and weight, and statistics from the 2019-20 season.
Round 1, #17. Nicolas Ruccia. Goaltender. Laval-Montréal, Quebec Midget AAA. 5’11, 148. 2.54 goals against average, 903 save percentage.
Round 2, #35. Lucas Canning. Left Wing. Pictou County, Nova Scotia Major Midget. 6’, 174. 38 points in 34 games.
Round 3, #48. Colby Huggan. Centre. Charlottetown, New Brunswick/PEI Midget AAA. 5’10, 130 pounds. 37 points in 33 games.
Round 5, #83. François-James Buteau. Defenseman. Collège Esther-Blondin, Quebec Midget AAA. 6’2, 171 pounds. 7 points in 34 games.
Round 5, #89. Jacob Long. Defenseman. Fredericton, New Brunswick/PEI Midget AAA. 6’, 154 pounds. 10 points in 34 games.
Round 5, #91. Kiefer Lyons. Right Wing. Saint John, New Brunswick/PEI Midget AAA. 5’11, 169 pounds. 24 points in 36 games.
Round 6, #98. Alexis Bonefon. Left Wing. Coll. Charles-Lemoy, Quebec Midget AAA. 6’, 162. 12 points in 41 games.
Round 6, #109. Matheas Elles. Defenseman. Halifax, Nova Scotia Major Midget. 6′, 181. 17 points in 35 games.
Round 7, #113, Nicolas Hogue. Right Wing. Académie Sainte-Thérèse, RESQ. 5’4, 130 pounds. 36 points in 32 games.
*Round 7, #115. Davis Cooper. Left Wing. Halifax, Nova Scotia Major Midget. 6, 174 pounds. 36 points in 35 games.
Round 7, #127. Olivier Houde. Centre. Collège de Lévis, LHPS. 5’10, 149 pounds. 29 points in 24 points.
Round 8, #138. Kevin McKenna. Defenseman. Châteauguay, Quebec midget AAA. 5’11, 149 pounds. 4 points in 34 games.
Round 9, #163. Noah Comeau. Defenseman. Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia Major Midget. 6’2, 160 pounds. 9 points in 35 games.
Round 10, #181. Nolan Stewart. Centre. Charlottetown, New Brunswick/PEI Midget AAA. 6’, 170 pounds. 9 points in 38 games.
Round 11, #189. Noah Harvey. Goaltender. Steele Subaru, Nova Scotia Major Midget. 5’11, 153 pounds. 3.64 goals against average, 890 save percentage.
Round 12, #216. Liam Trenholm. Defenseman. Cape Breton West, Nova Scotia Major Midget. 5’11, 163 pounds. 15 points in 33 games.
Round 13, #235. Reese Allen. Left Wing. Sydney, Nova Scotia Major Midget. 6’4, 193. 16 points in 30 games.
*Denotes 2003 born player. All other selections are 2004 born players.