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Old Posted Jun 30, 2014, 2:34 PM
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QMJHL 2014-15 Thread

Time to start up a new thread for the new season. We'll ignore the fact that the forecast high today in Moncton is 32C.

Atlantic Division Players Selected in the 2014 NHL Draft:

- Nikolaj Ehlers, Halifax Mooseheads (first round, Winnipeg Jets)
- Ivan Barbashev, Moncton Wildcats (second round, Saint Louis Blues)
- Mason McDonald, Charlottetown Islanders (second round, Calgary Flames)
- Julien Pelletier, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (fourth round, Columbus Blue Jackets)
- Clark Bishop, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (fifth round, Carolina Hurricanes)
- Cameron Darcy, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (seventh round, Tampa Bay Lightning)
- Olivier LeBlanc, Saint John Sea Dogs (seventh round, Columbus Blue Jackets).

As far as Barbashev is concerned, he had been projected to go as high as 18th in the draft, and it was certainly a surprise that he wasn't chosen in the first round, but going to the Blues is ideal for him. His former line mate on the Wildcats two years ago (Dimitrij Jaskin) is with the Blues organization and they are good friends. Jaskin was called up from the farm team and played 18 games with the Blues last year and it would be tremendous if they eventually became line mates on the team.

It was a little surprising that Vladimir Tkachev of the Wildcats wasn't chosen in the draft. He is certainly skilled enough.

Possible reasons:
- he only played 20 games with the Cats last year. He may be too much of an unknown quantity.
- he is quite small, which is a detriment with the modern NHL.
- he is Russian, which always raises the KHL factor.

If Tkachev performs as expected this year, and is seen as being committed to North American hockey, I'm sure he will eventually be taken as a free agent. There are lots of Wildcats playing professional hockey as former free agents.
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Old Posted Jun 30, 2014, 5:16 PM
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Ehlers will be returning to Halifax for the 14-15 season. I'll be interested to see what kind of numbers he can put up this season. He should be playing this season without Drouin as a linemate, who will certainly play in Tampa this season.

There are rumours that 11th overall draft pick Kevin Fiala will be joining the Quebec Remparts this season via the CHL Import Draft, which will be taking place this Wednesday.

Cape Breton's CHL Import selection from last year, Yevgeni Svechnikov, has already committed to the Screaming Eagles and will play for them this season. He joins other Russian import Maxim Lazarev on the team.

I'm not quite sold on this Saint John team yet. Cooper was traded to Charlottetown and Zilbert to Gatineau, the latter of which is no great loss. I'm expecting the younger guys to step up this season, in particular Noel and Dove-McFalls. The defence, anchored by freshly drafted LeBlanc, should be improved. SJ were the youngest team in the league last year and certainly played like it at times. It will be exciting to see what the Green twins can put up for numbers in their rookie season!
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Old Posted Aug 5, 2014, 1:24 PM
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Danny Flynn has moved on and is no longer with the Moncton Wildcats. He will be joining his old friend Ted Nolan as an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL.

Here's wishing Danny all the best in the future......
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