Saint John Sea Dogs take Joseph Veleno 1st overall at QMJHL draft

The 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft was held Saturday in Sherbrooke, Q.C. and the Saint John Sea Dogs had the top pick.

The Maritime teams all had picks in the first round, except for the Moncton Wildcats

Joseph Veleno (centre) was taken with the first pick of the 2015 QMJHL entry draft by the Saint John Sea Dogs. (The Canadian Press)

The 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft was held Saturday in Sherbrooke, Q.C. and the Saint John Sea Dogs had the top pick.

With the pick, the Sea Dogs took 15-year-old centre Joseph Veleno, an underage player who was granted exceptional status earlier this week that allowed him to be drafted.

Last season, he had 52 points in 41 regular season games playing for the Lac St-Louis Lions of the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League (QMAAA).

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan held the second pick in the draft and took forward Antoine Morand of Mercier, Q.C. Last season, he played with the Chateauguay Grenadiers of the QMAAA and had 18 goals and 55 points during the regular season.

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles picked fourth overall and took forward Shane Bowers of Herring Cove, N.S.

Bowers led the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League (NSMMHL) with 23 goals and 52 points.

Cape Breton also had the sixth pick and took Peyton Hoyt of Fredericton, N.B. The centre with the Fredericton Service Master Clean Canadiens of the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League (NBPEIMMHL) scored 29 goals and 38 points last season.

The Halifax Mooseheads had the seventh pick and took Arnaud Durandeau of the Lac-St-Louis Lions. The forward scored 25 goals and 51 points last season.

More first round selections

Saint John had two other picks in the first round and took goalie Alex D'Orio with the ninth pick and forward Cedric Pare with the 10th pick. D'Orio was the second goalie taken in the draft and played with MagogCantonniers of the QMAAA last season, while Pare played with the LévisCommandeurs last season and notched 13 points.

The Charlottetown Islanders picked 13th overall and selected forward Shawn Boudrias from the Esther-Blondin Phénix of the QMAAA. The forward picked up 15 points last season.

The Moncton Wildcats did not pick until the second round – 29th overall. The team selected forward Mika Cyr of the Fredericton Service Master Clean Canadiens of the NBPEIMMHL. He scored 31 goals and 50 points last season.

The draft had a total of 14 rounds.