Moncton's Ivan Barbashev is the top rated QMJHL prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft (Photo c/o Rogers Sportsnet)
The year 2013 was a banner year for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Halifax Mooseheads won the Memorial Cup cementing themselves as one of the greatest junior hockey teams ever assembled. Halifax’s Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin were selected number one and number three overall by the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning respectively. Finally, 31 players were drafted from the league, the most since 2005, when the NHL cut the length from nine to seven rounds.
Thirty-eight players were selected in 2003 over nine rounds, including Cape Breton Screaming Eagles goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who was the number one overall pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The prospect pool for the 2014 draft in Philadelphia is certainly not as prolific and star-studded as it was in New Jersey, although there is one player who is garnering attention.