F Benoit-Olivier Groulx - Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL (2018 Draft)
Benoit-Olivier Groulx is slated to be the #1 overall pick in the upcoming QMJHL draft. The Halifax Mooseheads just won the first pick in the lottery, so they may select him, otherwise, he would go 2nd overall to the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.
Groulx is a 6'1, 176 lbs forward who is viewed as a fast and physical goal-scorer. His father, Benoit Groulx, is the coach of the Gatineau Olympiques and has won gold at the WJC with team Canada.
Groulx posted 51 points in 41 games this year in Midget AAA. He is eligible for the 2018 NHL draft. I'm not sure exactly where he stands within that draft, but he has to be top-15, maybe top-10. He is a very high-end prospect.
Last year's 1st overall pick, Joseph Veleno of the Saint John Sea Dogs, is also eligible for the 2018 NHL draft.
Groulx picked 1st overall by the Halifax Mooseheads. The Mooseheads then trade the 7th, 16th and 24th overall picks this year and a 2017 1st to Baie-Comeau for the second overall pick. They use the 2nd overall pick to draft Jared McIsaac.
Groulx picked 1st overall by the Halifax Mooseheads. The Mooseheads then trade the 7th, 16th and 24th overall picks this year, as well as their top selection next year, to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, for the second overall pick. They use the 2nd overall pick to draft Jared McIsaac.
Just drafted Jake Wise as well. I don't expect him to report, but if he somehow Smith and Russell make it happen, Halifax is going to be loaded.
Big name American's rarely skip the USNDP if they have an invite now. It would be a shock if he did. Especially with the recent success of guys coming out of it. They could have a good shot though at Rubtsov or Hirshier, which is big. Hirshier might be the better option of the two as you are more likely to get him for 2 to 3 years, as I think Rubtsov will do 1 CHL year then the AHL.
Not only is Hishier away but almost as importantly for the Mooseheads Connor Moynihan has been out. Two of their top three offensive skaters. The Moose will struggle but it's pretty nice to have the young up and coming stars there to push for time.