Details on the format of the Lewiston Maineiacs dispersal draft have yet to be announced, but here’s some of the talent that will be most appealing to the Halifax Mooseheads.
It has been speculated that the Mooseheads will have the fourth overall pick based on their standings finish of 14th among 18 teams this past season.
POSITION: Left Wing
JUNIOR AGE: 20
If a team only needs a player for one season, the undrafted Brodeur is their man. He might be the best over-age player in the Q next season after leading the league in goals with 53 and dangerous shots with 194. The Mooseheads need scoring badly, but because Brodeur won’t be around in 2012-13, they might look elsewhere.
JUNIOR AGE: 17
The six-foot-one blueliner was a surprise first overall selection by the Maineiacs at the 2010 draft, going one pick ahead of the Mooseheads’ Luca Ciampini. But he had an impressive rookie season and should have three full seasons of junior hockey left in him. Fourner would become a top-four defenceman very quickly in Halifax.
JUNIOR AGE: 19
Acquiring a proven 19-year-old defenceman can be costly, especially one who just posted a plus-40 rating in an 11-goal, 50-point campaign. He also scored seven times on the power play and would be the quarterback the Mooseheads are seeking. But as a Washington Capitals seventh-rounder, he might be gone after one season.
JUNIOR AGE: 19
Chaput is coming off a 59-point campaign that saw him win 56.3 per cent of his faceoffs. Mooseheads GM Cam Russell has already said he badly needs a No. 1 centre, and Chaput would instantly assume that role in Halifax. He’d certainly be a great pick, but could turn pro in 2012-13 as a Columbus Blue Jackets prospect.
POSITION: Right Wing
JUNIOR AGE: 19
The six-foot-three Fournier, the Dillon’s older brother, has excellent size and is coming off a 47-point campaign. Listed as a right-winger, he won about 53.9 per cent of 304 faceoffs and can also line up at centre. Even more appealing is the fact that he’s not drafted by an NHL team, meaning he could be around for two more seasons.
C Francis Beauvillier, 18, 6-0/165: The former third overall pick has yet to break out, but has two 25-point seasons.
LW Matthew Bissonnette, 19, 6-4/185: Boom or bust. The skilled enigma had 64 points in 70 games with Lewiston.
LW Pier-Olivier Morin, 20, 5-11/162: Over-age potential after putting up 45 points in 59 games and 13 in 15 playoff games.
LW/RW Kirill Kabanov, 19, 6-3/176: Star scoring forward, but the Mooseheads would have to cut a European to add him.
C Jess Tanguy, 19, 6-1/150: Coming off a 40-point campaign, Tanguy is a centre with soft hands and breakout potential.
F Cameron Critchlow, 19, 5-10/189: The former first-round Bathurst pick had 15 goals last year and can play centre.
D Samuel Finn, 20, 5-11/190: Tough, stay-at-home defenceman posted a plus-41 rating last sedason…
LW Samuel Henley, 18, 6-3/175: The 2009 third-rounder has size and potential and had 13 goals and 18 assists at age 17.