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Mooseheads could look to bolster team at Saturday's QMJHL entry draft

The Herd will head into the 2018-19 season with dreams of winning the CHL's top prize on home turf as hosts of the 2019 Memorial Cup. 
File photo of Halifax Mooseheads logo.

The Halifax Mooseheads could have a different strategy in mind heading into Saturday's Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft.

After two years of taking high-end players near the top of the draft, including Bo Groulx, Jared McIsaac and Xavier Parent, the Herd will head into the 2018-19 season with dreams of winning the CHL's top prize on home turf as host of the 2019 Memorial Cup.

And with two picks in the first round - 12th and 16th overall - there are reports the Mooseheads could be using the draft choices as currency to bring in veteran QMJHL talent. 

"The Mooseheads have a deal in place that will be bringing Antoine Morand and Jordan Maher," said Mooseheads play-by-play host Garreth MacDonald. Morand and Maher skated to a Memorial Cup win with Acadie-Bathurst Titan earlier this month, with Morand leading the team in regular-season scoring.

MacDonald said the return for that pair could potentially include one of the first-round picks. 

That trade could help bolster a roster that's set to lose at least a couple of key players heading into next season. 

"With Connor Moynihan and Max Fortier, your overagers, leaving the team, there are a few holes there," said MacDonald. 

He added that with many of last year's 19-year-olds playing depth roles, there's no guarantee of who will be back.

The loss of goalie Blade Mann-Dixon means Mooseheads GM Cam Russell will also need to find a backup goaltender to play behind or in tandem with Alex Gravel. 

Halifax has 18 total picks to work with over the 18 rounds of the draft, which gets underway Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in Shawinigan.

Mark Hodgins

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Mark Hodgins is an Ontario-born Haligonian. A graduate of the Loyalist College journalism program, he’s been with NEWS 95.7 since 2016. Mark is a lover of sports, politics and video games.
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