Ready to play
Meet Peyton Hoyt, the Screaming Eagles’ confident new rookie.
Peyton Hoyt is the ideal young hockey prospect – talented and confident.
The 16-year-old Fredericton native was an offensive powerhouse with his hometown Midget AAA Canadiens last season when he scored 29 goals in just 30 games.
And after being drafted by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles as the sixth overall pick in last month’s Québec Major Junior Hockey League, he said he’s confident he can play at the major junior level.
“I’m ready, I’m ready for the next step and I can’t wait for training camp,” said the 5foot- 9 forward, who as an underage 14- year- old in 2013- 2014 recorded 18 points in 30 games in the N. B/ P. E. I Major Midget Hockey League.
So far, Hoyt has enjoyed a quiet summer at home in Fredericton where he has spent the past couple of months improving his strength, working on fitness and doing some track and field.
He even flew under the radar at the QMJHL draft as much of the media attention focused on Shane Bowers, the Herring Cove native who though touted as a possible first overall choice ended up being selected with the fourth pick by the Screaming Eagles.
The league’s player rankings had been thrown into upheaval just days prior to the draft when the Canadian Hockey League granted Joseph Veleno ‘exceptional player’ status, which led to the Montréal sensation being drafted first- overall by the Saint John Sea Dogs.
A few picks later, Hoyt was quietly selected by Cape Breton.
After the draft, Screaming Eagles general manager and head coach Marc- André Dumont raved about Hoyt’s abilities.
“Hoyt is a gritty, speedy, physical forward with an amazing shot and he works his butt off every second of every shift — he is a very passionate and motivated kid, and we believe he was the best player available at No. 6,” said Dumont.
Heady words to ring in the ears of a 16-year-old, but Hoyt said he’s confident he can crack the Cape Breton line-up.
“My speed and physical play are my best strengths I would say,” said Hoyt.
“I’ve been working out all summer and I feel great – I’m ready to get going.”
The speedy winger is also known for his quick and accurate shot.
“I love shooting the puck – I guess I have a good snap shot and I love to one- time it, too,” he said.
One can almost sense his eagerness to play alongside returning players such as Detroit Red Wings first- round draft choice Evgeny Svechnikov, highly- touted 2016 NHL draft prospect PierreLuc Dubois, skilled Russian Maxim Lazarev, captain Clark Bishop and others.
“I know there’s a lot of talent on the team – I don’t really know any of them, but I’m hoping we’ll become good friends,” he said.
But before Hoyt attends his first Screaming Eagles training camp in three weeks time, he’s off to Calgary where he has been invited to take part in Hockey Canada’s 2015 World Junior Showcase development camp that will feature the best young hockey players in the country.
He’ll be joined at the camp by the talented Bowers and goaltender Kyle Jessiman, who was selected by Cape Breton in the second round of the recent QMJHL draft.
Dubois will also be in Calgary as a member of the under-18 national team, while defenseman Olivier LeBlanc will be at the national junior team’s first camp.
It is also expected that Svechnikov will participate as part of Team Russia.
All good company for Hoyt.
Welcomed by team officials, Peyton Hoyt puts on a Cape Breton Screaming Eagles jersey after the team selected him sixth overall pick in last month’s Québec Major Junior Hockey League draft.
Peyton Hoyt is the team’s confident new rookie.