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Meet Pey­ton Hoyt, the Scream­ing Ea­gles’ con­fi­dent new rookie.

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY DAVID JALA sports@ cb­post. com

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.

CP PHOTO

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Pey­ton Hoyt is the team’s con­fi­dent new rookie.

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