Con­cep­tion Bay North play­ers ranked high for Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior draft

The Compass - - Sports - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Two young for­wards from the Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion are at­tract­ing con­sid­er­able at­ten­tion less than a month ahead of this year’s draft for the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League.

Daw­son Mercer of Bay Roberts and Co­ley’s Point na­tive Kyle Pet­ten are both ranked among the top-30 draft-el­i­gi­ble play­ers, ac­cord­ing to the QMJHL’s Cen­tral Scout­ing. Fi­nal rank­ings were pub­lished last Mon­day, with the draft tak­ing place June 3 in Saint John, N.B.

David Hibbs of Bay Roberts is mean­while ranked as a po­ten­tial pick for rounds nine through 12.

Mercer, a six-foot for­ward, is ranked 12th over­all, mak­ing him a po­ten­tial first-round selec­tion for the 18-team league. He re­cently com­pleted his first sea­son play­ing prep school hockey for Bish­ops College in Sher­brooke, Que.

A for­mer team­mate of Pet­ten’s on the Tri Pen bantam Ice, the 15-year-old ad­justed quickly to his new sur­round­ings, fin­ish­ing third in team scor­ing on the un­der-18 var­sity club with 48 points in 51 games.

He also had quite the tour­na­ment last month at the QMJHL’s Ga­torade Ex­cel­lence Chal­lenge, an an­nual event that at­tracts lots of scouts and man­agers, as it fea­tures the best draft-el­i­gi­ble tal­ent Que­bec and At­lantic Canada has to of­fer.

Mercer led all scor­ers in roundrobin ac­tion with four goals and nine as­sists in five games. He helped Team New­found­land and Labrador fin­ish third in the six­team tour­na­ment, col­lect­ing a goal and two as­sists in a 6-5 win over Nova Sco­tia.

Pet­ten, 16, is ranked 27th head­ing into the draft and projects to be a se­cond-round pick. The five-foot-seven-inch for­ward suited up for Team New­found­land and Labrador at the same tour­na­ment last month, col­lect­ing one as­sist in five games.

Re­turn­ing home last fall af­ter spend­ing the pre­vi­ous sea­son play­ing at Athol Mur­ray College of Notre Dame in Wil­cox, Sask., Pet­ten had 21 points in 19 reg­u­lar sea­son games for the Tri Pen Osprey of the New­found­land and Labrador Ma­jor Midget Hockey League. In the play­offs, Pet­ten fin­ished se­cond in team scor­ing with 11 goals and five as­sists in 11 games.

Hibbs, a 16-year-old for­ward, suited up last sea­son for New­bridge Academy, a pri­vate school in Sackville, N.S., where Kyle Pet­ten, pic­tured here dur­ing his play­ing days with Athol Mur­ray College of Notre Dame, is ranked 27th by Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League’s Cen­tral Scout­ing. he col­lected 18 points in 36 reg­u­lar sea­son games.

He also played for Team New­found­land and Labrador at the Ga­torade Ex­cel­lence Chal­lenge, col­lect­ing three goals and one as­sist in five games. Hibbs is sixfeet tall and listed at 193 pounds.

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

David Hibbs of Bay Roberts is among the play­ers ranked as a po­ten­tial pick in the up­com­ing Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League draft.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Daw­son Mercer could wind up as a first-round pick in next month’s Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League draft.

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