Capitals take Cormier

Jason Simmonds
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Summerside Western Capitals general manager Pat McIver, left, and head coach Tim Schurman welcome first-round pick Sebastien Cormier to the organization. Cormier was taken fifth overall in Saturday afternoon’s MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) draft at Credit Union Place.

The Summerside Western Capitals took Charlottetown Mark’s Work Wearhouse Islanders defenceman Sebastien Cormier with the fifth overall selection in the Maritime Junior Hockey League draft at Credit Union Place.

“It’s an honour and (Summerside) is an organization growing up as a kid you always watch and hear about them having success,” said the 17-year-old Cormier, who is from Stratford. “Being a part of the team last year in the playoff run and being drafted by them is a huge honour.”

The five-foot-11 and 175-pound Cormier recorded 14 points, including three goals, and 70 penalty minutes in 34 regular season games in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League

“He came to our camp last year and (we) really liked him, and really thought hard about keeping him last year,” said Capitals general manager Pat McIver. “But, because of his age, we let him go back to midget. 

“We feel he is going to be able to play for us this year. He played some games for us last year, he played some playoff games for us, was steady, smart and we think he is going to be able to play for us for three or four years, depending on whether he plays major junior or not. That was a risk we took.”

The Capitals did not have a second-round pick, but received compensatory picks after the second and third rounds for not taking their two territorial selections earlier this week. 

With their first pick, the Caps took Islanders forward Johnathon Larter of Stratford.

Larter averaged a point a game – 31 points, including 10 goals – in 31 regular-season games.

With the fifth pick in the third round, the Capitals took Islanders forward Hunter MacIntyre of Kilmuir. In 33 games last season, MacIntyre had 20 points, including seven goals, and 14 penalty minutes.

The Caps took Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild forward Kyle Pinksen with their second compensatory selection. 

Pinksen, who is from Kensington, finished his first year in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League with 20 points, including 13 goals, and 12 penalty minutes.

In the fourth round, the Capitals took defenceman Matthew Morgan of the Cape Breton West Islanders. 

Morgan, who was named a second-team all-star in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League, picked up 10 points, including four goals, and 16 penalty minutes in 34 regular-season games.

The Caps called the name of Moncton Flyers forward Kari Belec in the fifth round. Belec finished the 2013-14 New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League regular season with 26 points in 35 regular-season games. He had 11 goals, 15 assists and 26 penalty minutes.

The Caps did not have any picks in the sixth round, and took defenceman Jackson Atkinson in Round 7. Atkinson previously played minor hockey in Pownal.

In the eighth round, the Caps took Wild forward Spencer Sherren with a pick obtained in a deal with Campbellton. In 35 regular-season games, Sherren had three goals, six assists, nine points and four penalty minutes.

The Capitals drafted forward Sam Cameron from the Fredericton Canadiens of the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League in the ninth round.

Cameron registered 24 points, including 11 goals, and six penalty minutes in 34 regular-season games.

The Capitals also selected forward Chasse Gallant of Summerside in the ninth round. Gallant led the Summerside Hemphill GM Capitals of the P.E.I. Midget AAA Hockey League in scoring last season. He finished with 55 points, including 32 goals, and 32 penalty minutes in 29 regular-season contests. 

With their final two picks in the 10th round, the Caps took defencemenRyan Lawless of the Charlottetown midget AAA team and defenceman Jake Brien of Ridley College.

Overall, McIver was pleased with how the draft unfolded for the Caps.

“We were able to draft a lot of Island kids that we really wanted to get and stock our cupboards," said McIver. "We got a lot of D and a lot of size.

“We have some good young guys who are going to compete for jobs this year."

Islanders drafted

Round 1

5. Summerisde – Sebastien Cormier, D, Stratford, Charlottetown Islanders.

Round 2

11. Miramichi – Evan Millman, D, Alberton, Kensington Wild.

Round 3

5. Summerside – Hunter McIntyre, F, Kilmuir, Charlottetown Islanders.

Round 5

3. Valley – Nathan Sanderson, D, St. Peters Bay, Standstead.

12. Truro – Ryan Steele, F, Stratford, Holderness Prep.

Round 6

9. Amherst – Cole Hackett, F, Tignish, Kensington Wild.

Round 7

5. Summerside – Jackson Atkinson, D, Stratford, Pownal midget AAA.

10. Valley – Cameron Visser, G, Crapaud, Kensington Wild.

Round 8

3. Summerside – Spencer Sherren, F, South Winslow, Kensington Wild.

6. Woodstock – Cody McPhee, F, Charlottetown, Charlottetown Islanders.

11. Miramichi – Abel Arsenault, F, Wellington, Kensington Wild.

12. Truro – Shawn Corney, F, Stratford, Charlottetown Islanders.

Round 9

2. Pictou County – Michael Evoy, F, Sherwood, Kensington Wild.

10. Summerside – Chase Gallant, F, Summerside, Summerside midget AAA.

12. Truro – Morgan MacDonald, F, Souris, Appleby Prep.

Round 10

5. Summerside – Ryan Lawless, F, Charlottetown

Compensation picks

Summerside – Johnathon Larter, F, Stratford, Charlottetown Islanders.

Summerside – Kyle Pinksen, F, Kensington, Kensington Wild.

Organizations: Capitals, Ridley College, P.E.I. Major Midget Hockey League Union Place Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League P.E.I. Midget AAA Hockey League

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Charlottetown, Stratford Summerside Western Maritime Kensington Pownal Iceland

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