Josh Pugsley receiving his Rookie of the Year and Top Scorer awards at the NSMMHL banquet.
AMHERST – Amherst’s Josh Puglsey is projected to go in the fifth round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League entry draft Saturday in Quebec City - but projections are only general guidelines.
“It’s a mystery right now,” said Pugsley. “I could go in the third round, I could go in the eighth round. We’re not going to know until we get there.
“I’d rather go earlier than later,” he added. “That would be nice.”
Pugsley is traveling to the draft with his mom and dad and said he’s, “trying to play it cool.”
“I’m pretty excited but I don’t want to get too excited,” said the 15-year old forward.
11 teams have contacted Pugsley before the draft and he’s meeting another team the night before the draft.
“We’re sort of thinking (the) Rouyn-Noranda (Huskies) is going to draft me but we’re not sure,” said Pugsley.
Pugsley finished the 2011-2012 Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League season as the leagues Top Scorer and Rookie of the Year playing with the Pictou County Major Midgets.
In early May he traveled to Boisbriand, Quebec for the 2012 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League combines where he impressed QMJHL scouts with his speed, skating and stickhandling.
Pugsley hit the ice in Boisbriand at five-foot-nine, and 143 pounds, making him one of the smallest players at the combine.
After returning from the combine Pugsley said.
“Being a smaller guy, my strength was the biggest thing I noticed that I need to work on,” he said. “I was going up against guys who were over six-feet.”
Pugsley will return home Sunday night.