Amherst hockey prospect at QMJHL draft
Lucas Sangster of Brookdale is expected to go somewhere in the first three rounds of the QMJHL draft in Chicoutimi, Que. on Saturday.
AMHERST – Lucas Sangster is expected to become the third Cumberland County hockey prospect in three years to hear his name called when the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League holds its draft in Chicoutimi, Que.
Projected to go high in the third round, there has been some speculation that the Brookdale resident could go as high as the second round.
“I’m really excited. It’s going to be a good indication of what people think of me as a hockey player,” said Sangster, who was on the road to the draft on Friday. “I’m looking forward to the opportunities I will get if I get drafted.”
Sangster, who is 6’2” and 196 pounds, said he has no indication of which team he will be picked by, but said he has been contacted by a couple of the Maritime-based teams and several in Quebec.
Last year, Amherst’s Josh Pugsley was taken by the Moncton Wildcats, with the 45th pick overall in the third round while Springhill’s Bronson Beaton was taken by Shawinigan two years ago in the second round (23rd overall) and later traded during the season to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
Sangster is a person favourite of QMJHL director of hockey operations Pierre Leduc, who commented on his size and the fact his’s a stay-at-home defenceman.
“It’s a great compliment. Whatever number I go I’ll be very happy with, but consider what he said about me hopefully other teams will think that way as well and I’ll go higher,” he said.
Born in the United States, while his parents worked in Texas, Sangster had a good rookie season last year with the Weeks Major Midgets, picking up 15 points in 32 games.
He’s not sure where he will be playing next season, but said it would also be nice to play with the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers. The Ramblers will make Sangster a territorial pick during next week’s MHL draft in New Glasgow.
“It would be an honour to play with the Ramblers. It’s a great place to play and Jimbo has done a great job turning the team into a winner,” said Sangster, who practiced with the Ramblers during the playoffs. “I learned a lot of things there and they treated me really great. I was treated like one of their own. It really boosted my confidence and showed I could play at that level.”
Sangster said playing major midget has helped him prepare for what comes next.
“It showed me the level of compete that I had to be prepared to do night in and night out,” he said. “The skill level was a big jump from bantam but it really prepared me to play against bigger and stronger guys.”