The Halifax Mooseheads 2015-16 season has ended without an appearance in the playoffs.
However, this was considered a rebuilding year, as the Herd sent notable fan favourites like former-captain Timo Meier, Danny Moynihan, Cody Donaghey and Cavan Fitzgerald to contending clubs.
Mooseheads play-by-play voice John Moore told NEWS 95.7 with the trades, it was expected the team would take a hit in the standings during the season’s second half.
However, the moves set the team up for what will be one of this spring’s top draft choices.
“They will have either the first or the second overall pick, and that will be determined by a coin toss,” he explained.
Moore thinks general manager Cam Russell already has his eye on two prospects.
“One is out of Gatineau, and his name is Benoît-Olivier Groulx, he’s a power forward and he’s expected to step right into the lineup and start to contribute,” he said.
“The other is right here in our own backyard, plays for the Cole Harbour Wolfpack, his name is Jared McIsaac.”
Moore described McIasaac as quite possibly the best defenceman to come out of Nova Scotia in 10 to 20 years.
In the draft, he said Halifax will also be addressing holes on the depth-chart, including a goaltender that will likely be backing Kevin Resop, with Eric Brassard on the way out.
Moore hopes fans stay patient with the club as he doesn’t expect the new additions to launch the Mooseheads to a top contender position, but he expects the team to be talented and exciting to watch, and he suspects there could be a playoff run in 2017.
The QMJHL draft is June 4th in Charlottetown.