After a long wait, the Flames have selected Jakob Pelletier from the Monton Wildcats from the QMJHL with their first round pick.
#Flames select Moncton Wildcats winger Jakob Pelletier 26th overall.
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) June 22, 2019
Pelletier is a 5’9, 161 pound left winger who shoots left. In his most recent season, he picked up 39 goals and 50 assists in 65 games played. Scouting services ranked him all over the place, as high as #20 from Future Considerations, and as low as #43 from McKeen’s. We profiled him here.
While undersized, Pelletier impressed scouts with his speed skating and hard-nosed offensive play. He’s well regarded for his hockey IQ, being able to function as both a playmaker and a goalscorer. He’s also been praised for his willingness to play bigger than his size, going into the tough areas of the offensive zone to make plays.
The Flames, barring any surprises, are done for the day. They will pick 88th, 116th, 150th, and 214th tomorrow. The second day of the draft begins at 11 AM.