South Shore friends both selected by Ducks in NHL Entry Draft
The wait was long, but for Maxime Comtois and Antoine Morand, it's doubly worth it.
The two long-time friends played their minor hockey together in Châteauguay, and were reunited at the NHL Entry Draft Saturday after both were selected by the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks used their two second round picks the pair.
Comtois, from the Victoriaville Tigres of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, was selected 50th overall, while Morand of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan went just ten picks later. Morand called it "a dream come true" and also said it was unbelievable that both had been drafted by the same team just picks apart. Comtois echoed his best friend's sentiments, saying it would be awesome for the two to be able to play together again, this time in the NHL.
Other Quebec-based players selected in this year's draft include Zachary Lauzon, a six-foot, 187-pound defender with the Val-d'Or Foreurs. He was picked right after Comtois by the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Indiana-native Drake Batherson with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the fourth round (121st overall).
In the fifth round (130th overall), the St. Louis Blues selected David Noël, a defenseman who split time between the Chicoutimi Sagueneens and Val d'Or Foreurs. Six picks later, the Winnipeg Jets took German defender Leon Gawanke, also of Cape Breton.