Teammates from Dartmouth major midget team could go top-five in QMJHL draft
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With this year’s Quebec Major Junior League draft just days away, one Dartmouth-based hockey program is over the moon at the prospect of two of their stars being picked among the top five this Saturday in Sherbrooke, Que.
Luke Green and Evan Fitzpatrick — who played together on the Newbridge Academy Gladiators major midget team — are ranked fourth and fifth for the draft, according to the QMJHL’s central scouting list.
“The thing that jumps off the page with Luke is his skating — he’s phenomenal,” said Keifer House, hockey director at Newbridge Academy in Sackville, where both players attend, along with playing for the major midget Gladiators.
House described the 16-year-old defenceman’s edge control, transitioning and speed as "pro-like now."
“I’m definitely looking forward to it,” said Green, about this weekend’s draft. “It’s great that it’s finally here.”
Despite his No. 5 ranking, there is talk of Green going first overall, which would place him alongside Sidney Crosby, James Sheppard, Alex Grant and Nathan MacKinnon as No. 1 QMJHL draft picks from Nova Scotia.
“That’s definitely amazing to hear your name with those guys,” said Green, who lives in Hammonds Plains. “If I do go first that would be a pretty amazing group I’m joining … hopefully that comes through.”
First pick overall this year goes to the Saint John Sea Dogs.
Green’s goaltending teammate Fitzpatrick — originally from St. John’s, N.L. — is the draft’s top-ranked goalie, as well as the fourth overall prospect.
The 16-year-old described his pending move to the QMJHL as a dream come true, adding he was “rather excited” to see his ranking for the first time.
“Evan has basically all the tools that scouts and general managers and coaches are looking for in a goaltender,” said House about the six-foot-two, 194-pound netminder’s size, technique and competitive drive.
“The ability and the talent is one thing,” House added. “But to have the work ethic and that competitive nature about you to always want to be your best — it’s fundamental to his success."
Keeping up with the Greens: Teammate twins predicted to go in QMJHL draft
As far as hockey families go, the Greens have extra reason to be proud this weekend.
Their twin sons are both predicted to make the move into Quebec Major Junior Hockey at the league’s 2014 draft this Saturday in Sherbrooke, Que.
Green is forecast to go in the top five, while his twin brother Matt — who plays forward for the Gladiators — is ranked No. 52 overall and predicted to be chosen in the draft’s third round.
Having played together ever since they first laced up, Luke says the brothers hope to stay teammates.
“We love playing with each other,” said Luke on Wednesday. “We’re really close.”
But despite having Sedin twin-like aspirations, the pair’s fate is anything but certain.
“It’s a draft and obviously you can’t control it,” said Luke. “(But) if we do end up together that’d be the best.”