Clark Bishop was the only Newfoundlander selected in the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft, but he wasn’t the only player from the province who attended the two-day draft, held over the weekend in Philadelphia.
Cody Donaghey of St. John’s, a defenceman with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Quebec Remparts, travelled to Philadelphia, but was not among the 210 selected during the Friday-Saturday event at the Wells Fargo Center.
The 18-year-old Donaghey was ranked 150th overall among North American forwards and defenceman by NHL Central Scouting, but a number of pre-draft prognostications had him pegged as high as a fifth-round pick.
Donaghey, who led all Remparts rearguards in scoring last season with 38 points (nine goals, 29 assists), told Jean-François Tardif of Le Soleil, a Quebec City paper, that he was disappointed at going unselected.
“But I’ll get over it,” Donaghey told Tardif. “I was really expecting to be chosen ... but that's the draft. Anything can happen.”
The six-foot-one, 185-pound Donaghey was the first-round pick (14th overall) of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the 2012 QMJHL midget draft, but was traded to the Remparts midway through his rookie season. He’s expected to be a key player on Quebec team that will host the 2015 Memorial Cup tournament.
As for his NHL aspirations, Donaghey has at least two more years of junior eligibility to shape big-league opinion, although things may already be happening in that area; there was a report over the weekend from Charles Lalande of parlonsjunior.com that had Donaghey talking to a number of NHL teams — including the Toronto Maple Leafs — interested in bringing him to their prospect/development camps this summer.