Call it just another day in the hockey career of Jonathan Huberdeau.
The Saint John Sea Dogs standout added third overall pick to his resume, one that boasts a QMJHL Playoffs MVP, Memorial Cup MVP and Memorial Cup Championship. Not a bad 10 months for the St. Jerome, PQ native.
“I can’t ask for anything more this season,” said the newest member of the Florida Panthers. ” I did everything on the ice I had to do for the Memorial Cup, so that was great, and I’m happy that Florida took me.”
The pick wasn’t at all a big surprise to Huberdeau, who expected to go among the first picks of the draft.
“Maybe I knew a little bit,” Huberdeau said. ” I was thinking I was third, so maybe I thought there is some chance that I’ll be picked there, but like you’re surprised to get picked there. You don’t know what the team wants, but I’m very happy to be a Panther.”
Huberdeau may be going from a canine to a cat, but that hasn’t stopped him from thinking about his teammates eligible in the draft, including Zack Phillips, Tomas Jurco and Nathan Beaulieu, among others.
“Great team my two years,” Huberdeau said of Saint John. “This year was better because we won everything, and last year we lost. But I mean all the team, we have a couple of guys that are going to get drafted right now. So it’s very good to have a lot of players on the draft list. Some guys are not there, so I think about them, and I wish them the best luck to get drafted. It was nice to have a team like that where we’re all close to each other, so it’s nice.”
The team could be back next season. A large contingent of their Memorial Cup winning club is expected back next season.
Which means another Memorial Cup would be just another year for Huberdeau.
Aaron Vickers is the managing editor of Future Considerations and can be found on Twitter. For all the latest Future Considerations news and posts, follow FC’s Official Twitter Feed, on YouTube and on Facebook!