QMJHL: Furlong Signs with Halifax

The Halifax Mooseheads signed 2004-born defenseman Jake Furlong on Monday. A native of Novia Scotia, Furlong played in the U.S. this past season and starred for the new Mount St. Charles Academy U15 team.

In 56 games, the 5-foot-9 blueliner had seven goals and 37 assists. Prior to joining Mount St. Charles, Furlong played for the Halifax Gulls in the NSMBHL and represented Team Novia Scotia.

“We like that he made good decisions on when to step up and when to fall back,” said NZ scouts. “He also is not afraid to play physical: laying out an opponent in open ice and quickly sliding back into position. Moves very well because his stride is clean and efficient.”

In other signings out of the Q, Drummondville signed Novia Scotia native Luke Woodworth to a deal. The 2004-born winger had 67 points in 34 games for the South Shore Mustangs in the NSMMHL last season.

“He used great puck handling to deke through defenders and create time and space for his linemates,” NZ scouts said. “Plays the point or along the side wall on the powerplay and was very dangerous from both spots. He has an accurate shot that he gets off quickly. Is smart on the defensive side of the puck and had great positioning. Had 5 points in 4 games and was his teams most lethal offensive weapon. He is a high-end prospect and only time will tell how his size will affect where he is drafted, but the offensive ability is clearly visible.”