Whynot, a 16-year-old from Kentville, N.S., was Sherbrooke’s ninth-overall selection at June’s QMJHL draft.
According to Jerome Gaudreau of La Tribune, Whynot was looking to physically attend high school for his Grade 11 and 12 years. If he played in Sherbrooke, he would have had to do his English courses through correspondence.
Halifax general manager Cam Russell says Whynot will help the Mooseheads for years to come.
“He is a very highly ranked prospect and we feel he is a great building block for the future here in Halifax,” Russell said in a statement.
Whynot had 13 goals and 27 assists last season in 35 games for the Valley Wildcats of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. The six-foot-one, 180-pound left-hand shot was the highest-scoring defenceman and tied for seventh in league scoring while earning NSMMHL defenceman of the year honours for his performance.
He recently had one goal and one assist in three games with Team Blue at Hockey Canada’s world under-17 development camp.
Parent, 18, is entering his third QMJHL season and had a career-high 15 goals and 19 assists in 67 games last year.
He scored once in four games as the Mooseheads reached the Memorial Cup final before falling to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
Halifax could potentially be without star defenceman Jared McIsaac until December as he recovers from shoulder surgery, which will give Whynot plenty of opportunities to showcase his talent.