Pecararo, a 2014 University of Maine recruit, was selected second overall by the Waterloo Black Hawks in Tuesday night’s draft for players with a 1996 birth year.
“I went to Sioux City (Musketeers) last year and they were kind of set where they were going to take me,” Pecararo said in a phone interview. “The Chicago (Steel) was trying to trade for that second overall pick, but Waterloo kept it and picked me.”
Pecararo finished this season with 11 goals, 40 assists in 38 games in the Tier I Elite League with the Boston Advantages Under-18 team. Pecararo first spoke to the Waterloo brass right after they drafted him.
“I never really talked with Waterloo,” said Pecararo. “Sioux City had the fourth pick and I hadn’t really talked to any other team before (the draft).”
The 16-year-old, 5-9, 141 pound forward isn’t in a hurry to move to the Midwest to play in the nation’s premier junior hockey league, citing schooling reasons for his reason to stay with his current team.
“I could go next season, but I think I have decided with my family to stay and play for the (Boston) Advantage,” he said. “Next year is a big school year with the SAT’s. Judging by my grades and how I am doing in school there would be an opportunity to go (to Waterloo) during Christmas or earlier in the season.”
He said he would definitely play for Waterloo in the 2013- ‘14 season.
In March, he tried out for the USA National Team Development Program’s Under-17 team and although he didn’t make the team he said it was a good experience.
“It was a great experience because I don’t get to play with those kids during the year,” Pecararo said. “They all played on U-16 teams and I played U-18′s. It was good to talk to all the other kids and play against them.”
Also on Tuesday, Pecararo was one of many Americans listed on the QMJHL’s Central Scouting list for the upcoming Midget Draft in June. He has no plans bolting north of the border. Playing for the QMJHL would make him ineligible to play collegiate hockey.
“I feel the college route is the better route,” Pecararo stated. “You are coming out older, stronger and much more mature. Most kids take a year (of juniors), but we have decided right now I would be a true freshman (entering school).”
Also named to the QMJHL’s draft list was Pecararo’s Boston Advantage teammate, 17-year-old Ryan Cloonan.
Cloonan will be eligible for the USHL Entry Draft, which will be held on May 22.