Thursday, December 18, 2014

Siska Invited To Slovakian Camp

Sea Dogs forward Juraj Siska has been invited to participate in Slovakia’s world junior training camp.

According to the Sea Dogs, he is leaving today to join the camp in Peterborough, Ont. He was one of 14 forwards to receive an invite.

Slovakia is scheduled to play their first pre-tournament game on Sunday against Switzerland in Peterborough. They will also play the Czech Republic next Tuesday.

The team will open up tournament play on Boxing Day against Team Canada at the Bell Centre. The Hockey News predicts the Slovaks to finish eighth at this year’s world juniors.

Siska, selected ninth overall by Saint John in the 2013 CHL Import Draft, has three goals and six assists in 31 games with the Sea Dogs this season. He has been struggling of late, posting just one point – an assist – since the end of October. Hopefully this experience will help rejuvenate the forward.

As the Sea Dogs news release notes, Siska has played for the “Slovakian Under-17 and Under-18 programs and its Under-20 team between 2011 and 2013.”

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

GAME DAY 34: vs Titan

A preview of tonight’s game between the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and Saint John Sea Dogs…

When and where: Tonight at 7 p.m., Harbour Station

TV/Radio/Webcast: None/96.1 NewSong FM/QMJHL Live

Records: The Sea Dogs are first in the Maritimes Division, second overall in the QMJHL and ranked eighth in the CHL Top 10 this week with a record of 20-8-1-4 for 45 points. The Titan are last in the Maritimes and last overall with a record of 9-22-4-1 for 23 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 4-2 loss in Val-d’Or last Saturday. Thomas Chabot and Justice Dundas scored in the loss while Sebastien Auger made 30 saves. The Titan are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss in Halifax last night. Aaron Kerr and Mark Trickett scored for Bathurst while Jacob Brennan made 26 stops in the loss.

2014-15 head-to-head: The Sea Dogs are 2-0-0-1 against the Titan this season while Bathurst is 1-2-0-0 against Saint John.

Last meeting: Nov. 30 at Harbour Station when the Titan defeated the Sea Dogs 4-3 in a shootout. Egor Popov, Alexandre Gosselin and Andrew Ryan scored for Bathurst while Spencer Smallman scored twice for Saint John and Jakub Zboril added a single. Jacob Brennan made 20 saves in the win and Sebastien Auger made 25 in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Titan: None

Random stat: The Titan have scored a league low 97 goals this season.

Sea Dogs Slip To 8th In Top 10

The Sea Dogs are ranked eighth in the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings this week.

Saint John had a tough week, playing three road games in four days in Quebec. They defeated the Victoriaville Tigres 3-1 on Wednesday but then fell 5-1 to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and 4-2 to the Val-d’Or Foreurs.

The Sea Dogs, 20-8-1-4, were ranked seventh last week.

The Rimouski Oceanic, ranked third, and Moncton Wildcats, ranked ninth, were the only other QMJHL teams ranked this week.

The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Here are this week's rankings:
Saint John plays their final game of the first half tonight at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Podcast Stirs Up Eichel Rumours

Sportsnet’s new CHL podcast “Junior” got the internet all fired up today with this tweet.
The podcast can be heard online here and also downloaded on iTunes.

On the show, hosts Jeff Marek and Sam Cosentino discussed rumours that Jack Eichel will leave Boston University and join the Sea Dogs following the world juniors. These rumours have, apparently, been heating up over the past few weeks after a couple months of relative silence.

“I’ve heard that from a couple of different, pretty good sources,” Cosentino said about the rumours.

“This isn’t just one person. I’ve heard it from three different people now – all [of whom] I would consider to be good sources.”

Cosentino and Marek then said that playing a pro-like schedule for the second half of the season would be beneficial, especially where it is unlikely Eichel will be playing anywhere but the NHL next season.

They also praised the surprising the Sea Dogs.

“For me, they might be the best team in the league,” Cosentino said about the Sea Dogs if infused with Eichel’s presence.

But, there is also this tweet from the very reliable Mike McMahon of College Hockey News.
And from the Chronicle Herald’s Willy Palov.
Eichel is tied for the NCAA Division I scoring lead with eight goals and 19 assists in 16 games with Boston University. He’s currently with Team USA preparing for the World Junior Hockey Championship. Also, he’s ranked second by every major scouting publication for the 2015 NHL Draft. 

The December Eichel Rumours Begin

Well okay then.

More to come, presumably.

Two Dogs Headed To Top Prospects Game

Two Saint John Sea Dogs defenceman will be participating in the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game next month.

Rookie Jakub Zboril will play for Team Cherry while sophomore Thomas Chabot will join Team Orr. The annual game showcasing the CHL’s top 40 draft eligible players will take place on Jan. 22 in St. Catharines, Ont. The game will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

15 QMJHL players were named to the event’s rosters today. 13 came from the OHL while 12 came from the WHL.

Other QMJHLers on the team include Callum Booth, Samuel Montembeault, Anthony Beauvillier, Filip Chlapik, Daniel Sprong, Evgeny Svechnikov, Yakov Trenin, Dennis Yan, Guillaume Brisebois, Nicolas Meloche, Jeremy Roy, Timo Meier and Nicolas Roy.

Chabot and Zboril are certainly worthy of the recognition. Chabot is 13th in QMJHL defensemen scoring with seven goals and 15 assists in 31 games while Zboril is 14th with seven goals and 14 helpers in 30 contests.