Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sea Dogs Sign Ontario Free Agent

The Sea Dogs announced yesterday the signing of yet another large human being.

The team announced that they had signed 18-year-old free agent forward Dawson Theede. The Whitby, Ontario native is listed at 6’3” and 209 lbs. He is expected to join the team in August for the opening of training camp.

In 41 games with the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Cobourg Cougars, Theede recorded 17 goals and 10 assists to go along with 70 penalty minutes. He was named an OJHL Second-Team All-Prospect last season as well.

Theede also played four games with Team Canada East at the World Junior ‘A’ Hockey Challenge last year, recording no points.

In 2013-14, Theede registered 23 points in 28 games with the Whitby Wildcats midget AAA team.

Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young showed last year that he is a big fan of dipping into the Ontario free agent market. Theede is also a big body, which is something Young has certainly been putting a focus on when acquiring players.

Photo: Sea Dogs website

Monday, July 6, 2015

Alumni Week Details Released

The Sea Dogs unveiled details for the 2015 Wallace McCain Memorial Alumni Reunion today.

From the team’s release:

The reunion is scheduled for Saturday, August 8th through Sunday, August 16th. It features two main events sandwiched around the start of Sea Dogs' training camp for the 2015-16 QMJHL season.  
The Sea Dogs will hold an alumni game on Saturday, August 8th, at 2 p.m. at Harbour Station, featuring dozens of players from the franchise's first ten years. Sea Dogs alumni will make up both teams. A silent auction will be held throughout the game.  
Tickets for the alumni game are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-14, taxes and fees included. Children 3-and-under are free. Tickets are general admission and will be available at the Harbour Station Box Office on Monday, July 13th.  
A postgame autograph session with alumni will take place at Harbour Station, followed by a reception and live auction at Rocky's Sports Bar beginning at 8 p.m.

The reunion is in support of the Children's Wish Foundation and the Saint John Regional Hospital Auxiliary's Brighten Group.

The team previously held an alumni game in August of 2013 and featured a team made up of former Sea Dogs taking on a UNB Varsity Reds alumni squad. The game was quite popular amongst fans and it was great to see many of the team’s former stars return to Harbour Station. Hopefully many of the fan favourites will be able to make it back again this year.

The rosters for this year's game will be announced at a later date.

The reunion wraps up with the inaugural Sea Dogs Open Water Swim on Sunday, August 16th, at 9 a.m. at the Renforth Wharf Beach in Rothesay. More details on that can be found here.

The team also announced today that training camp will begin on Sunday, August 9th with the arrival of players.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Grant Signs With Coyotes

Former Sea Dogs captain Alex Grant has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes.

The 26-year-old Grant registered 6-27-33 and 57 penalty minutes (PIM) in 58 games with the Binghamton Senators (AHL) last season. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound native of Antigonish, NS has totaled 2-0-2 and a plus-three rating in two career NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks.  
Grant was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round (118th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

The Coyotes’ American Hockey League affiliate is the Springfield Falcons.

Grant, the first overall pick in the 2005 QMJHL Entry Draft, played three-and-a-half seasons with the Sea Dogs before being traded to the Shawinigan Cataractes during the 2008-09 trading period.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Galiev Re-Signed By Caps

The Washington Capitals announced yesterday that they have re-signed former Sea Dogs forward Stanislav Galiev.

According to the team’s website, the two-year, $1.15 million contract is two way during the 2015-16 season and one way during the 2016-17 season.

The 23-year-old Russian made his NHL debut with the Caps this past season, recording a goal in two games. He also had a breakout season with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, posting 25 goals and 20 assists in 67 games.

A third-round pick of the Capitals in the 2010 NHL Draft, Galiev posted 65 goals and 144 points in 151 regular season games with the Sea Dogs over three seasons. He added 34 goals and 80 points in 57 playoff games.

Meanwhile, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that they have signed former Sea Dogs enforcer Brett Gallant to a two-year, two way deal.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Green Projected As 2016 First Rounder

Luke Green is projected to be a late first round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, according to a couple of very early draft rankings.

Both Future Considerations and HockeyProspect.com have released their top 30 for next year’s draft. Green, the first overall pick in the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft, was ranked 26th by both websites.

In his rookie season with the Sea Dogs, the defenseman lived up to the hype and posted six goals and 30 assists in 60 games.

It’ll be interesting to see if Green can inch up the rankings as the season goes on, much like Thomas Chabot did this year. Saint John’s defense core has plenty of talent with Green, Chabot, Jakub Zboril, Bailey Webster, Oliver Felixson and others.

American forward Auston Matthews was, not surprisingly, ranked first for the 2016 draft by both websites. Also, as you can see in the rankings, it doesn’t look like it will be a strong year for the QMJHL.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

More D-Men On The Way

The Saint John Sea Dogs added some more bodies to their backend during today’s CHL Import Draft.

With the 25th overall pick – which was actually 24th with Cape Breton passing – the Sea Dogs selected 6’5”, 213 lbs defenseman Oliver Felixson.

Felixson, from Finland, recorded 10 goals and 27 assists in 44 games with the HIFK under-18 team last season. He also had an assist in three games with the under-20 squad.

At the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Felixson had two assists in six games.

The 17-year-old is eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft.