Delisle, whose rights were traded to Saint John Friday from the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in exchange for a 12th round pick in the 2012 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft, was assigned by the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Central Hockey League’s Fort Wayne Komets on Friday. He had been with the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons but had not played in a game.
News-Sentinel.com’s Komets blog, Tailing the Komets, posted this yesterday:
He’s a 6-6, 209 pound rookie defenseman who has not played yet this season. Komets GM David Franke said Delisle will be in town Sunday and at practice on Monday. He’ll be in the lineup Friday night.So it looks like Delisle will get a shot at proffensional hockey in Fort Wayne.
The 20-year old Jackets prospect was considered a long shot to return to junior this season, especially after signing a three-year entry level deal with the Jackets over the summer.
It’s still a good gamble by the Sea Dogs as 12th round picks rarely amount to anything, and, given the timing of the trade, Saint John must. know something others do not. Let us not forget about Gerard Gallant's connections to Columbus as he was the head coach of the team from January 1, 2004 to November 13, 2006.