Monday, May 25, 2015

HockeyProspect.com Releases Final Rankings

HockeyProspect.com has released their final rankings for the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft.

Toping the list is forward Maxime Comtois of the Chateauguay Grenadiers. Comtois, listed at 6’0” and 176 lbs., had 23 goals and 33 assists in 41 regular season games in the Quebec Midget AAA circuit.

Comtois was also ranked first by QMJHL Central Scouting.

HockeyProspect.com has forward Antoine Morand and forward Shane Bowers ranked second and third, respectively. Bowers is the top ranked Atlantic Canadian.

The top 10 of HockeyProspect.com’s rankings can be seen for free. Their excellent draft guide is also available for purchase.

From a Sea Dogs perspective, it’s good to see three forwards toping the rankings. The Dogs certainly need some offensive support and they’ll be able to take their pick with the first overall choice.

Of note, and not surprisingly, Bowers told Mooseheads play-by-play man John Moore that he has not fully committed to the QMJHL yet.


Along with the first overall pick, the Sea Dogs own the ninth and 10th overall picks. The 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft is on June 6 in Sherbrooke.

Danny Flynn's Son Joins Titan Staff

Saint John Sea Dogs games against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan will have an interesting element to them this coming season.

The Titan announced today that Brad Flynn, son of Sea Dogs head coach Danny Flynn, has joined the team as an assistant coach.


First, Brad Flynn will join the team as an assistant coach. Last season, Flynn occupied the same role with the Corpus Christi IceRays in the North American Hockey League (NAHL), after having filled the roles of assistant coach and assistant general manager with the Swan Valley Stampeders in Manitoba for the two prior seasons.  
It is quite an impressive road for the young man, whom during his playing career, most notably played for the University of Southern Maine in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as well as Brock University at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport level.

The 2015-16 QMJHL schedule has not yet been released. The Sea Dogs and Titan will likely play each other a ridiculous amount of times, as per usual. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Flynn Named Sea Dogs Head Coach

As expected, Danny Flynn has been named head coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The team officially made the announcement this afternoon. Flynn signed a three-year deal with the team, making him head coach through the 2017-18 season. No other contract details were released.

"I wish to thank to the Sea Dogs for this opportunity," said Flynn in a press release. "I'm looking forward to the challenge and excited about the chance to work with this group of players. Saint John is a great hockey town with a first-class facility and knowledgeable fans. I'm anxious to get started and be well-prepared for the start of the season."

Flynn has a ton of coaching experience, most notably as head coach of the Moncton Wildcats from 2007-2013. He won the President Cup in 2010, defeating the Sea Dogs in the final.

This past season, Flynn was an assistant coach with Ted Nolan’s Buffalo Sabres.

"Danny's record speaks for itself," said Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young. "He has a wide range of experience at different levels of the game, he understands what it takes to help our student-athletes excel, and he's a winner."

The hiring ensures the Sea Dogs have a head coach in place for the QMJHL Entry Draft, which takes place June 6 in Sherbrooke. Saint John will select first overall.

No assistant coaches have been named yet.

Despres Scores Winner In Ducks Win

Simon Despres picked a fine time to score his first career NHL playoff goal.

Despres' goal at 19:05 of the second period proved to be the game winner in the Anaheim Ducks’ victory over the Chicago Blackhawks last night. The Ducks now lead the best-of-seven Western Conference final 2-1.


"I'm not a goal-scorer," Despres told NHL.com. "I just tried to hit the net and get it off as quick as possible."

Despres finished the game with one goal, two shots and two hits in a team high 23:26 of ice time.

The former Sea Dog – the only one left in the hunt for the Stanley Cup – now has one goal and six assists in 12 playoff games this year. He has been solid so far.

This is the third trip to the post-season for Despres who was held pointless in his previous two trips with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Game four of the series is tomorrow night at 9 p.m. in Chicago.

Photo: NHL.com

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rimouski Wins President Cup

Michael Joly’s goal at 2:13 of the second overtime period won the Rimouski Oceanic the President Cup last night.


The Oceanic won the 2015 QMJHL championship in seven games, erasing 2-0 and 3-2 series deficits. The final three games of the series were all decided in overtime with Monday’s championship game being the most dramatic.

The most intriguing part of the series was the success the road team had. The road team had won every game of the series until Rimouski’s victory last night.

This is the third President Cup title in Oceanic history and the first since the Sidney Crosby led 2004-05 team.

With Quebec hosting this year’s Memorial Cup, both the Remparts and Oceanic will appear in the tournament. Quebec opens up the tournament on Friday against the WHL champion Kelowna Rockets. Rimouski plays OHL champion Oshawa on Saturday.

The Remparts won the 2006 Memorial Cup after losing the league championship to the Moncton Wildcats. Can Quebec do it again?

Quebec’s roster includes former Sea Dogs forward Marcus Cuomo who finished the playoffs with two goals and an assist in seven games. He played in three President Cup final games.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Coyle Wins Bronze At Worlds

Charlie Coyle’s second period goal helped Team USA win a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship today.

Coyle’s goal came near the midway point of the game, a game that saw the US defeat the host Czechs 3-0. The US had to settle for today’s bronze medal game after losing to Russia in the semifinals.

The former Sea Dogs forward had a very good tournament, registering three goals and two assists in five games. Coyle joined the team after the Minnesota Wild were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Sea Dogs draft pick Jack Eichel was also part of the US squad, recording two goals and five assists in 10 games.

Tomas Jurco also participated in the tournament, playing with Slovakia. He had one assist in five games.

In today’s gold medal match, Canada defeated Russia 6-1.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation