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 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.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The CHL Import Draft Is Tomorrow

The drafts aren’t over just yet.

The 2015 CHL Import Draft takes place tomorrow beginning at noon Atlantic time. The QMJHL leads the rotation this year, meaning the Acadie-Bathurst Titan will select first overall.

Last year, the Sea Dogs iced defenseman Jakub Zboril and forward Juraj Siska as the team’s imports. General manager Darrell Young told The Pipeline Show earlier this month that Siska will not be returning for the 2015-16 season, opening up an import spot.

“We felt that, he being a 19-year-old, he wasn’t going to have enough impact to improve our club next year and take up ice time from a younger hockey player,” said Young.

Unless Zboril cracks the Boston Bruins roster this fall – which isn’t overly likely – he will be back, giving Saint John one open import slot. Each CHL team has two picks in the two-round draft. Saint John’s picks are at 25 and 85 overall.

“We’ve been working on a player since last November,” said Young about their first pick. “He’s committed to coming to us as long as he slides to 25 and no one else picks him in front of us.”

“We have a couple players pegged for our second pick that we’re hoping are going to be there.”

Saint John selected Zboril fifth overall in last year’s Import Draft and ended up being a first round NHL draft pick last weekend. Young said he’s hoping to draft a player like Zboril who can add an immediate impact.

The Sea Dogs also picked forward Nikita Li in last year’s draft, but ultimately chose to keep Siska for the season. Li was later picked up by the Victoriaville Tigres.

Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

Sunday, June 28, 2015

NHL Folks Discover "Dove-McFalls"

Samuel Dove-McFalls: good player, good name. Here’s how the Internet reacted to the Philadelphia Flyers drafting the Sea Dogs forward in the fourth round of the NHL Draft on Saturday.

I’m sure Dove-McFalls has heard none of these before. None.