Thursday, November 27, 2014

Zboril Invited To Czech WJC Camp

The Sea Dogs announced this afternoon that defenseman Jakub Zboril has been invited to the Czech Republic’s world junior training camp.

Zboril, 17 and in his first season with Saint John, has four goals and 14 points in 24 games so far this year.

The Czech Republic’s training camp begins Dec. 12. The Czechs are scheduled to play a couple of exhibition games for the tournament that begins on Boxing Day. They will play Finland in Napanee on Dec. 19 and Slovakia in Peterborough on Dec. 23.

The team will play in Group B at this year’s world juniors in Toronto/Montreal, joining Russia, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland. Their first game is on Dec. 26 against Sweden.

Zboril, a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, has played with the Czech Republic at a number of international events in the past. Most recently, the d-man posted four goals and two assists in five games at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

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GAME DAY 25: at Charlottetown

A preview of tonight’s game between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Charlottetown Islanders…

When and where: Tonight at 7 p.m., Eastlink Centre

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 are ranked sixth in the CHL Top 10 with a 15-5-1-3 record for 38 points. The Islanders are third in the Maritimes Division and 12th overall with a 13-12-1-1 record for 28 points.

Last games: The Sea Dogs are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders on Saturday at Harbour Station. Thomas Chabot and Matthew Highmore scored for the Dogs while Sebastien Auger made 24 saves in the loss. Charlottetown is coming off an 8-2 home loss to the Rimouski Oceanic on Sunday. Daniel Sprong had both Charlottetown goals while Mason McDonald and Daryl MacCallum allowed eight goals on 28 shots.

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

Last meeting: Saturday at Harbour Station where the Islanders edged the Sea Dogs 3-2 in overtime. Thomas Chabot and Matthew Highmore had Saint John goals while Charlottetown markers came from Luc Deschenes, Oliver Cooper and Spenser Cobbold. Mason McDonald made 31 stops in the win. Sebastien Auger made 24 in the loss.

Ex-Sea Dogs on the Islanders: Oliver Cooper and Will Thompson

Random stat: Saint John is 21-12-1-3 against Charlottetown over the last five years.

Sea Dogs Sign OJHL Goaltender

The Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League have confirmed that goaltender Alex Bishop has signed with the Saint John Sea Dogs.

"It's been decided for about a week and a bit," Bishop said about his decision to sign with Saint John in an article on the team’s website. "The offer's been on the table for about a month, and I've been weighing my options and seeing which is going to be best for me long term."

Bishop, a 17-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., has a 4-8 record to go along with a 4.23 goals against average and .890 save percentage in 14 games with the Red Wings this season.

The 6’4”, 203 lbs netminder said the Sea Dogs showed interest in him at the Governor’s Showcase.

“After a while of talking, they put the offer on the table and said they'd like to take me this year,” said Bishop. “I talked to my parents, and we had a couple long discussions and weighed the pros and cons, and I feel this is the right call for me."

Bishop will join Sebastien Auger and Bobby Dugan as goaltenders on the Sea Dogs’ active roster. He’ll replace Blade Mann-Dixon who was reassigned to the Maritime Junior A Hockey League’s Valley Wildcats earlier this week.

"We've added another young goaltender with the potential to be a starter in the QMJHL," said Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young in a release. "We like his size, his battle level in the net, and his calm nature while under pressure. We are excited about bringing another quality goaltender to our organization and increasing our depth."

The move also gives the Sea Dogs eight Ontario players on their roster.

Saint John takes on the Islanders in Charlottetown tonight. Bishop is expected to be available tomorrow when the Dogs host the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada and on Sunday when they take on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at Harbour Station.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sea Dogs Still Sit At Sixth

The Saint John Sea Dogs sit at No. 6 in the latest edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 rankings.

The Sea Dogs, who were ranked sixth last week as well, defeated the Shawinigan Cataractes 4-2 and fell 3-2 in overtime to the Charlottetown Islanders last week.

Other QMJHL teams in the Top 10 were the Rimouski Oceanic at No. 5 and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar at No. 9.

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:
This week, the Sea Dogs travel to Charlottetown tomorrow, host the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Friday and host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Sunday.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday News & Notes

Rogers TV might want to use someone other than Oliver Cooper on their promotional ads.

Some Tuesday night news and notes…
  • Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young on Blade Mann-Dixon’s reassignment to the MHL: "We want to give Blade a chance to play and develop more. Blade wasn't getting a lot of playing time in a three-goalie system. He'll have a chance to play a lot in Jr. A this season, allowing him to further his development. That will give him a better chance of returning to training camp next year and earning a roster spot."
  • Sea Dogs ranked in Future Considerations' November NHL Draft rankings: No. 28 Jakub Zboril, No. 65 Thomas Chabot and No. 96 Nathan Noel.
  • Movember is winding down. The Sea Dogs’ page is here.
  • The Sea Dogs are back in action on Thursday when they travel to Charlottetown to battle the Islanders. The Dogs are at home on Friday hosting the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. Saint John also takes on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Sunday at Harbour Station.
  • Sunday’s Sea Dogs/Titan game will be broadcast by Rogers TV across New Brunswick.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mann-Dixon Sent Down The Valley

According to Blade Mann-Dixon, Blade Mann-Dixon has been reassigned to the Valley Wildcats of the MHL.

Mann-Dixon, an 11th-round draft pick of the Sea Dogs in this past summer’s QMJHL Entry Draft, has spent the entire season in Saint John. In two games he went 1-1 with a 4.56 GAA and .852 SV%.

The 17-year old posted a 3.33 GAA and .914 SV% in 34 games with the Wildcats last season. He was named the MHL rookie of the year.

The roster move means the Sea Dogs will now carry two goalies on their roster – 20-year old Sebastien Auger and rookie Bobby Dugan. So what does this move mean about Auger's trade status? We’ll see.