Friday, October 24, 2014

Things To Watch For This Weekend

The Sea Dogs host the Baie-Comeau Drakkar tomorrow and the Quebec Remparts on Sunday. Here are some things to watch for.

1. The Sea Dogs have been nails at home
Heading into this weekend, the Sea Dogs are 6-0-0-1 at Harbour Station this season. Saint John has outscored opponents 37-14 over the seven home games. The Remparts are the only other team in the QMJHL without a regulation home loss.

2. Which team will show up
Last weekend was straight up bizarre, man. The Sea Dogs travelled up to Moncton and got belted 7-0 only to return home and blast the Wildcats, 7-1, 24 hours later. Which Sea Dogs team will we see this weekend?

3. Drakkar games can get ugly
For whatever reason, games in the past between the Sea Dogs and Drakkar have gotten ugly and weird at times. Hopefully the power will at least stay on this time.

4. Former Dogs return to Saint John
On Sunday, Marcus Cuomo, Nicolas Hebert, and Alexander McQuiad will all face the Sea Dogs for the first time since being traded.

5. Can Saint John’s power play finally pick it up
Saint John’s power play has been pretty brutal this season. They currently sit second-to-last in the league with a 13.1% rating. But, on Saturday, the Dogs’ power play finally showed some life and went 3-for-6. The team is hoping that performance will turn things around.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sea Dogs Move Up To 8th

Despite a 1-1 week, the Saint John Sea Dogs moved up a spot in the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings.

The Sea Dogs moved into eighth place, up one from last week. After getting hammered 7-0 in Moncton last Friday, the team rebounded with a solid 7-1 win over the Wildcats on Saturday.

The Rimouski Oceanic at No. 3 and the Sherbrooke Phoenix at No. 9 were the only other QMJHL team ranked this week.

The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.
This week, the Sea Dogs host the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Saturday night and the Quebec Remparts on Sunday afternoon.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LeBlanc Named To Team QMJHL

Sea Dogs captain Olivier LeBlanc has been named to the QMJHL’s roster for the 2014 Subway Super Series.

LeBlanc was the only Sea Dogs player named to this year’s roster. The Columbus Blue Jackets prospect has two goals and six assists in 11 games with Saint John this season.

The full roster is below:

Desrosiers, Philippe, RIM
Fucale, Zachary, HAL

Leblanc, Olivier, SNB
Carrier, Alexandre, GAT
Graves, Ryan, QUE
Meloche, Nicolas, BAC
Brisebois, Guillaume, BAT
Labbé, Dylan, SHA
Morin, Samuel, RIM
Roy, Jérémy, SHE

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

VIDEO: Sea Dogs 2014-15 Intro

Here’s the intro video that has been playing at Harbour Station this season. Pretty solid.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Non-Canadians Dominating Rookie Race

I got some news for you: there aren't many Canadian players in the top 10 of QMJHL rookie scoring.

1Kay SchweriSherbrookeSwitzerland25
2Dmytro TimashovQuebecUkraine23
3Evgeny SvechnikovCape BretonRussia19
4Yakov TreninGatineauRussia17
5Adam MarshSaint JohnUSA14
6Dennis YanShawiniganUSA13
7Filip ChlapikCharlottetownCzech Rep.13
8Alex Barré-BouletDrummondvilleCanada11
9Egor PopovBathurstRussia11
10Mathieu BoucherRouyn-NorandaCanada10

This is certainly nothing new in the QMJHL. Nikolaj Ehlers won the rookie scoring race last season, Valentin Zykov in 2012-13, and Mikhail Grigorenko in 2011-12. St. John’s native Zach O’Brien was the top scoring rookie in 2010-11.

It's worth noting that, among other things such as import player ages, only nine of the 20 players selected in the first round of this year's QMJHL Entry Draft were forwards.

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Notebook: Catching Up

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The Sea Dogs play two home games this weekend, hosting the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Saturday at 7 p.m. and the Quebec Remparts on Sunday at 3 p.m. It is the only visit of the season to Saint John for both teams.

The Drakkar sit second in the East Division with a 9-4-0-1 record while the Remparts, this year’s Memorial Cup hosts, are third with an 8-5-0-0 record.

After this weekend’s bizarre set of games, Nathan Noel and Adam Marsh are tied for the team lead in points with 14 each. Noel has a team high eight goals while Thomas Chabot leads the team in assists with eight.

Chabot’s 11 points place him fourth in QMJHL defensemen scoring. Marsh's 14 points place him fifth amongst rookies.

If you haven’t heard, the CHLPA is making some noise again. Here is the latest statement issued by the CHL and its league commissioners.


“The Sea Dogs have been a big surprise early on, leading a very competitive Atlantic Division that includes Halifax and Cape Breton,” writes Ryan Kennedy. “Part of the reason for their success is Marsh, a free agent rookie from Chicago who has posted six goals and 11 points in his first nine games. The left winger goes to the dirty areas and has a wicked shot.”