Wednesday, September 22, 2010


The Saint John Sea Dogs will have one more missing puzzle piece in their lineup this weekend.

After playing in last night’s pre-season game for the Vancouver Canucks, Steven Anthony has been issued back to his junior club in Saint John.

Also demoted by the Canucks following the game was Marco Rosa (AHL Manitoba), PEI Rocket defenseman Adam Polasek, and Lewiston MAINEiac Pierre-Olivier Morin (released), reports The Province.

In last night’s 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames, Anthony saw 14 minutes and 31 seconds of ice time. He recorded four shots on goal, and a -1 plus/minus rating.

Anthony, like Stanislav Galiev with the Washington Capitals, participated in the Canucks summer camp before taking part in the team’s rookie camp. He was later promoted to the Canucks main camp.

Last season, the Halifax native recorded 18 goals and 23 assists in 61 regular season games. His career high in points in 48, and Anthony will attempt to try and rekindle the offensive flare he had prior to arriving on the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League scene.

Anthony was selected by the Canucks in the seventh round, 187th overall in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

The Sea Dogs’ Twitter page states that he is on his way back to Saint John. The 4-0-0-0 Dogs take their show to Verdun and Drummondville this weekend.

In other NHL camp news, former Sea Dog Mike Hoffman saw 14 minutes and 11 seconds of ice time in the Ottawa Senators 5-0 blowout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre last evening. He recorded one shot on goal and was a +1.

Simon Despres will not be playing in tonight’s Pittsburgh Penguins pre-season tilt against the Detroit Red Wings. The Sea Dogs defenseman is expected to get a long look by the Pens as camp.

Tonight will mark the first NHL pre-season game played at the new CONSOL Energy Centre in Pittsburgh.

Stephen MacAulay is still at St. Louis Blues camp while Mike Thomas will take part in the Oklahoma City Barons' training camp.

Photo credit: Vancouver Canucks

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