A couple of members of the Saint John Sea Dogs'Memorial Cup championship team were assigned to the American Hockey League over the weekend.
On Saturday, the New Jersey Devils assigned defenseman Eric Gelinas to the Albany Devils of the AHL ranks. The Vancouver Canucks announcedearlier today that forward Steven Anthony has been assigned to the Chicago Wolves.
Gelinas, selected by the Devils in the second round of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft, recorded three goals and 17 assists in 27 regular season games with the Sea Dogs after being acquired mid-season in a trade with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. He added five goals and seven helpers in 19 playoff contests.
Anthony, selected by the Canucks in the seventh round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, registered 23 goals and 37 assists in 61 regular season matches with Saint John last year. In the post-season he added five goals and seven assists in 14 contests.
The Halifax native has spent the last four seasons with the Sea Dogs after the team drafted him in the first round of the 2007 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft. His 60 points last season were a career high.
Both Anthony and Gelinas could return to the Sea Dogs this season as a 20-year old or they could play professionally. With Saint John trading Alexandre Beauregard last week, they now have an open overage slot. Is one them coming back? Are the Dogs going after someone else? Or are they going to try the free agent market again? Who knows what might be happening behind the scenes.
Former Sea Dogs defenseman Yann Sauve, who played five games with the Canucks last year, was also reassigned to AHL Chicago today.
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