An incredible 16 members of the Saint John Sea Dogs who are eligible to return to the club this season took part in NHL rookie camps. The Sea Dogs have been forced to play shorthanded over the past week because of so many players missing – and there doesn't appear to be a whole lot of help coming in the immediate future.
According to the Sea Dogs newsletter, only defensemen Ian Saab (Vancouver) and forwards Danick Gauthier (Phoenix), Alexandre Beauregard (Phoenix), and Scott Oke (Dallas) have been assigned back to Saint John. All four were free agent invites.
That means the Sea Dogs will still be without nine players who are likely to return at some point over the next couple of weeks. Three others could also return but are more likely to turn pro this year.
Here are the players that will more than likely return:
Columbus Blue Jackets – Mathieu CorbeilThe following three are eligible to play another year of junior hockey but will likely be assigned to the pro ranks:
Detroit Red Wings – Tomas Jurco
Florida Panthers – Jonathan Huberdeau
Los Angeles Kings – Pierre Durepos
Minnesota Wild – Zack Phillips
Montreal Canadiens – Nathan Beaulieu
St. Louis Blues – Stephen MacAulay
St. Louis Blues – Ryan Tesink
Washington Capitals – Stanislav Galiev
New Jersey Devils – Eric GelinasWith so many players still missing, all fans can really do is be patient. Having so many players practice and train with NHL clubs and, for some, play in pre-season games will only benefit the team in the long run.
Pittsburgh Penguins – Simon Despres
Vancouver Canucks – Steven Anthony
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