will report to the Rimouski Oceanic for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
Gravel was selected in the third round of last year’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft by the Saint John Sea Dogs. He never reported to Sea Dogs training camp in the fall and had his rights traded to Rimouski in December.
Sea Dogs associate coach and director of hockey operations Mike Kelly said Gravel was a “a right-shot defenseman with a real good shot."
Gravel was part of the deal that saw Scott Oke and a 2012 third round pick (Chicoutimi’s) go to the Oceanic in exchange for a first (Moncton) and seventh (Bathurst) round pick in this year’s draft.
The 17-year old was the best defenseman in the Quebec AAA ranks this past season. He was considering the NCAA route.
Despite Gravel not reporting to Saint John, the 2011 draft is looking decent for the Sea Dogs. They picked up Oliver Cooper, Mackenzie Brown, Stephen Anderson, and Ryan Kelly, all of whom spent some time with the club this past season.