Monday, July 2, 2012

Sea Dogs Notebook

The Sea Dogs website – and all other team websites – finally have their 2012-13 schedule in easy-to-read form. That can be found here.

The Sea Dogs begin the pre-season on August 17 at home against PEI and the regular season on September 20 at home against Bathurst.

Florida Panthers development camp begins today. Of course, Sea Dogs captain Jonathan Huberdeau, the third overall pick in last year’s NHL Draft, will be getting plenty of attention.

Because of his age, it’s the NHL or back to Saint John for Huberdeau next season.

“Expect last year’s No. 3 pick Jonathan Huberdeau to be on the Panthers this season because he is just 19 and has nothing else to prove in juniors,” writes the Sun Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov in a blog post. “The new cap may be $70 million but the Panthers spend to their allotted budget which means they probably have about $20 million available but will only spend about half that. Remember they only have about 3-4 roster spots available this year with Tyson Strachan slated to be up with the big guys. Huberdeau takes up another spot.”

“Huberdeau could very well be the future of the franchise if he can keep up the pace and I fully expect to see him on the ice in South Florida next season,” writes Kris Eberwein of Yahoo!.

According to the Panthers website, the first practice of camp is this afternoon at 2pm Atlantic.

Thought this was an interesting tweet from Huberdeau.
This happened in February.

Racine was traded to Moncton at the QMJHL Entry Draft.

Hockey’s Future has named Tomas Jurco the Highest Risk/Reward Prospect in the Detroit Red Wings system.

“His three-year stint in major junior hockey has come to an end but with such creative skill, not a ton of defensive wherewithal and an international transfer agreement still to hurdle over, Jurco is nearly the dictionary definition of a boom or bust prospect,” writes Mike Farkas. “Provided the contract situation works itself out naturally, Jurco will ply his trade with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins – his first taste of North American professional hockey.”

Fox Sports North had an article on Charlie Coyle last week.

"You want to set your goals high, so I want to be on the big team playing and I'm always going to play for a spot and work as hard as I usually do," Coyle said. "This is my dream. So, yeah, I want to reach it."

We’re not really sure what’s happening here, but Tomas Jurco won some award. Unreal music.

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