Drew Michals, the American goaltender the Sea Dogs selected in the ninth round of this year’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft, will be coming to Saint John for training camp.
Michals tweeted this yesterday and exchanged tweets with Sea Dogs equipment manager David Kelly.
After a great week at bandits finally home. Looking forward to going up to st John on the 13th!— Drew Michals (@DrewMichals35) August 4, 2012
The 17-year old from Newton, Massachusetts played with the Boston Junior Bruins of the Empire Junior Hockey League last season. Michals went 11-1-1-0 with a 2.82 goals against average and a .903 save percentage in 28 regular season games, according to the league’s website.
The Junior Bruins have him listed at 6’1” and 165 lbs.
A strong training camp with the Sea Dogs and Michals has a good shot at making the team. The only other goaltenders currently listed on Saint John’s roster are Sebastien Auger, Alex Fournier, and Shawn Jeffery.
Even if he has NCAA hopes, getting him to report to camp is a good start. The Sea Dogs haven’t had great luck in attracting the American players they have drafted in the past so this is good to see.