Friday, August 17, 2012

Sea Dogs Notebook

Sea Dogs Styles in the lobby of Harbour Station got bigger over the summer. The glass trophy case has been removed and the store has been expanded, providing some much needed space for merchandise. They have a lot of new stuff which can be found on the store’s website.

The Sea Dogs announced yesterday that seats for tonight’s pre-season game at the Quispamsis qplex are sold out. A limited number of standing room tickets have been made available.

Saint John will play their first match of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League pre-season against the PEI Rocket. Game time is 7:30pm.

It is the first part of a home-and-home series between the Sea Dogs and Rocket. The two teams meet again on Saturday afternoon in Pownal, PEI.

SN will be live blogging/tweeting both games this weekend.

According to the Telegraph-Journal, former Moncton Wildcats head scout Peter Nevin has joined the Sea Dogs scouting staff. He will be Saint John’s new US scout with Trevor Hanson leaving the team to join the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes.

Nevin and the Wildcats parted ways over the summer.

Over at, Dan Rosen calls Tomas Jurco the Detroit Red Wings’ fifth best prospect.

"He was a very big part of Saint John's championship runs," Red Wings vice president and assistant general manager Jim Nill said. "He has a very high skill level. This will be his first year pro, so he'll be making that jump from junior to the American League and go from there."

Brendan Smith was named Detroit’s best prospect.

The big news in hockey yesterday saw the Red Wings cancel their annual Traverse City rookie tournament because of the looming NHL lockout. According to the Wings website, “the tournament was to begin on Sept. 15, the same day that the current collective bargaining agreement expires.”

Buffalo, Carolina, Columbus, Minnesota, Dallas, New York Rangers, and St. Louis were expected to join Detroit at this year’s tournament so there would have been plenty of Sea Dogs content.

In other lockout news, at Buzzing The Net yesterday, Neate Sager examined what will happen with the CHL-NHL agreement being expired.

The Summerside Western Capitals traded Brock Morrison’s junior ‘A’ rights to the Amherst Ramblers yesterday in a multi-player deal.

“It was tough to let Brock go because he has the potential to be an elite player in this league,” said Capitals general manager Pat McIver to the Journal Pioneer.

Morrison spent time with both Summerside and the Yarmouth Mariners last season. He had seven points in 14 games with Yarmouth and 21 in 26 games with Summerside. He added eight points in 10 playoff games with the Capitals.

Morrison is currently at Sea Dogs training camp. He has two goals and an assist in 15 career games with Saint John.

Guy Flaming featured Charlie Coyle in his “one to watch” feature on the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

“I'm not yet convinced that he'll be a scorer though and I guess that's what has me most intrigued heading into this coming season,” Flaming writes. “Before Minnesota signed the free agents they did, I wondered if Coyle might fit into the NHL picture this year. Now, I'm not so sure that some time in the AHL might be what's best long term for him.”

Check out the full thing here.

We haven’t had anything on here about Shawinigan in some time so here’s this – the Cataractes will be nearly unrecognizable this season. Basically their entire team will either graduate to the pro ranks or has been traded into the Maritimes Division.

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