Friday, November 23, 2012

Sea Dogs Notebook

Vito’s posted this photo on their Facebook page last week. Click to enlarge.

Movember is winding down but there is still plenty of time to donate to the Sea Dogs team.

The team announced last week that Scott McCain “will personally match donations to the Saint John Sea Dogs team, up to a maximum of $3,000.”

“Movember is a special reminder to all of us that we need to collectively do all that we can to fight this terrible disease,” the Sea Dogs CEO said in a release. “I'm happy to support such an important cause and I wish good luck to the Sea Dogs in their fund-raising attempts.”

Fans can follow the progress of the Sea Dogs team and make donations HERE.

Aidan Kelly was named Saint John’s scholastic player of the month for October. He is a business student at UNBSJ.

“The Scholastic Players of the Month UL Mutual are a great initiative by the QMJHL,” said UL Mutual CEO Jacques Desbiens  in a release. “We are very proud of having been invited to contribute and to add the name of UL Mutual, your mutual for life.”

Stanislav Galiev was sent back down to the East Coast Hockey League’s Reading Royals on Wednesday. The Washington Capitals even made a press release this time around.

Galiev played for Reading on Wednesday and was a +1 in a 5-4 shootout win over the South Carolina Stingrays. The former Sea Dogs forward was given a shooting opportunity in the shootout but did not score. Galiev has now played in two ECHL games but has yet to record a point.

In nine games with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, Galiev had an assist.

Rant Sports is analyzing some of the Minnesota Wild’s first round draft picks from the past few years. That includes Zack Phillips.

“So far this season, that success has not translated into the AHL, where he has just five points through 14 games,” writes Bob Spencer. “At just 20 years old, Phillips has a lot of development left, but what he has shown so far certainly has Wild fans buzzing. It’s still too early to really grade this pick so I have to default and take the middle ground.”

They gave Phillips a ‘B’ rating.

Kraig Pasher, who is Sea Dogs property, was involved in a Maritime Junior ‘A’ Hockey League trade earlier this week. From Even Strength:

The Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners traded the 18-year-old Pasher along with a fourth round pick at the 2013 Maritime Junior Hockey League Entry Draft to the Woodstock Slammers in exchange for defenseman Nicholas Lidstrum and forward Ben MacSwain.

Pasher played in seven games with Saint John last season, recording a goal and an assist. In 18 MHL games this season Pasher has three assists.

Jonathan Huberdeau ended up finishing first in points in the Subway Super Series. The Sea Dogs captain recorded two goals and three assists for five points, the most of any player to participate in this year's event. It’s a bit surprising to see this since several Russian players played in all six games.

Nail Yakupov finished with four points as did Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin.

Huberdeau finishes his Super Series career with two goals and four assists in four games.

Maxime Gravel, who was selected by Saint John in the third round of the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft, has gotten off to a good start with the Rimouski Oceanic, says Future Considerations.

“In Rimouski, defenseman Maxime Gravel is a player who has done just that, stepping up in the wake of Jan Kostalek’s broken collarbone,” writes Mark Farine. “The offensive defenseman has a goal and four assists so far in November. His ability to run a power play is sure to open some eyes, though his play in his own zone definitely needs some work.”

The Sea Dogs traded Gravel to the Oceanic in the Scott Oke deal last winter.

SeaDogsTV had another feature on Afterburn Performance this week.

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