The Saint John Sea Dogs have reportedly called up forward Justin Dickinson from the Maritime Junior Hockey League’s Miramichi Timberwolves.
Dickinson was a 10th round pick of the Sea Dogs in this past summer’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft. He played in two pre-season games with Saint John, registering a goal, two shots, and two penalty minutes.
Timberwolves head coach Rob MacDonald says that the Sea Dogs have been pleased with Dickinson’s progression this season. From Miramichi Online:
MacDonald said Dickinson has progressed quicker than Sea Dogs’ official expected, and they were impressed with his play when the Q team practiced at the MCC a few weeks back and then had the chance to watch their prospect play against the Tigers. MacDonald also said while it’s tough to lose Dickinson, he’s happy he’s getting the opportunity to move up a level.
“I think it’s good for our program. It shows that we develop players and we can help them get to the next level. Justin knows he’s welcome with open arms here anytime that he wishes or desires to come back or if it doesn’t work out for him. We wish him the best of luck and he’ll always be a Timberwolf,” he said.
The 17-year old has a goal, and assist, and 90 penalty minutes in 24 MHL games this year. The Newport, Nova Scotia native played with the Valley Wildcats of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League last year.
He’s listed at 6’01 and 190 lbs on the MHL website.
Looking at the Sea Dogs roster, it’s not a huge surprise they made a call up. Forwards Mackenzie Brown and Michael Mastrangelo have both been out with injuries while Jonathan Huberdeau is away at Team Canada selection camp. Devon Oliver-Dares, who is currently not listed on the team’s roster on the Sea Dogs website, has been gone for a few weeks due to “personal reasons.” So yeah, the Sea Dogs could use a forward.
You also have to think that the Sea Dogs would like to see how Dickinson plays at this level before the QMJHL trading period opens on December 22.
Saint John’s next game is tomorrow night in Moncton.