Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sea Dogs Notebook

After getting 62% of votes on a poll posted on the Sea Dogs Facebook page, goaltender Sebastien Auger will be the next player to get his own jersey t-shirt.

According to the Sea Dogs Styles website, “T-Shirts will be available for pick up at the Sea Dogs home game on February 7, but you can pre-order yours online today.”

T-shirts will be made in both youth and adult sizes.

After getting his NHL career off to a hot start, Jonathan Huberdeau and the Florida Panthers have gone cold the past couple games. Huberdeau was a combined -1 and recorded two shots in loses to the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens. He had just under 16 minutes of ice time in each game.

“He’s pretty good kid,” Alex Kovalev told The Canadian Press about his linemate. “He’s a good playmaker.

“But there’s still a long way for him to go to learn to play at this level and be consistent. We had a good first game and [Monday] night we didn’t show up. That could be from having it too easy the first game and then moving up to a harder game. But our line was completely off.”

The Panthers take on the Senators Thursday night.

And speaking of Huberdeau, he is one of the players mentioned as a Calder Trophy candidate by Hockey’s Future. Former Sea Dogs defenseman Simon Despres, playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins, is also discussed in the article.

After missing over a month of action due to an injury, former Sea Dogs forward Scott Oke returned to the Rimouski Oceanic lineup on January 18. He recorded an assist in his return.

On January 20, Oke netted a hat trick against Acadie-Bathurst Titan. He now has 21 goals and 28 assists in 36 games this season.

Oke, Kevin Gagne, and the Oceanic sit second overall in the league with a 31-11-1-4 record.

Sea Dogs defenseman Olivier LeBlanc caught the eye of Future Considerations during the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

“Leblanc was a strong skating, puck moving blue liner who finished the tournament third in team scoring for a plucky Quebec squad,” writes Dan Stewart. “His poise, energy and ability to handle the puck were impressive traits as he liked the puck on his stick and to start the offensive rush. His shot was dangerous as was his ability to snake through traffic.”

Also noted in the article is Cape Breton’s Clark Bishop. LeBlanc and Bishop dropped the gloves last night in Sydney. Via

Via, here’s Sunday’s fight between Justin Dickinson and Kyle Haas.

Lastly, here’s Sea Dogs head coach and general manager Mike Kelly speaking about the East Coast Ice Jam.

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