Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sea Dogs Notebook

ROAD TRIP
The Sea Dogs begin their final Quebec road trip of the regular season in Victoriaville on Wednesday. Saint John battles the Tigres at 8pm to kick off a three-game trip.

The Dogs, losers of three straight, then travel to Gatineau to take on the Olympiques on Friday night. Saturday they visit the Shawinigan Cataractes for a rematch of the 2012 Memorial Cup semifinal.

The standings got a bit more interesting with Saint John losing to Sherbrooke on Saturday. The Phoenix – 16th overall in the league (the final playoff spot) - are now just four points back of the Sea Dogs who sit 15th. The Dogs do have two games in hand.

HUBERDEAU
The Florida Panthers announced yesterday that Jonathan Huberdeau will remain in the NHL for the season. He spoke to the Panthers website before the announcement was made.

"It's not like if I play six games, I can stop working and I'm on the team," said Huberdeau prior to finding out his fate. "I have got to keep working. I want to play the best as I can and that's what I'm going to try to do.

"Work hard and keep it simple."

Huberdeau played in his sixth NHL game tonight, kicking in his entry-level contract.

Puck Daddy named Huberdeau a candidate for the Calder Trophy yesterday.

SEED
Former Sea Dogs defenseman Jason Seed was named the Maritime Junior Hockey League’s first star of the week yesterday. The 20-year old, currently playing with the Summerside Western Capitals, registered seven points this past week.

From the MHL website:

Seed, an Ottawa native, first helped his team to a 5-3 win over Dieppe on Thursday night earning two assists. Then on Saturday night in Miramichi, he was the game's second star as he earned a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win over Miramichi. Finally on Sunday, Seed was again the game's second star in a 4-1 win over the Slammers as he earned a goal and two assists. Seed has 17 points in 16 games since joining the Caps.

Yarmouth Mariners forward Colin Campbell, who played six games with Saint John in 2011-12, was named the second star.

GRANT
Highland Park Hockey had an article on former Sea Dogs captain Alex Grant on Monday.

Grant was a victim of the NHL lockout, sliding down the depth charts of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He has played in just 19 games this season, recording two goals and three assists. With the lockout over, he should get more playing time.

DeSERRES
The Calgary Sun had a great article on former Sea Dogs goaltender Jacob DeSerres on Friday. DeSerres is currently playing for the University of Calgary Dinos.

“I still think about it all the time,” DeSerres said about winning the 2011 Memorial Cup with Saint John.

“It was the best experience ever. It wasn’t just winning at the end, it was the whole process.

“It was the most fun year I could dream of in hockey.”

DeSerres is having a good year with the Dinos. He is 7-3-2 with a 2.04 goals against average and a 0.918 save percentage. His GAA is second best in Canada West and his SV% is third best.

ST. LAURENT
Former Sea Dogs goaltender Karel St. Laurent tweeted Friday that he will be joining the McGill Redmen program next season.



The Redmen won a national championship last year. They are 14-7-3 this season and sit third in the OUA’s Eastern Conference.

TRADES
SeaDogsTV talks to Brett Malone and Jeremy Doucet about getting traded to Saint John.


CAPTAINS
SeaDogsTV talks to Ian Saab, Jason Cameron, Maxime Villemaire, and Pierre Durepos about their leadership roles.



Photo: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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