Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sea Dogs Notebook

Harbour Station uploaded this video.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft will be held one month from today in Chicoutimi.

Saint John currently has two first-round picks, including the third overall selection. They’ll also be selecting six times in the first four rounds. Via the French boards, here are all of the Sea Dogs’ picks.


Should be a fun day.

The Sea Dogs Wikipedia page was apparently edited in a bad way yesterday. CTV Atlantic had a big story on it.

According to CTV, the page had “an unapproved post exploiting two girls and former members of the team.” Obviously the changes have since been deleted.

“It’s obviously something that anybody can go on there, anybody can post really anything they want and we have zero control over that,” said Sea Dogs president Wayne Long. “It’s one of the prices we pay for being in the public and having the public scrutinize and look at you. We’re obviously disappointed, but again, our organization had nothing to do with it.”

Hockey’s Future has named former Sea Dogs defenseman Simon Despres the Pittsburgh Penguins’ best defensive prospect.

“Possessing a large frame, smooth skating, and strong puck-moving ability, Despres projects as a defenseman who can be used in all situations, and should be able to also chip in offensively,” writes Ian Altenbaugh. “He is a very instinctive player defensively and seems to be able to fill whatever role asked of him.”

This season, Despres played 27 games with the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins where he recorded four goals and three assists. In 33 games with the NHL’s Penguins he registered two goals and five assists. He has appeared in just one playoff game this year.

Despite not being able to stick in the AHL, Stanislav Galiev is the Washington Capitals’ fifth best prospect, according to Hockey’s Future.

“The Russian forward struggled in the AHL this season where he only had one assist in 17 games,” writes Eric Scheib. “It is not clear if Galiev's talents were truly given a chance to showcase themselves while in Hershey. He played limited minutes, usually on the third line, and did not see time on the power play. In his short time in Hershey, he never looked comfortable in the system and never seemed in position to rifle off a good shot. Statistically, he played well in the ECHL, scoring 23 goals and 47 points in 46 games. Despite scoring, there were still times where he struggled to impact the game.”

Galiev’s ECHL team, the Reading Royals, continue their Eastern Conference Final series tonight against the Cincinnati Cyclones tonight. The Royals lead the series 2-0.

Hockey’s Future also named Charlie Coyle the Minnesota Wild’s hardest working prospect of the season.

“Called up in February to pro ranks, Coyle persevered even through a brief demotion to show that he belonged with the NHL team,” writes Peter Prohaska. “Head coach Mike Yeo put Coyle on the top line with two of the hardest-working players in the NHL: Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise.”

Coyle and the Wild are down 3-1 in their first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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