December 22nd: traded a 2014 fifth-round pick to Rimouski in exchange for Nicolas Hebert.
A few thoughts:
- The Sea Dogs and Halifax Mooseheads each made just one trade each this period, the fewest in the league. Saint John’s lone move was a good one though, acquiring a former first-round pick who just couldn’t find his groove in Rimouski. This change of scenery may help him start to produce more offensively.
- Saint John did not move their biggest asset – goaltender Sebastien Auger. But at least it looks like the team will have three quality overagers next year with Auger, defenseman Michael Abbott, and forward Stephen Anderson.
- Can’t help but wonder if there may have been some more tweaking to the roster if the Sea Dogs had a full-time GM in place. Maybe not though.
- Although the team didn’t make any trades to make them improve right now, I suppose the good news is that the current team is playing much better of late than it was just a month or so ago. They are 4-6-0-0 in their last 10.
- I know a lot of Sea Dogs fans aren’t happy about the lack of activity from the team over the past two weeks. Vent in the comments section.
- I still think this team is in decent shape considering they are less than two years removed from a Memorial Cup run. Could it better? Sure. Could it be worse? Yup.
- Some Quebec tweeters tweeted the other day that 16-year old Mathieu Joseph will remain with the club for the second half. The Dogs were already at the league limit for 16-year olds, so not quite sure what the deal is if these reports are true.
- Looking ahead to the draft, the Sea Dogs only have one first-round pick this year. It should be a high one.
- Charlottetown pretty much traded everyone for everyone. Complete overhaul.
- League standings are kind of crazy right now. There is no 2011 Sea Dogs or 2013 Mooseheads this year.