Friday, May 30, 2014

Expected Deals Made Official

The Saint John Sea Dogs have acquired another first-round pick for tomorrow’s QMJHL Entry Draft.

Saint John picked up the 15th overall pick in tomorrow’s draft along with a 2016 first-rounder from the Charlottetown Islanders in exchange for veteran forward Oliver Cooper.

This deal has been rumoured/reported for a couple weeks now and become official today when the trade period opened up. It seems to give both teams what they want – the Isles get a big, veteran forward who can put some points up while the Sea Dogs get another first-round pick.
Cooper led the Sea Dogs in scoring last season with 28 goals and 29 assists in 68 games. The 19-year old Fredericton native was drafted 19th overall by the Dogs in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft. He leaves Saint John with 45 goals and 55 assists in 195 regular season contests.

The Sea Dogs were not done there. As expected, a number of other deals were made official.

Forward Nicolas Hebert was traded to the Quebec Remparts for a 2017 fifth-round pick. Hebert was acquired by the Sea Dogs mid-season last year and recorded six goals and four assists in 33 games.

Forward Joey Richard was traded to the Gatineau Olympiques for a 2016 fourth-round pick. Richard was a third-round selection of the Sea Dogs in last year’s draft but only played in 25 games due to a shoulder injury. He registered three goals and two assists.

Forward Noah Zilbert was also dealt to Gatineau. In return, the ‘Piques sent the Dogs a 2015 fourth-round pick. In two seasons with Saint John, the Fredericton native recorded 24 goals and 17 assists in 132 games.

Goaltender Antoine Landry was sent to Bathurst for a 2016 sixth-round pick. As Sebastien Auger’s backup last season, he went 3-10 with a 4.81 goals against average and a .867 save percentage. His 36-save performance in Saint John’s season opening win in Moncton last season was one of the highlights of the 2013-14 campaign.

Lastly, the Sea Dogs acquired 20-year old forward Mark Tremaine from the Victoriaville Tigres in exchange for a 2015 seventh-round pick. The Dartmouth native registered eight goals and 22 assists in 57 games last season with the Tigres. He spent the two previous seasons with the Moncton Wildcats.

The 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft takes place tomorrow where more deals could take place.

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