Friday, May 30, 2014

It's Trade Day

And so it begins.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's trading period opens up today, signalling the real beginning of draft weekend. A lot of the deals that have been rumoured/reported for some time will be made official, including several made by the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Here is a rundown of the reported deals involving the Sea Dogs. Remember that these are media reports and they may not be completely accurate. We’ll find out how true they are soon enough.

To Saint John: 2017 5th-round pick
To Quebec: Nicolas Hebert 
To Saint John: Mark Tremaine
To Victoriaville: 2014 7th-round pick 
To Saint John: 2014 15th overall pick and 2016 1st-round pick
To Charlottetown: Oliver Cooper 
To Saint John: 2016 6th-round pick
To Bathurst: Antoine Landry 
To Saint John: 2016 4th-round pick
To Gatineau: Joey Richard 
To Saint John: 2015 4th-round pick
To Gatineau: Noah Zilbert

That’s a lot of deals for a team that has been quiet on the draft trade front for the past several years. New Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young is really putting his mark on the 2014-15 team.

Something else to watch for: Sebastien Auger. In Wednesday’s Telegraph-Journal, it was reported that Young said Auger was a “lock” for one of Saint John’s 20-year old positions. But the Journal de Quebec was still speculating yesterday that he could go the Remparts. We’ll see.

If Auger is a lock and the Tremaine trade is accurate, that leaves the Dogs with four 20-year olds (Michael Abbott and Stephen Anderson being the others). That’s a problem that will have to be solved at some point.

This should be an interesting couple of days. By Sunday, we should have a much better idea of what this year’s Sea Dogs team will look like.

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