Thursday, May 15, 2014

Richard Traded To Gatineau

Another day means another trade for the Saint John Sea Dogs.

The Sea Dogs have traded forward Joey Richard to the Gatineau Olympiques. The Olympiques’ website doesn’t say what the Dogs will be getting in return, but Jean-Francois Plante of Le Droit tweets Saint John will be getting a 2016 fourth-round pick.

Richard was a third-round selection of the Sea Dogs in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft. The Dieppe native recorded three goals and two assists in 25 games. He hasn’t played since January 4 due to a dislocated shoulder that caused him to miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

The 17-year old tore up the NB/PEI Major Midget AAA Hockey League before coming to Saint John. In 2012-13 with the Moncton Flyers, the right winger registered 55 points in 35 regular season games and added another 30 points in just nine post-season matches.

Looking at next year’s roster, there didn’t seem to be a whole lot of room for Richard. But at the same time, this deal is a bit surprising given that Richard hasn’t had much time yet to adjust to the Q and show what he can do at this level. Hopefully this deal doesn’t backfire.

The QMJHL’s trading period opens on May 30. The Q site will be probably crash when inputting all of Saint John’s deals.

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