Friday, July 18, 2014

Notebook: Eichel Unlikely To Report

The chances of Jack Eichel reporting to the Sea Dogs continue to look very slim.

In an interview with John Moore, Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young gave everyone an update on Eichel watch.

Eichel, a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, is committed to play at Boston University this fall.

Some positive news regarding Juraj Siska was revealed this week.

Young told the Telegraph-Journal on Tuesday (paywall) that the Slovakian centre recently passed a medical test that would allow him to play professionally in his native land. Young added that the import pick is scheduled to come to Saint John training camp for further medical evaluation.

The 18-year old was chosen by the Sea Dogs with the ninth overall pick in the 2013 CHL Import Draft but did not play last year due to a neck injury.

In his Friday column in the Chronicle Herald, Willy Palov takes a look at the QMJHL’s incoming import class. It’s looking like this is going to be a talented group.

Palov also notes that the Red Line Report lists Sea Dogs defenseman Jakub Zboril, the fifth overall pick in this year’s CHL Import Draft, at No. 32 for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Former Sea Dogs defenseman David Weckworth will play for the Carleton University Ravens this season.

“David’s size and skating ability were evident when we scouted him this season,” Ravens head coach Marty Johnston said in an article on the team’s website. “I think that those skills will help us continue to push the attack from our d-core again this season. After talking to teammates and coaches, we feel that David will be a very positive influence on campus and in the Carleton community.”

Weckworth played with the Sea Dogs the past two seasons. As an overager last season, the Ottawa native registered two goals and 13 assists in 64 games.

The Ravens also feature former Sea Dogs defenseman Jason Seed.

It was announced on Thursday that the Sea Dogs will take on the Halifax Mooseheads at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro on August 23.

According to the Truro Daily News, tickets to the QMJHL pre-season match can be obtained at the arena box office or at beginning Monday.

The RECC opened last year and sits around 3,100 people for hockey. It is home of the MHL’s Truro Bearcats.

Speaking of the Bearcats, the MHL squad will be in St. Stephen on Saturday, September 13 to take on the County Aces. It will be the first regular season game for the expansion Aces.

The MHL’ regular season schedule was released on Wednesday.

The Aces will play one home game prior to their regular season opener. On September 5, the team will host the Woodtsock Slammers at Garcelon Civic Centre in an exhibition contest.

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