Sunday, July 6, 2014

Notebook: Free Agents Are Coming

Free agent news is coming…
Olivier LeBlanc, drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets last weekend, has been invited to the NHL club’s summer development camp.

The annual camp begins on Monday and operates until Thursday. According to the Blue Jackets website, “this year’s camp is highlighted by the inaugural CBJ Prospects 3-on-3 Tournament, set to be staged on Thursday, July 10 beginning at 4:30 p.m.”

LeBlanc was one of 28 players invited to Columbus’ camp. All seven of the team’s 2014 draft choices received invites.

The Sea Dogs currently have four 20-year olds on their roster: forwards Stephen Anderson and Mark Tremaine, goaltender Sebastien Auger, and defenseman Michael Abbott. That list will need to be cut down to three at some point.

The MHL’s Summerside Western Capitals are taking preparations if Anderson is the odd man out. The club reacquired his rights this past week.

“If we do get Stephen Anderson back, it’s going to be a pretty good deal,” said Caps general manager Pat McIver to The Guardian last week. “We will be getting an Island kid who has a ton of major junior experience, and had a good year with us the year he did play here.”

Anderson played in 31 games with the Caps in 2011-12, recording 19 goals and 17 assists. 

A few notes on Wednesday’s CHL Import Draft…

  • Jakub Zboril is the fourth Czech Republic native the Sea Dogs have drafted in their history. He joins Martin Bartos, David Stich, and Jakub Izacky.
  • Zboril made Buzzing The Nets all-name team.
  • Zboril can be followed on Twitter here (@zboriljacob)
  • Of Saint John’s 11 all-time Import Draft selections, only three have been defensemen.

There isn’t much info on Nikita Lee available online, but this tweet further proves his existence.

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