Monday, July 7, 2014

Sea Dogs Sign Bruins Prospect

The Saint John Sea Dogs made a significant free agent signing announcement this morning.

The club announced that they have signed Boston Bruins prospect Mitchell Dempsey. The 19-year old left-winger is taking part in Bruins development camp this week.

Dempsey played in just eight games in the OHL last season – two with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and six with the Kitchener Rangers – where he registered one assist and 10 penalty minutes.

“He's shown flashes of massive potential,” Greyhounds general manager Kyle Dubas told the Sault Star in October of 2013 when Dempsey was released by the club. “It's there, but it's up to Mitchell to bring it out and it wasn't going to happen here.”

The Sea Dogs are hoping a change of scenery will work wonders for the 6'4", 217 lbs. Cambridge, Ontario native.

"Sometimes people need a change of scenery and need the opportunity to reset their careers, and that is what we are offering Mitchell," said Sea Dogs General Manager Darrell Young in a release. "I've met with his family, his agent and members of the Boston Bruins organization. Everyone is in agreement that this is the best place for Mitchell to play.

"The Bruins still believe he is a legitimate NHL prospect. In Saint John, he will have the opportunity to be mentored by assistant coach Jeff Cowan. Jeff played the same way that Mitchell needs to play in order to play at the next level. In Saint John, he will have the opportunity to step in and contribute immediately."

Dempsey also played in 15 games with the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Kitchener Dutchmen, registering five assists.

In 78 career OHL games, Dempsey had two goals and nine assists. He was a first-round pick of the Plymouth Rangers in the 2011 OHL Draft.
Dempsey, a seventh-round pick of the Bruins in the 2013 NHL Draft, is expected to take part in Sea Dogs training camp next month.

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