Monday, August 11, 2014

Notebook: Zboril, Czechs Defeat Americans

Jakub Zboril and the Czech Republic got off to a good start at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament today.

The Sea Dogs defensive prospect had a goal and an assist in the Czech’s 4-2 victory over the United States. Zboril scored his team’s first goal on a five-on-three power play.

“Zboril is a smart defenseman with good size who can contribute at both ends of the rink, including on the power play,” writes Kennedy.

The Czech Republic take on Finland tomorrow and Russia on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Team Canada opened up the under-18 tournament with a 5-1 win over Switzerland. The Canadians take on Sweden tomorrow.

The lineup sheets handed out at Harbour Station today featured a few names not listed on Saint John’s original training camp roster. Here is a closer look at the three.

Jonathan Reinhart – Goaltender, 5’10”, 159 lbs
The 18-year old from Cambridge, Ontario posted a 2.15 GAA and .930 SV% in 22 games with the GOJHL’s Elmira Sugar Kings last season.

Alexandre Pouliot – Forward, 5’10”, 179 lbs
The 17-year old from Saints-Anges, Quebec registered three goals and four assists in 40 games with the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League’s Levis Commandeurs last season. He added two goals in six playoff games.

Jacob Blair – Goaltender, 6’2”, 176 lbs
The 19-year old from Ottawa was a sixth-round pick of the Ottawa 67’s in the 2011 OHL Draft. He has played in the OHL the past couple seasons. He had a 5.76 GAA and .815 SV% in eight games with the 67’s last season.

Training camp continues tomorrow at Harbour Station. At 8:45 a.m., goalies will have a practice. There will also once again be scrimmages at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Goaltender Antoine Landry, who the Sea Dogs traded to Bathurst this off-season, took to the ice at the KC Irving Regional Centre today with his mask still sporting a Saint John look.
The Sea Dogs received a 2016 sixth-round pick in exchange for Landry. Last season, the Caraquet native went 3-10 with a 4.81 GAA and .867 SV%.

The Hockey Writers calls former Sea Dogs forward Tomas Jurco the Detroit Red Wings’ second best prospect. Anthony Mantha was named the top prospect.

Via Habs Future, here’s Nathan Beaulieu taking on the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Beaulieu challenged Zack Phillips.

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