Monday, August 18, 2014

Notebook: Zboril, Czechs Finish Second

Jakub Zboril and the Czech Republic fell short in their quest for Ivan Hlinka Gold on Saturday.

The Czechs lost 6-2 to Team Canada, ending their perfect run at this year’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Zboril was held pointless in the game.

Zboril now comes to the Sea Dogs as the second highest scoring defenseman at this year’s tournament with four goals and two assists in five games. His six points placed him just behind teammate Martin Weinhold. His four goals were the most amongst d-men, though.

Plenty of people are excited to see what Zboril can do with Saint John. The 2015 NHL Draft prospect continues to get positive reviews.
Exciting times ahead.

Here is an article on Zboril in Czech discussing the under-18 tournament and his move to Canada.

The Guardian has an article on the Will Thompson trade. The most interesting part was this tidbit:
Charlottetown can choose which first-round pick it sends as it has its own and Gatineau’s from last season’s Alexis Pepin deal.
Isles general manager Grant Sonier also discussed the deal in the article. This is also interesting:
Thompson was a -2 in Charlottetown’s 7-3 pre-season loss to Bathurst on Saturday.

Some good news out of Val-d’Or yesterday: Stephen Anderson suited up for the Foreurs.

It was Anderson’s first game action since January 5, a game that saw him take a big open ice hit that would eventually force him to spend time in hospital and miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season. The Sea Dogs traded the 20-year old centre to Val-d’Or a few weeks ago.

In his return Anderson wore No. 11, had two shots, and went 8-for-10 in the faceoff circle in the Foreurs’ 3-2 loss to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

It was a rough weekend for Antoine Landry. The former Sea Dogs goaltender allowed three goals on 14 shots against Charlottetown on Saturday and then let in five on 19 shots against Moncton on Sunday.

Today, the Titan released Landry from their training camp roster. His MHL rights are owned by the Woodstock Slammers who selected him in the second round of the 2013 draft.

Last season, the Caraquet native went 3-10 with a 4.81 GAA and .867 SV% in 15 games with Saint John.

Something big is going down involving QMJHL webcasts. As The Q News reports, it appears Videotron will be taking over the streaming services for the league.

Telus has been webcasting games for several years now and has been a major sponsor of the league. But now, their logo is nowhere to be found on the league website. Videotron’s logo is, however.

More details on all this should be released in the coming weeks. The big questions are: 1) what will the quality be like and 2) what will the price be?

From John Moore, video of Luke Green’s first pre-season action on Saturday in Dartmouth.

Green had two shots, three hits, and two penalty minutes in Saint John’s 3-2 loss to Halifax.

Saint John's next pre-season game is this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Harbour Station against the Mooseheads. The two also meet on Saturday night in Truro. There is no radio or webcast, but we will provide coverage on the Twitter machine.

Saint John, 1-1 in exhibition action, is led by free agent invite Stefano Pezzetta who has three goals and an assist in two games. Nathan Noel and Juraj Siska each have two goals while Braydon Blight, Sheehan Kirkwood, and Mathieu Joseph all have two assists apiece.

Photo via IIHF

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