The Saint John Sea Dogs continue to trim down their training camp roster.
This afternoon the club announced that defenseman Gareth Nicholson has been reassigned from their camp roster. The Kentville, NS native was acquired in a trade from the Moncton Wildcats earlier this month.
Nicholson, 19, has spent the past two seasons in the QMJHL. He registered a goal and an assist in 39 games split between the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Wildcats last season.
Nicholson was a second-round pick of the Dieppe Commandos in the 2012 MHL Draft.
Saint John’s training camp roster is now down to 27 players consisting of three goaltenders, eight defensemen, and 16 forwards. Many teams around the league have already finalized their rosters for opening night.
Station Nation’s Lorne Webster took a stab at predicting Saint John’s opening night roster. Here is his take:
Breakdown by age:
20 - 3
19 - 4
18 - 6
17 - 9
16 - 3
Avg. Age = 17.8
Breakdown by Province/Country
QC - 6 (Auger, LeBlanc, Chabot, Dove-McFalls, Joseph & Tessier)
ON - 6 (Dempsey, Del Paggio, Fielding, Bateman, Blight & Van Boekel)
NS - 5 (Highmore, Tremaine, L. Green, M. Green & Mann-Dixon)
NL - 2 (Noel & Cuomo)
NB - 1 (Smallman)
PE - 1 (Webster)
USA - 2 (Dugan & Marsh)
CZK - 1 (Zboril)
SVK - 1 (Siska)
Saint John has this weekend off from pre-season action. Their next exhibition contest is on September 5 at Harbour Station against the Charlottetown Islanders.