A couple of former Sea Dogs coaches very likely had a say in getting a couple of former Sea Dogs players invited to Florida Panthers rookie camp.
Former Dogs forward Stephen MacAulay and goaltender Jacob DeSerres have each been listed on the Panthers rookie camp roster. The camp begins on Thursday with medical and physical testing.
MacAulay played four-and-a-half seasons with Saint John and played last season at Saint Mary’s University. DeSerres played with the Dogs during the 2010-11 campaign and has spent the past three seasons at the University of Calgary. Both were part of the 2011 Memorial Cup championship team.
"Jacob is going down there for the experience and to showcase himself for when he is done school," said Calgary Dinos head coach Mark Howell in an article on the team’s website. "He has been to a lot of pro camps but is still excited to show what he can do. He is really deserving of this after the year he had."
The Panthers will take part in the Nashville prospects camp tournament with the Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Boston Bruins.
Saint John’s season opener is quickly approaching. The Sea Dogs open the regular season on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Charlottetown against the Islanders. Saint John then has Saturday off before travelling to Moncton on Sunday to face the Wildcats at 4:00 p.m.
The Sea Dogs begin the home portion of their schedule on Friday, September 19 against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets to all 34 Sea Dogs home games go on sale this Saturday at noon.
A couple of Sea Dogs have switched numbers for the upcoming season. According to the roster the team released yesterday, Nathan Noel will wear No. 10 while Mathieu Joseph will wear No. 21.
Noel wore No. 25 last season while Marcus Cuomo wore No. 10. Meanwhile, Joseph sported No. 42 last year.
Parlons Junior has a good article on Sea Dogs rookie forward Julien Tessier, discussing his training camp experience, the season ahead, and his time at Hockey Canada's under-17 camp is Calgary.
Tessier looked good in pre-season action, recording two goals and 12 shots in five games.
Speaking of the Panthers, The Score says Gallant’s hire as head coach is one of the team’s storylines to follow this season.
On the possibility of Gallant getting Jonathan Huberdeau to produce like he did in Saint John:
Should Gallant succeed in galvanizing his former pupil (who failed to reach the double-digit mark in goals as a sophomore), his hire will earn an adjective greater than the english translation to his surname.
The Panthers begin exhibition play on September 24 against the Dallas Stars. They open the regular season on October 9 in Tampa Bay.
It’s sounding like former Sea Dogs defenseman Eric Gelinas could miss the start of New Jersey Devils training camp. The restricted free agent has yet to re-sign with the Devils and missing the start of camp is, according to his agent, a real possibility.
“He’s prepared, for sure,” said agent Gilles Lupien to NorthJersey.com. “We’ve got some ideas how to do it and that’s the way of doing it – just sit and wait. We haven’t said anything since the start (of negotiations). It’s tough. It’s tough for everybody.”
Gelinas, who spent the second half of the 2010-11 season with Saint John, played in 60 NHL games last season and recorded seven goals and 22 assists.
A trade in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League on Sunday had a couple of Sea Dogs connections. The Dieppe Commandos traded Gareth Nicholson and future considerations to the Yarmouth Mariners for Joey Richard, Alex Mann, and a third-round pick in 2016 MHL Draft.
Saint John owns the QMJHL rights to Nicholson following a trade with the Moncton Wildcats a few weeks ago. Richard spent last season with the Sea Dogs and was traded to Gatineau this off-season.
It is with deep regret that we post this video taken from the Sea Dogs season ticket holder BBQ on Monday.
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