Thursday, September 18, 2014

Notebook: Roster Moves Made

The Sea Dogs announced a couple of roster moves on Thursday.

Forward Drew Gross has been sent back to the MHL’s Woodstock Slammers. In two games with the Dogs this season, the 18-year old recorded one goal.

"We were very impressed with Drew's performance last weekend," said Sea Dogs General Manager Darrell Young in a release. "He proved to us that he can play at this level."

Meanwhile, forward Anthony Salemi, who joined the Sea Dogs on a tryout basis earlier this week, has been sent back to the OJHL’s Newmarket Hurricanes. He will remain on Saint John’s protected list.

The Columbus Blue Jackets blog “The Cannon” took a look at some of the team’s prospects heading into the 2014-15 season. Among those examined was Sea Dogs defenseman Olivier LeBlanc.

Speaking of LeBlanc and the Jackets, they won the annual Traverse City prospects tournament.

The St. John’s Telegram had an article on Nathan Noel this week. In it, Noel talks about being left off Canada’s U-18 team, his draft year, and the veterans the Sea Dogs added this off-season.

Sea Dogs prospect Declan Smith is off to a hot start in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. In two games with the Cape Breton West Islanders, Smith has three goals and five assists and sits second in league scoring.

Last season, Smith had 12 goals and 21 points in 30 games. The 16-year old was a fourth-round pick of Saint John in May’s QMJHL Entry Draft.

The website “Czech List” had some nice things to say about Sea Dogs defenseman Jakub Zboril.

“In Zboril, the Sea Dogs are bringing in a significant scorer from the point who will make fans remember the likes of Pittsburgh Penguins rearguard Simon Després,” writes Margann Laurissa.

Zboril has one assist and six shots in two games with the Dogs.

Hockey Wilderness ranks former Sea Dogs forward Zack Phillips at No. 21 in the list of Minnesota prospects under 25. It’s a pretty good read.

Phillips had 12 goals and 21 assists in 76 AHL games with the Iowa Wild last season. The Wild finished last in the AHL’s Western Conference last season with a 27-36-7-6 record.

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