Monday, January 5, 2015

Reports: Trades Be Going Down

Just when it looked like the trading period would pass through Saint John without a whisper, Sunday happened.

The Sea Dogs have acquired power forward Bokondji Imama from the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick and 2016 first-round pick. The deal has been made official by the Drakkar’s website.

Imama, an 18-year old left winger from Montreal, has 10 goals and nine assists in 35 games this season. He is also third in the league in fights with 11.

It’s a steep price for Saint John to pay, but he fits a need and it’s not like Saint John is short on draft picks for the next couple drafts.
Then in an even more surprising deal, the Sea Dogs have traded captain Olivier LeBlanc and prospect Declan Smith to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in exchange for defenseman Jason Bell and Drummondville’s 2015 first-round pick.
Bell, a 17-year old defenseman from Montreal, has eight goals and 13 assists in 39 games this season. He was originally selected 12th overall by the Screaming Eagles in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft.
Meanwhile, Drummondville currently sits 14th overall in the league standings, so that has the potential to be a very high pick.

Going to Cape Breton, well, LeBlanc is LeBlanc. This move certainly leaves a hole in Saint John’s defense core at the moment. He is also the team’s captain. It’s a big and bold move by Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young.

Smith, who plays with the Cape Breton West Islanders, was a fourth-round pick of the Sea Dogs in the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft.
The QMJHL’s trading period ends on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Atlantic time. No clue what else might happen.

Photo via Drakkar website

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