Saturday, June 27, 2015

Five More Dogs Drafted Into NHL

An impressive five Sea Dogs were selected today at the NHL Draft, giving the team a franchise record setting seven players in total drafted this weekend.

Less than 24 hours after defensemen Jakub Zboril and Thomas Chabot were selected in the first round, five forwards were taken in rounds 2-7. They are as follows:

4th round, 98th overall – Philadelphia Flyers: Samuel Dove-McFalls
4th round, 120th overall – Tampa Bay Lightning: Mathieu Jospeh
5th round, 138th overall – Carolina Hurricanes: Spencer Smallman
6th round, 180th overall – Tampa Bay Lightning: Bokondji Imama
7th round, 200th overall – Detroit Red Wings: Adam Marsh

This is the first time the Flyers, Lightning and Hurricanes have drafted players from Saint John. However, Danick Gauthier signed with the Lightning as a free agent while he was still with the Sea Dogs.

The Red Wings previously selected Tomas Jurco from the Dogs in the second round of the 2011 draft.

Having seven players selected is an impressive accomplishment, but almost all the talk has been about one player who was not selected: forward Nathan Noel. He was ranked 54th amongst North American players by NHL Central Scouting, 78th by and 119th by ISS. He’ll no doubt get a free agent invite to a camp somewhere.

Also selected today was 18-year-old defenseman and UMass-Amherst recruit Jake Massie. He was picked by the Sea Dogs in the fifth round of the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft. The Hurricanes selected him in the sixth round.

Meanwhile, goaltender Joel Daccord, an Arizona State recruit and a late 2013 draft pick by the Sea Dogs, went in the seventh round to the Ottawa Senators.

Photo: TVA Sports

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