Monday, August 10, 2015

First Impressions

By Lorne Webster | SN Staff

SAINT JOHN - The Sea Dogs held their first rookie game of training camp this morning, featuring two 25 minute periods. Here are first impressions on the rookies:
  • Joe Veleno has mad skills. He will be able to step into a 'top nine' role right away. 
  • Cedric Pare is big and a strong skater - he looks a lot like Sam Dove-McFalls did in his rookie camp. 
  • Sam Leblanc is a "water bug."
  • Alex Kealey, Dawson Theede and Kallum Muirhead are very large lads.
  • Ryan Kenny and Kyle Ward are more than capable of contributing this season.
  • Without a trade or two, there is a log jam on defence. But Pierre-Luc Lurette and Vincent Martineau could find their way onto the Sea Dogs' roster very soon. In fact, every rookie defenceman made a solid impression in the opening session.
  • The Sea Dogs goaltending depth is quite impressive. Sebastien Auger (who was in attendance) left huge skates to fill... but Danny Flynn has a good group to choose from. Christopher Smith and Matt Williams split duties in net for Team While while William Hardy-Murray and Tommy Viboux were in for Team Blue.
  • Alex D'Orio and Blade Mann-Dixon practiced this morning with the returning players.
  • Full rosters from this morning:
There will be another rookie game this evening at 6 p.m. at Harbour Station. The game is open to the public.

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