Matt Paul is no longer with the Saint John Sea Dogs.
As confirmed by Tim Roszell on last night’s 96.1 NewSong FM pre-game show, Paul was released because he wanted to return to junior ‘A.’ The Sea Dogs claimed Paul off waivers from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Jan. 7.
The 18-year-old defenseman appeared in two games with Saint John, recording two assists. He also played in two games with the Screaming Eagles back in September. In total, Paul has played in 19 QMJHL games over the past three seasons.
In 23 games with the MHL’s Amherst Ramblers this year, Paul has one goal and nine assists.
In other news…
- In four shootouts this season, the Sea Dogs have scored an impressive nine goals on 12 attempts, which gives them a league leading .750 shooting percentage.
- In case you hadn’t heard, the Sea Dogs were an honourable mention in this week’s CHL Top 10 rankings. Val-d’Or, Rouyn-Noranda, Moncton and Gatineau were all ranked.
- Rogers TV analyst Craig Eagles shares his thoughts on Jakub Zboril’s season in his latest blog post.
- In this week’s “Inside the Numbers” on the QMJHL website, it’s noted that Matt Murphy is nearing the 300 game mark, something only 40 other defensemen have done in league history. Kevin Gagne and Pascal Amyot are two of them.
- The Charlottetown Islanders website has an article on Pierre-Olivier Joseph. The 16-year-old defenseman credits former Sea Dog and current Islanders forward Oliver Cooper for the help in transitioning to the QMJHL.
- Julien Tessier has arrived in Chicoutimi, reports Le Quotidien. Tessier, who was traded to the Sagueneens during the holiday trade period, hasn’t played a QMJHL game since Nov. 14 due to health issues.
- The Moncton Wildcats have been outscored 17-3 over the past two games. Their division lead over the Sea Dogs is now at six points – and Saint John has three games on hand.
- Some of the highlights from last night's Sea Dogs win:
Here's the Turcotte OT save pic.twitter.com/nfOmYXiQA2— Jamie Tozer (@station_nation) January 23, 2016