Pare, who the Sea Dogs selected with the 10th overall pick in last year’s QMJHL Entry Draft, has played in five games with Saint John this year, recording one assist.
The 17-year-old forward registered 16 goals and 44 points in 43 games with the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League’s Levis Commandeurs this year. He was held pointless in three playoff games.
“We're bringing him in now to expose him to playoff hockey at this level and help him prepare for next season,” said Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young in a press release.
The Sea Dogs said Pare will be available to play tomorrow night when the team begins their first round playoff series against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. Game time is 7 p.m. at Harbour Station.
You also have to wonder if the call up is related to the health of Saint John’s forwards. The Sea Dogs were without Mathieu Joseph, Matthew Highmore and Adam Marsh last weekend due to injuries. Captain Spencer Smallman was also hurt in Friday’s game, although he did dress on Saturday.
In other news…
- The Sea Dogs enter the playoffs with a banged up team on a three-game losing streak. As if that wasn’t rough enough, they’ll have to face the CHL goaltender of the week in Reilly Pickard. According to a CHL release, last week Pickard posted “a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.80 and save percentage of .953.”
- Luke Green was ranked 57th in Craig Button’s latest draft rankings.
- The provincial champion Saint John Vito’s feature five Sea Dogs prospects: defenseman Ian Smallwood and Alex Lafreniere along with forwards Will Kelly, Kyle Anderson and Ben Reid.
- There is speculation that former Sea Dogs defenseman Adam Bateman will join the Saint Mary’s Huskies next season.
- The OHL’s Windsor Spitfires will indeed be bidding to host the 2017 Memorial Cup.
- Saturday’s Sea Dogs-Titan game will be broadcast on Rogers TV. Here’s a nice playoff promo Rogers released: