Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday notes: Aces acquire Lafreniere

Alexandre Lafreniere is on the move in the Maritime Hockey League.

On Monday, the St. Stephen Aces announced that they had acquired the Saint John Sea Dogs prospect from the Amherst Ramblers in exchange for a 2017 fifth-round pick and Pierre Bourgoin.

Lafreniere had five goals and 10 assists in 18 games with the Woodstock Slammers this season, according to Elite Prospects, and was pointless in four games with the Ramblers. He has played in 13 games with Saint John this year, recording one goal and two assists.

The 17-year-old forward will be reunited with fellow Sea Dogs prospect Ben Reid in St. Stephen. The two were linemates during the Saint John Vito's Telus Cup run in 2015-16.

“Alex is a dynamic young player who has a huge upside,” Aces head coach and general manager Josh Hepditch said in an article on the team's website.

Meanwhile, defenceman David Comeau, who is sticking with the Sea Dogs for the remainder of the season, had his MHL rights traded from Woodstock to Miramichi.

MHL trades can be tracked here. The trade deadline is tonight (Jan. 10) at 10 p.m.

Bishop finds new home
We mentioned the other day that former Sea Dogs goaltender Alex Bishop had his MHL rights traded to Summerside. After being waived by the Quebec Remparts, it looked as though Bishop may end up there, but that will not be the case.

The Val-d'Or Foreurs announced on Saturday that Bishop will join their team for the rest of the season.
Bishop will likely back up Etienne Montpetit for much of the year.

Van Boekel back to Ontario?
Meanwhile, former Sea Dogs defenceman Jack Van Boekel hasn't played with the Foreurs since Jan. 3 and is no longer listed on the team's roster.

It appears he could be heading back to Ontario.
The Vipers play in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Povorozniouk staying pro
The former Sea Dogs forward (pictured up top) was recently loaned by the AHL's Chicago Wolves to the ECHL's Elmira Jackals, this while playing the entire first half with the Missouri Mavericks. The ECHL is weird like that.

Povorozniouk is having a good rookie season in the ECHL, recording 11 goals and seven assists in 27 games with Missouri.

Bowers update
Sea Dogs draft pick Shane Bowers now has 10 goals and 12 assists in 30 games with the USHL's Waterloo Black Hawks this season. His offensive numbers haven't been spectacular and has slid to 24th in Sportsnet's latest 2017 NHL Draft rankings and is 18th in Craig Button's latest.

Bowers will play in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game tonight.

Gallant speaks
Former Sea Dogs head coach Gerard Gallant spoke with ESPN's Pierre LeBrun about his firing, clearing the air about analytics. Gallant is currently living a very hard life, watching NHL games at his place in Fort Lauderdale with two-and-a-half years left on his deal.

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