From TVA Sports' Mikael Lalancette:
As Lalancette notes, D'Orio was likely the victim of limited playing time and exposure, appearing in just 28 regular season games in 2016-17 - his first QMJHL campaign. D'Orio posted strong numbers in the games in appeared in though, going 19-4 with a 2.40 goals against average and a .903 save percentage.Les Penguins ont invité le meilleur espoir chez les gardiens espoirs de la LHJMQ : Alex D'Orio #SeaDogs. N'a pas eu beaucoup de visibilité.— Mikaël Lalancette (@MLalancetteTVA) June 24, 2017
D'Orio didn't see action in any playoff games but did appear in Saint John's blowout loss to the Erie Otters at the Memorial Cup.
A Sherbrooke native, D'Orio was selected ninth overall by the Sea Dogs in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft. The team opted to keep him in the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League for the 2015-16 season.
D'Orio was projected to be a late-round pick by many major draft publications.
|NHL Central Scouting||13th (NA goalies)|
|Sports Illustrated||48th overall|
|Sportsnet - Jeff Marek||69th overall|
|Future Considerations||134th overall|
The Sea Dogs still have not had a goaltender drafted into the NHL.
Cedric Pare was the lone Sea Dogs player to be drafted this year, going in the sixth-round to the Boston Bruins.
Meanwhile, Samuel Dove-McFalls, who the Sea Dogs traded to the Rimouski Oceanic at the QMJHL Entry Draft, has been invited to Calgary Flames camp. Dove-McFalls recently became a free agent after not being signed by the Philadelphia Flyers.