Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Sea Dogs acquire Da Silva

SAINT JOHN - The Saint John Sea Dogs acquired some goaltending depth on Wednesday.

The Sea Dogs acquired netminder Tommy Da Silva and a 2018 eighth-round pick from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in exchange for forward Isiah Campbell.

Da Silva, 16, was the top goaltender selected in the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft, taken 36th overall. He has spent this season with College Charles-Lemoyne Riverains of the Quebec Midget AAA Hockey League where he has recorded a 4-9 record with a 3.97 goals-against average and a .890 save percentage.

A La Prairie, Que. native, Da Silva played with Canada Red at this year's World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

“We’re very happy to acquire a player we see as a top goalie prospect,” said Sea Dogs president and general manager Trevor Georgie in a press release. “Hockey Canada placed Tommy among the six best 2001-born goalies in the country by having him compete in the Under-17 program. We’re going to be patient with him, and work on developing him into a key contributor for us going forward.”

It's unclear at this point when Da Silva will join the club (if he does at all this season). Either way, the addition adds some much needed depth to Saint John's goaltending pipeline.

Campbell was a third-round pick of the Sea Dogs in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft and has appeared in 35 games with the club over two seasons. The 17-year-old has recorded two goals and six assists in his QMJHL career.

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