SAINT JOHN – Goaltender Alex D’Orio and forwards Cedric Pare and Ostap Safin are heading to the American Hockey League for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.
D’Orio, 18, is joining the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Sherbrooke-native signed as a free agent with Pittsburgh in September. He played 44 games in his second season with Saint John, posting a record of 9-26-7-2 with a 4.01 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage. He was named the Sea Dogs’ most valuable player at the team’s annual awards banquet last week.
Pare, 19, is joining the Providence Bruins, the AHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins.
The native of Pintendre, Quebec, was selected by Boston in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft. In his second full season with the Sea Dogs, the centre posted career highs of 13 goals and 24 assists for 37 points in 60 games. He was named the team’s most improved player.
Safin, 19, is joining the Bakersfield Condors, the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers.
The product of Prague, Czech Republic, was selected by Edmonton in the fourth round (115th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft and signed an entry-level contract with the Oilers earlier this month. He led the Sea Dogs in scoring in his rookie season with 26 goals and 32 assists for 58 points. He was named the Sea Dogs’ rookie of the year.
Congratulations, Alex, Cedric and Ostap! Good luck!