The Saint John Sea Dogs have made a number of roster moves.
Sea Dogs Acquire Young Defenceman Carson Gallant
In the final minutes of Monday’s trade deadline, the Sea Dogs acquired 17-year-old defenceman Carson Gallant from the Gatineau Olympiques. The 6’03” native of Sackville, Nova Scotia was selected in the second round, 28th overall, in the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft. In exchange, the Sea Dogs sent 19-year-old defenceman Alexis Girard and an 8th Round Selection in 2020 to the Olympiques.
“Alexis had a very good year for us last season and made the most of the minutes and opportunity” said Sea Dogs President & General Manager, Trevor Georgie. “We are going with a young team, and even younger blue line that includes three 16-year-old rookies who all need to play and develop. Gatineau will be a better spot for Alexis to continue to grow his game this season. We will be patient with Carson. He will be a long-term project for us and fits nicely into our age group.”
Gallant is expected to start the season as an affiliate player with the Campbellton Tigers.
Gursoy Traded to Charlottetown
Forward Kevin Gursoy who was signed last August as a Free Agent from Lasalle, Ontario has been traded to the Charlottetown Islanders for a conditional 6th Round Selection in 2020. The pick can improve to a 4th Round Selection based on performance.
The 19-year-old forward recorded 11 goals and 7 assists in 60 games last season.
“Kevin is a tremendous young man and him and his family took a leap of faith joining us in the QMJHL last season” said Georgie. “Everybody knows that we have commenced our rebuild and will be a young team this season, maybe the youngest in the League. We want to give Kevin the chance to play with a more experienced lineup and be in a position for success. We wish him the very best on the Island.”
Matt Green Released
20-year-old forward Matt Green was released. The native of Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia was selected 22nd overall in the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft. He compiled 36 points in 168 games with the Sea Dogs.
“We want to thank Matt for his contributions on and off the ice” said Georgie. “He grew up as a Sea Dog from 16-years-old, was a model citizen, and won a President Cup with us in 2017. The overage rule is a tough one (QMJHL teams are only allowed three 20-year-olds on their roster) and we wish Matt the very best.”
Other Roster Cuts
The Saint John Sea Dogs have made the following cuts.
F – Josh MacDonald (2001)
F – Anthony Provost (2002)
F – Alexandre O’Neill (2002)
F – Connor Richard (2002)
F – William Gagnon (2002)
F – Ben Reid (1999)
D – Nicolas Kakouras (2002)