The Saint John Sea Dogs have acquired forward Alex Drover from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in a trade announced today. In exchange Cape Breton receives defenceman Nathan Larose and a 2020 third round pick.
Drover was drafted to the Screaming Eagles 10th overall in the 2018 QMJHL Entry Draft. The 16-year-old native of Port-aux-Basques, NL has played in 26 games for Cape Breton in his rookie season tallying three goals and eight assists. He played the 2017-18 season with the Halifax McDonald’s of the NSMMHL where he added 27 goals and 30 assists earning the league’s Rookie of the Year title.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Saint John Sea Dogs family. It’s a young talented team and I’m looking forward to growing and developing with them. I’m super excited to lace up my skates after Christmas in Sea Dogs blue.”
Alex will join a talented core of 2002 born Sea Dogs that includes William Villeneuve, Jeremie Poirier, Josh Lawrence, Brady Burns, Charlie DesRoches, and Dawson Stairs. This now gives the Sea Dogs seven of the top 30 prospects from the 2018 QMJHL Draft Rankings.
“We are thrilled to welcome Alex to the Sea Dogs”, said Sea Dogs President and General Manager Trevor Georgie. “Alex is a goal scorer with lots of offensive upside and will be a nice compliment to the young core that we already have in place. He is another young player who will develop and grow with our rookie class as we continue to put the pieces together for a future Memorial Cup team.”
Larose, 18, played 90 games with Saint John after joining the team in 2017 in a trade with Chicoutimi. He tallied seven goals and 15 assists during his time in the Port City.