The Saint John Sea Dogs had a trade period described as “important for today and important for the future” by Sea Dogs President & General Manager Trevor Georgie. Shortly after the 1pm AST deadline, Georgie exited the Sea Dogs war room having completed a total of 8 transactions in the winter trade period, including five on Sunday morning. Here is a recap of all the deals the Dogs made.
December 16: Sea Dogs Acquire Alex Drover in Exchange for Nathan Larose and a 2020 3rd Round Selection
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.
In six games with the Sea Dogs Alex has a goal and an assist.
Although Alex Drover was a full-time player in the league, we are restricted by the number of 16-year-olds that the QMJHL allows on one team full-time. Drover will complete the season with the Valley Wildcats of the Maritime Junior A League and affiliate with the Sea Dogs.
“Alex is a player that our team really liked in his Draft year. We have to give credit to him, at 16-years-old, to see the big picture and recognize where this team is going and how he fits in. Similarly to Dawson Stairs, Alex made a very mature decision. He wanted be a Sea Dog, he wanted to be part of this young group that is growing up here in Saint John, even if it meant playing the remainder of the season as an affiliate.”
December 27 and January 6: SEA DOGS COMPLETE TWO TRANSACTIONS WITH THE DRUMMONDVILLE VOLTIGEURS
On December 27 the Sea Dogs acquired Casey Carreau, a 20-year-old forward playing for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL for a 2nd Round Selection in 2020. Then on January 6, the Sea Dogs acquired 18-year-old American Ryan Leonard and 20-year-old Max Sauvé in exchange for the rights to Boston University and Colorado Avalanche prospect Shane Bowers. The Sea Dogs traded up to select Bowers in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft but he has never played a game in the QMJHL.
“Drummondville felt that they had a chance to convince Shane to report. It makes sense given they had two players at the World Juniors with him. Frankly, I hoped that they could, because we would have been compensated accordingly. We have a good trading history with Drummondville with Dom (Ducharme) last season and now Stephane (Desroches). There will be more transactions to come.”
December 29: SEA DOGS ACQUIRE OVERAGE DEFENCEMAN BENJAMIN GAGNE, SEND ANTHONY BOUCHER HOME
The Saint John Sea Dogs have acquired Benjamin Gagné from the Québec Remparts in exchange for an 8th round pick in the 2021 draft.In five games with the Sea Dogs, Gagne has a goal and two assists, scoring the game winner in a 6-5 win over Moncton.
The addition of Gagné means the Sea Dogs were over the league limit of three overagers and therefore sent overage forward Anthony Boucher home.
“First, we did our very best to accommodate Anthony’s wishes to finish his Major Junior career closer to home. With Ben Gagné coming in, he has played well, he is already wearing an “A” after wearing the “C” in Quebec, and he has settled down our young blue line. He is providing us great value, including a game winning goal against Moncton in Moncton. He dove right in to our well-documented New Brunswick rivalry.”
With Boucher leaving the team, Sea Dogs Head Coach Josh Dixon announced overage defenceman Michael Campoli has been named the new Sea Dogs Captain.
“Michael is a natural leader who has a wealth of experience in the game of hockey that has been of tremendous impact already in his leadership role with our young team,” said Dixon. “He brings both a vocal and a lead by example leadership style and is a consummate professional in his attitude, habits and preparation. He has already made a tremendous impact on our team as our top D man and we look for that impact to continue as Captain.”
Campoli joined the Sea Dogs in the summer of this year after his rights were acquired from the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in a trade during the 2018 QMJHL Entry Draft. The overage defenceman had previously played for Boston College in the NCAA and for the U.S. National U18 Team. In 40 games with the Sea Dogs this season, Campoli has two goals and 11 assists.
January 6: SEA DOGS ACQUIRE 2019 2nd Round Selection from Bathurst for 2020 2nd Round Selection
The Sea Dogs completed a trade with the Bathurst Titan acquiring a 2019 2nd Round Selection (Halifax) in exchange for a 2020 2nd Round Selection (Drummondville).
“We wanted another pick in this upcoming Draft. This made sense for us considering the number of early choices we already have in 2020. When we are ready to go for another championship run, the player we select (in 2019) will be one year older than the player we select in 2020.”
January 6: SEA DOGS ACQUIRE FIRST ROUND PICK FOR ALEX D’ORIO
The Saint John Sea Dogs have acquired a 1st round draft pick in the 2020 QMJHL Entry Draft from the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in exchange for goaltender Alex D’Orio. Saint John also receives a 12th round pick in the 2019 draft.
Alex D’Orio was drafted to the Sea Dogs 9th overall in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft. The native of Sherbooke, QC played the better part of three seasons with the Sea Dogs and made a Memorial Cup appearance as part of the 2017 President Cup Champion Sea Dogs. The 19-year-old was the last remaining player from the 2016-17 Sea Dogs roster.
In 98 games with Saint John Alex posted a 3.71 GAA and 0.893 save percentage.
“This trade is about two things: it is firstly about treating Alex with the respect that he has earned here as a Sea Dog and secondly, it is about setting ourselves up with important pieces for the future” said Sea Dogs President & General Manager, Trevor Georgie. “Alex is a first class young man and a Sea Dog at heart, but ultimately he wanted an opportunity to reach the Memorial Cup again. For us, we added another first round pick to our tool box. They are extremely valuable and hard to come by. We expect the player that we select with that pick to be in our lineup when we are ready to compete for another Championship in a few years.”
With this trade, the Sea Dogs now hold six first round selections in the next three QMJHL Entry Drafts (one in 2019, three in in 2020, and two in 2021).
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January 6: SEA DOGS ACQUIRE MAPLE LEAFS PROSPECT ZACHARY BOUTHILLIER IN TRADE WITH SAGUENEENS
The Saint John Sea Dogs have acquired 19-year-old netminder Zachary Bouthillier from the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in exchange for a 2020 2nd round draft pick (Sherbrooke) and a 4th round 2021 draft pick.
Bouthillier was drafted in the 7th round to the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs in June of last year after finishing the 2017-18 QMJHL Season with a 3.42 GAA and .894 save percentage.
The native of Chambly, QC was drafted into the QMJHL to the Shawinigan Cataractes 23rd overall in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft. During his rookie season in Shawinigan Zachary was the back-up to current Sea Dogs goaltender Mikhail Denisov. The two will now be reunited in the Port City.
“Experienced goaltending is so important, especially when at times this season we have had six sixteen year-olds and upwards of a dozen rookies in our lineup. Acquiring Zachary Bouthillier gives us further stability at the position. He insulates our young group and he allows more time for our young goaltending prospects to develop. Development is a marathon, not a sprint, and this is especially true with goaltenders” said Sea Dogs President & General Manager, Trevor Georgie.
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January 6: SEA DOGS ACQUIRE ALEXIS BELISLE FROM RIMOUSKI
In the final minutes of the 2018-2019 trade deadline, the Sea Dogs acquired 16-year-old forward Alexis Belisle from the Rimouski Oceanic. Belisle, a forward from Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, QC, was selected 38th overall by the Oceanic last season. In exchange, the Sea Dogs sent a 2021 5th Round Selection and 2021 6th Round Selection.
“Alexis gives us another 2002 born player that our scouting staff really liked. He plays an in-your-face, rambunctious, and relentless style of game. Anthony often speaks of the quality of his interview, including Alexis’ looking him in the eye and saying “Draft me, I want to be a Sea Dog”. He is only 16 and we will give him lots of time to continue to develop and prepare his game for the next level.
Belisle had 25 points in 37 games in 2017-2018 for the Saint-Eustache Vikings in Midget AAA. He added 14 points in 11 playoff games. This season, he has 21 points in 29 games.
“I appreciate all the hard work and long hours that Anthony Stella and Josh Dixon, along with the rest of our hockey operations staff, put in this busy trade period” said Georgie. “The plan remains the same. We are following our Sea Dogs blueprint. We were able to make responsible but helpful adjustments to our team this season, we will have more experience for next season, and we added some important foundational pieces including young players, and a key draft choice for the longer term.”