The Port City team has acquired 20-year-old goaltender Mikhail Denisov from the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. In exchange, the Sea Dogs gave up a conditional 10th round selection in 2020.
Originally drafted by Shawinigan 36th overall in the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft, Denisov is playing in his fourth season in the League and has a .886 SVS% and 3.24 GAA over eight games. His best season came in 2016-2017 when he posted a .909 save percentage and 2.45 GAA in 52 games. The native of Moscow, Russia was acquired by the Armada last December for a 3rd round selection in 2019.
“Adding Mikhail to our team gives us some flexibility and provides additional support for both Alex and Tommy” said Sea Dogs President & General Manager, Trevor Georgie. “They have faced not only a lot of shots, but a lot of quality scoring chances. Mikhail gives us more experience at the position and at a minimal risk.”
With this overage acquisition, the Sea Dogs will be exploring all options with defenseman Tyler Higgins to allow him to pursue his hockey career elsewhere. Higgins was acquired from Gatineau in the offseason for a 12th Round selection in 2021.
“We are sad to see Tyler go” said Georgie. “He is a good person and has been in this League a long time. The overage rule can be cruel. We will work closely with Tyler over the coming days to help him find the next best fit. We want nothing but the best for him. Our young defensemen will continue to be counted on to step up in all situations.”
The Sea Dogs are now carrying seven defensemen, five of which are 16 or 17 years old.