The Saint John Sea Dogs have acquired Ottawa Senators prospect Philippe Daoust, netminder Thomas Couture, and Saint John born Nick Blagden in a trade with the Moncton Wildcats.
20 year old forward Daoust was selected in the 6th round of the 2020 NHL draft by the Senators, and has spent this season in the AHL with their affiliate team, the Belleville Senators, scoring 5 points in 15 games. The 6’00” 170 lb forward from Barrie, ON was invited to camp in 2019 by the Wildcats. In his two seasons with Moncton, he scored 13 goals and 57 points over 79 games.
The Sea Dogs also acquired 5’10” 152 lb goaltender Thomas Couture, who has a .907 save percentage and 3.14 GAA in 18 games this season. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2019 QMJHL Draft by Rimouski. As well as, Nick Blagden.The 19 year old forward will be joining his hometown team as they host the 2022 Memorial Cup presented by Kia. Drafted in the 12th round in 2019, the forward has scored one goal and 4 points in 13 games this season.
In exchange, the Wildcats received goaltender Jonathan Lemieux, prospect Natan Grenier, a 2022 3rd round selection (Val d’Or), a 2023 3rd round selection (Blainville), a 2024 6th round selection (Saint John), and a 2024 7th round selection (Val dOr).
Lemieux was acquired from Val d’Or over the summer and has been Saint John’s starting goaltender this season, putting up a .892 save percentage and a 3.55 GAA in 23 games this season. Natan Grenier was selected 19th overall in the 2021 QMJHL draft by Saint John, and is currently with Séminaire St-François Blizzard of the QM18AAA and has 18 points in 24 games played.
The 2021 QMJHL Trade Deadline ends at 12pm EST/1pm AST. Follow along all day on the Saint John Sea Dogs social platforms and www.SJSeaDogs.com.