As the third week of training camp began Monday, the Saint John Sea Dogs announced the following roster updates:
Released From Training Camp
Riley Bezeau (F)
Alexandre O’Neill (F)
Connor Richard (F)
Charles Savoie (F)
Carson Gallant (D)
Nicolas Kakouras (D)
Connor McCluskey (D)
Eliott St-Pierre (D)
Tommy Da Silva (G)
Mathias Savoie (G)
Mathias Savoie will remain with the team while Zachary Bouthillier attends training camp for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Sea Dogs President & General Manager Trevor Georgie noted that the coaching staff has been very pleased with the effort and progress shown by everyone at camp. “It’s been the most competitive camp we have had in years. We were impressed by the compete level, the speed, and the skill throughout. A lot of players made it very hard on us and forced us to make some tough decisions,” said Georgie. “We have young depth in every position and just because a player isn’t on the team right now, doesn’t mean they aren’t good enough. We want our players to develop so they will help us win championships one day. Many of them will go to their AAA or junior team and play important roles, get lots of ice time, and add more experience to their toolbox.”
Georgie also announced three trades which took place Monday.
Saint John acquired 18-year-old defenceman Olivier Desroches from the Shawinigan Cataractes in exchange for a 5th round pick in the 2022 draft. From Laval, QC, Desroches was originally drafted to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 34th overall in the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft. The 6’2” blueliner has played 74 games in the QMJHL adding 11 points. Desroches attended Hockey Canada’s U17 Development Camp in 2017.
In a trade with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, Saint John received a 3rd round pick in the 2022 draft in exchange for forward Charles-Antoine Dumont and a 2021 7th round pick. Dumont was drafted to the Sea Dogs in the 6th round of the 2018 QMJHL Entry Draft.
Defenceman Connor McCluskey was acquired from the Charlottetown Islanders in exchange for forward Luke Wilson. Wilson had been on loan to the Sherbrooke Phoenix since the beginning of training camp. McCluskey was on loan to the Sea Dogs from the Islanders during training camp and had a strong showing in three pre-season games posting a goal and two assists.