Sea Dogs, Wildcats make defensive swap



The Saint John Sea Dogs and Moncton Wildcats swapped defencemen today.

Saint John sent Jeremy Doucet, who turns 19 on Sunday, to the Moncton Wildcats for 19-year-old Gareth Nicholson.

Doucet, a Dieppe, N.B. native played one-and-a-half seasons with the Sea Dogs. Last season, the five-foot-11, 185-pound frame scored a goal and eight points in 52 games. He was originally drafted by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the fifth round in 2012.

Nicholson, a Kentville, N.S. native split last season with the Wildcats and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, skating in 39 games between the two clubs. Nicholson scored a goal and an assist in 19 games with Moncton. The six-foot, 206-pound frame was originally a sixth round pick by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in 2012.

“Jeremy Doucet has played well for the Sea Dogs over the past year-and-a-half, but he informed us about two weeks ago that he intended to play Junior A in Dieppe,” said Sea Dogs General Manager Darrell Young in a team press release. “Gareth is a strong, solid, stay-at-home defender who will come to camp and push for a spot. He provides us with depth through our back end. As well, he will be one of the best conditioned student-athletes in our camp, something of an example for all our young players.”

Both Saint John’s and Moncton’s training camps start on Monday Aug. 11.

Also, the QMJHL has made the Stephen Anderson trade to Val-d’Or official. Saint John receives a 12th-round pick in 2015.