Fog Devils send goalie to Drummondville; age a factor in trade
There is one less goalie in training camp with the St. Johns Fog Devils.
St. Johns traded 19-year-old netminder Bradley Dyke and an 11th round draft pick to Drummondville Monday for a sixth-round pick and the rights to 17-year-old goalie Michael Kowalew. Dyke had been in contention for the backup goalie spot behind likely starter Timo Pielmeier and his departure appears to improve Jake Allens chances of sticking with the team this fall.
Allen was the Fog Devils third-round pick in this years midget draft and is thought to be the clubs goalie of the future. However, St. Johns head coach and general manager Real Paiement wasnt ready to hand Allen a job when contacted by phone on Monday afternoon.
We still have three goalies (Allen, Pielmeier and Pierre-Alexandre Marion) in camp, Paiement said. By the end of this week (the goalie situation) should be settled down.
Allen and Dyke split time in several Fog Devils pre-season games and according to Paiement, there was no great difference in their play.
The biggest knock on Dyke is the fact he has only one year of major junior eligibility before he reaches overage status.
Both Jake and Bradley had a very good camp, they were both ready for camp and competed very well. We would have been happy starting the season with Jake and Bradley in net, Paiement said. But at the end of the day, Jake is 17 and Bradley is 19.
There is still a chance the Fog Devils will not clear up their goaltending situation until after Pielmeier completes his first training camp with the San Jose Sharks, who selected the German netminder in last Junes NHL entry draft, next week.
After watching Nicklas Bergfors leave for camp with the New Jersey Devils in 2005 and then subsequently get assigned to the clubs AHL affiliate in Albany, Paiement knows there is always a chance Pielmeier could end up going the same route.
In this scenario, St. Johns would likely begin the 2007-08 campaign with a goalie tandem of Allen and Marion.
It also depends on our overagers ... If we dont have a place for a 20-year-old goalie, Jake (Allen) would probably be here, Paiement said.
As for Dyke, who spent last year playing with Miramichi in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Paiement indicated the Corner Brook native will be given every opportunity to start the season in Drummondville.
We had the option of sending Bradley back to Junior A, so I sat down with him Saturday ... I told him other teams were interested in trading for him.
He said he wanted to play major junior, Paiement said. I know weve made the best decision for him.
In Kowalew the Fog Devils get a prospect who is not in the teams immediate plans but could one day take to the ice at Mile One.
Hes more of a long-term prospect. From what I know, he could play in our league in a year or two, Paiement said.
Along with Jon MacDonald in Cape Breton, Kowalew gives us depth right now.
Kowalew was drafted 98th overall by Drummondville in this years Quebec Major Junior Hockey League midget draft and is expected to spend the 2007-08 season playing junior A in Quebec for the St. Jerome Panthers.