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By: Mark Allred Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leagues Saint John Sea Dogs are not exactly having the best season thus far in the 2017-18 campaign and are currently ranked second to last in points with 29 in 37 games played and were forced to make a drastic decision for the sustainability of the franchise’s future. One move that changed the face of the club was the trade earlier in December of 2017 that sent 2018 National Hockey League Entry Draft eligible Joe Veleno to the Drummondville Voltigeurs for a plethora of future first-round draft picks to rebuild the team in an effort to return someday as the leagues best and Presidents Cup Champions status they claimed only a season ago.
— Craig Eagles (@Eags37) December 29, 2017
With moves like this, it creates opportunities for others currently on the Sea Dogs team such as Boston Bruins forward prospect Cedric Pare who went from playing in a bottom-six role to finding himself as a first-line center and reaping the benefits of his promotion. Pare was selected in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft held in Chicago, Illinois and even though he was a late round gamble to an NHL Bruins franchise continuing to build from developing within.
As a bottom-six role player, the 6′-2″ 201-pound Pare didn’t exactly rip it up offensively before his promotion to the top line only contributing 7-6-13 numbers in 28 games but since the Veleno trade went down on December 8,2017, he’s put together a six-game point streak with 2-7-9 in that timeframe, and gaining major trust from first-year Sea dogs bench boss Josh Dixon. Pare has not only earned his new role as a second-year player in one of Canada’s top-three Junior leagues, but he’s also earned more time on the power-play with six of his career-high nine goals coming on the man advantage. This year Cedric has 9-13-22 numbers in 34 games played.
Cedric Pare scores in #SJSeaDogs overtime loss to Screaming Eagles.
— Saint John Sea Dogs (@SJSeaDogs) December 29, 2017
Below are the highlights of his last game on Friday night December 29, 2017, where he earned an assist to bring his 2017-18 season and career-high point streak to where it is today.
The 11-19-5-2 Sea Dogs are currently on a three-game winning streak and get back on the ice when Pare and his teammates travel to face the 15-16-3-3 Moncton Wildcats for the second time in three days. Puck drops from the Moncton Coliseum this afternoon at 2pm.
— Saint John Sea Dogs (@SJSeaDogs) December 31, 2017