The Halifax Mooseheads will not be seeing regular nights rest in their own beds for the distant future. The team is seven games into a rare 15-game road stretch to begin the season while their home arena, The Scotiabank Centre, is under construction to renovate the ice slab and add new seats. The Mooseheads have been successful thus far posting a 5-2 record, although their overall goal differential is a tight 25 GF to 23 GA.
This total reflects the difficulty of playing on the road and having to battle upstream usually against a raucous and hostile crowd. This positive record has come with a price. Recently Halifax’s 2018 12th overall draft pick Samuel Dube has been diagnosed with a blood clot and will be out of the lineup indefinitely.
He joins Jared McIsaac, Ostap Safin, Joel Bishop and Kyle Petten as players currently out day-to-day with various injuries. McIsaac is the big prospect who was returned to Halifax weeks ago after attending Detroit Red Wings camp. The Red Wings signed the Truro, Nova Scotia native to an NHL entry-level contract on September 29th.
Still being 18 years of age, McIsaac will play this season in the QMJHL and will get the opportunity to participate in the Memorial Cup with the host Mooseheads. There is not much info online currently on the status of the injury but I was able to find that the defenseman is dealing with a shoulder injury.
After seven games for the Mooseheads, Islanders 6th round pick Arnaud Durandeau leads the team with 10 points (6G + 4A) in 7 games played. Following Durandeau is 18-year-old Raphael Lavoie, who is predicted to be drafted in the 1st round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Lavoie has put up 6 points (4G + 2A) in six games played.
19-year-old D Patrick Kyte is leading the defensemen with 5 points (2G + 3A) in seven games played. Interestingly enough, three veteran players were added from last year’s championship team, the Acadia-Bathurst Titan.
Antoine Morand 4G, 4A = 8P in 5 games
Jordan Maher 1G, 2A = 3P in 7 games
Samuel Asselin 3G, 1A = 4P in 8 games
As the Mooseheads plow ahead with eight remaining road games before they have their home opener on October 27th against Cape Breton, the team will continue to form their chemistry and evaluate the needs of the team going forward. Critics have suggested that their main weakness could be between the pipes and some have asked the question whether or not the Mooseheads need to bring in a more seasoned goalie for a Memorial Cup run. Blackhawks prospect goaltender Alexis Gravel has looked shaky at times this year and last, but still has the pedigree to become a top goalie in the league.
At only 18-years-old though, he may not be quite ready for a long playoff run with the other elite teams the QMJHL boasts. Gravel played all eight playoff games last season for Halifax and was part of the disappointing sweeping upset at the hands of the Charlottetown Islanders who knocked them out of the second round of the playoffs in just four consecutive games to move onto the third round just ahead of the President’s Cup Final.