Saint John's Mike Kelly added 3 players and 9 draft picks by moving veteran players at the deadline (CHL Images)Saint John Sea Dogs coach and director of hockey operations Mike Kelly didn’t hide the fact that the offers were not there for star Sea Dog and Florida Panthers prospect Jonathan Huberdeau at last week's QMJHL trade deadline.
“Nobody was close,” he said.
“We were pretty honest with everybody. We were told there was a 99.9 per cent chance he wasn’t coming back.”
Huberdeau, 19, was the Panthers' No. 3 overall draft pick in 2011. He came within a hair of making the Florida lineup last season, before the Panthers thought better and returned him to Saint John. He is a virtual lock to make the team , but had to wait for the NHL and NHLPA to come to terms with a new collective bargaining agreement. He had 45 points in 30 games this season for the Sea Dogs.Read More »from Saint John Sea Dogs’ Mike Kelly happy with rebuild, despite no return for Jonathan Huberdeau