Islanders add 'Q-ready' player

Jason Malloy
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Charlottetown trades Marcotte for first-round pick used to select Goulet

The Charlottetown Islanders have addressed a need for a centre they believe can play for them next season.

The Islanders selected Alexandre Goulet with the final pick (18th overall) in the first round of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft Saturday in Chicoutimi.

General manager Grant Sonier said he is excited to add the five-foot-11, 170-pound centre to the team.

“What was very visible when he walked up on stage is how developed he is. (Head scout) Gilles (Tremblay) and our scouting staff were adamant he’s ready to play,” Sonier said. “We’re getting somebody we highly believe in.”

He scored 29 goals and had 30 assists in 42 games last season with Levis, east of Quebec City. He was rated to go early in the second round by the league's central scouting.

“We believe we have a Q-ready player here,” Sonier said. “He fits our need down the middle moving forward.”

To get the pick the Islanders traded 19-year-old Louick Marcotte to Val-d’Or. The third-year winger had 27 goals and 27 assists in 63 games last season for the P.E.I. Rocket.

The Islanders earlier drafted Daniel Sprong with the 13th overall selection.

“In the first round we have added a dynamic offensive skilled forward and we’ve added a really solid two-way type player,” Sonier said.

The Islanders do not have a second-round pick. They are back up in the third round, 54th overall.

Organizations: Islanders, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Chicoutimi, Quebec City Val

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