UPDATED: Islanders acquire defenceman Deschenes from Victoriaville

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Luc Deschene, left, celebrates a goal during the under-17 hockey tournament in Cape Breton, N.S.

Fredericton native captained Team Atlantic at world under-17 tournament

Luc Deschenes is looking forward to joining the Charlottetown Islanders.

The 16-year-old defenceman from Fredericton was acquired Tuesday from the Victoriaville Tigres.

“Everything I’ve heard about the organization has been phenomenal,” Deschenes told The Guardian while crossing the Confederation Bridge Tuesday morning.

“It’s good to be closer to home, but I think the big thing is just being in a good spot . . . I’m really confident that I’ll get that in P.E.I.”

In exchange, the Islanders returned Victoriaville’s 2016 first-round pick acquired in the Yan-Pavel Laplante and Julien Leduc deal before Christmas.

“I’m a two-way defenceman, good first passes coming out of my own end, physical defenceman and I can also bring something to the power play,” Deschenes said.

The five-foot-10, 202-pound blue-liner has two goals and five assists in 28 games this season in Victoriaville.

Deschenes was a third-round pick (50th overall) in last year’s QMJHL Draft. The pick originally belonged to the P.E.I. Rocket but was traded a year ago to Victoriaville as part of the Troy Vance deal.

Deschenes played with Islanders Kameron Kielly, Nathan Yetman and Mason McDonald with the under-17 Atlantic team a year ago and knows Daniel Sprong from another event.

He is pleased to be part of the young, talented squad.

“It’s exciting,” he said. “I’ll be with guys a little closer to my age and hopefully build a bright future for the Islanders.”

The Islanders host Halifax on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Earlier story

The Charlottetown Islanders have added a 16-year-old defenceman in a trade with the Victoriaville Tigres.

Luc Deschenes is coming to town in exchange for one of Tigres first-round pick in 2016 acquired in December as part of the Yan-Pavel Laplante and Julien Leduc deal.

"Really excited to be finally heading to the island ," Deschenes said on Twitter this morning.

The Fredericton native captained Team Atlantic at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge earlier this month in Sydney, N.S. He had an assist in five games and received a lot of ice time.

The five-foot-10, 202-pound blue-liner has two goals and five assists in 28 games this season.

HERE'S OUR STORY FROM MONDAY ABOUT THE DEADLINE.

Deschenes was a third-round pick (50th overall) in last year’s QMJHL Draft. The pick originally belonged to the P.E.I. Rocket but was traded a year ago to Victoriaville as part of the Troy Vance deal.

 

Trade period deals

A look at the eight trades the Charlottetown Islanders have made since the trade period opened on Dec. 22.

 

Dec. 22

– Charlottetown sends F Matt Bursey to Blainville-Boisbriand for F Matthew Cusson.

– Charlottetown sends F Yan-Pavel Laplante and D Julien Leduc to Victoriaville for a fourth-round pick (Baie-Comeau) in 2014 and Victoriaville’s first-round picks in 2015 and 2016.

Dec. 27

– Charlottetown sends F Deverick Ottereyes and a 10th-round pick in 2015 to Gatineau for D Vincent Roy and an eighth-round pick in 2014.

Dec. 29

– Charlottetown sends G Antoine Bibeau and an eighth-round pick in 2015 to Val-d’Or for first-, third- and fourth-round picks in 2014. The third-round pick originally belonged to Blainville-Boisbriand.

– Charlottetown sends a first- and two fourth-round picks in 2014 to Acadie-Bathurst for G Mason McDonald. The first-round pick originally belonged to Rimouski while one of the fourths was Baie-Comeau’s.

Jan. 2

– Charlottetown sends an eight-round pick in 2014 to Halifax for F Liam Alcalde. The pick originally belonged to Acadie-Bathurst.

 – Charlottetown sends F Matej Beran to Sherbrooke for Samuel Jutras.

 

Jan. 7

– Charlottetown returns Victoriaville’s first-round pick in 2016 for D Luc Deschenes.

 

 

A look at the Charlottetown Islanders by their birth year:

1997

D Luc Deschenes

F Daniel Sprong

1996

F Bradley Kennedy

F Kameron Kielly

F Alexandre Goulet

F Alexis Pépin

F Nathan Yetman

D Kevin Laliberte

G Mason McDonald

1995

F Liam Alcalde

F Zach Beaton

D Guillaume Rioux-Legault

D Ryan Graves

G Eric Brassard

1994

F Spencer Cobbold

F Craig MacLauchlan

D Mike DiPaolo

D Anthony Cortese

1993

F Jack Nevins

D Troy Vance

 

Geographic location: Victoriaville, Fredericton, Sydney

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