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The Charlottetown Islanders have made a bold move, trading away three pillars of their franchise, including their captain and two former first-round picks.
Gone are captain Jack Nevins, defenceman Ryan Graves and forward Alexis Pépin.
The Islanders received five picks, including three first rounders, forwards Julien Avon and Curtis Scales as well as defencemen David Henley and Vladislav Lysenko.
“These our calculated moves. These aren’t just throwing darts up against a wall,” general manager Grant Sonier told The Guardian.
“I want the fans of P.E.I. to have faith in what we’re doing as well. I want them to believe,” he added.
“They’re going see a group of young kids that are going to put their heart and souls on the ice every night.”
That starts tonight when the Islanders (16-20-1-4) host the Halifax Mooseheads (25-15-0-1) at 7 p.m. at Eastlink Centre.
The Islanders also completed two other deals.