More new faces arrive for hockey Islanders

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Henley, Lysenko, Avon, Scales on P.E.I. in time for tonight’s game against Cataractes

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There will be some new faces in the lineup tonight for the Charlottetown Islanders.

Blue-liners David Henley and Vladislav Lysenko were the first two players to arrive on Thursday while forwards Julien Avon and Curtis Scales arrived later in the day.

“Henley and Lysenko are here so people can expect them in the lineup tomorrow night,” general manager Grant Sonier said Thursday afternoon. “We’ll wait and see on Avon and Scales.”

The Islanders (16-21-1-4) host the Shawinigan Cataractes (10-27-3-2) at 7 p.m. at Eastlink Centre.

“They have a younger group, but they have a talented group,” coach Gordie Dwyer said. “We expect them to be a good challenge for us.”

Charlottetown lost 2-0 in Shawinigan in the final game before the Christmas break. The game was

scoreless going to the third period.

A couple of players to watch for the Cataractes are goalies Marvin Cupper and Storm Phaneuf as

well as centre Anthony Beauvillier.

Cupper played for Germany at the world junior tournament while Phaneuf was named the first star of last week. Beauvillier, who was taken second overall in last year’s QMJHL draft, has 14 points in 38 games this season.

Dwyer said his team will skate this morning and prepare for tonight’s game.

After a whirlwind of trade activity during the past three weeks, Dwyer said the Islanders are looking forward to getting everyone in town and on the same page.

After the recent deals, Troy Vance is the only Islander left wearing a letter.

Dwyer said they would let things play out before making an announcement on the leadership group.

“There’s a few guys that obviously we’ll count on for their leadership, their experience and what they bring to the rink everyday.”

Luc Deschenes took a shot just over the ankle in his first game as an Islander in Wednesday’s first period and played sparingly after that. X-rays came back negative Thursday and the 16-year-old defenceman is expected to play tonight.

The Islanders reassigned recently acquired defenceman Vincent Roy (Lac

St-Louis of the QMAAA) and forward Matthew Cusson (Lauchine Maroons in the QJAHL).

Sonier said it was nice to have a look at both players, but with the recent acquisitions they wouldn’t be playing every game in Charlottetown.

“We want them to go back to dominate at a lower level and prepare themselves for next year,” he said.

Roy will be out for about three weeks recovering from a concussion.

“We want him to get healthy first and then go back and dominate at the midget level again,” Sonier said.

“Matt came here after not playing a game in seven weeks due to a severe eye injury,” he said. “We like what we see. He’s got some offensive ability. He thinks the game really well.”

The Islanders want to see him get strong and improve his skating and could be an every day player down the road

The Islanders roster is set at 23 with 13 forwards, eight defencemen and two goalies. Defenceman Mike DiPaolo could see time as a forward in the coming days.

Malik Johnson played his first game with the Islanders on Wednesday and will be an affiliate

player.

Organizations: Islanders, Eastlink Centre

Geographic location: Scales, Charlottetown, P.E.I. Shawinigan Germany

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