The Charlottetown Islanders have traded for the Saint John Sea Dogs’ top scorer, The Guardian has learned.
The Islanders will send two first-round picks to Saint John for Oliver Cooper later this month. Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams are not allowed to announce deals until Friday, May 30. The draft takes place May 31 in Sherbrooke, Que.
Cooper had 28 goals, 29 assists and 105 penalty minutes in 68 games this season for a Sea Dogs team that finished second last in the league and scored 165 goals. Cooper's 57 points would have placed him second on the Islanders behind rookie Daniel Sprong's 68 points.
Cooper, 19, is a six-foot-three, 203-pound left-winger from Fredericton. He has played three seasons with the Sea Dogs and has two years of junior eligibility remaining.
The Islanders will send the 15th overall pick in this year’s draft to Saint John along with its own pick in 2016.
In this year’s draft, the Islanders still have the 12th selection in the first round and two picks in the second round. As previously reported by The Guardian, Charlottetown will send the 16th overall selection this year to Rimouski in return for overage defenceman Ryan MacKinnon of Summerside.