Islanders moving up in first round

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The Charlottetown Islanders have resolved an impasse with the Gatineau Olympiques.

The Guardian has learned Charlottetown has traded the 12th pick in the first round to Gatineau for the seventh overall selection in Saturday’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft. Deals can’t be announced until the trade period opens on Friday at 11 a.m. Atlantic.

The trade will resolve a dispute regarding the Jan. 7 trade of Alexis Pépin to Gatineau.

The Islanders traded the second-year forward for Curtis Scales and first-round picks in 2014 (12th overall) and 2015. Gatineau agreed to send 18-year-old Czech winger Vaclav Karabacek to Charlottetown during the off-season in return for their 2015 pick.

A new Canadian Hockey League rule complicated the issue. It prohibits teams from trading import players for a year after they have been selected. It would have prevented Gatineau from making two picks in this year’s import draft.

Essentially, the Islanders return for Pépin will be Scales, the seventh pick in 2014 and a 2015 first-round pick.

Organizations: Islanders, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft, Canadian Hockey League

Geographic location: Gatineau, Charlottetown

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