Islanders send young defenceman back to midget hockey

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Andrew Smith is going back to midget.

Charlottetown Islanders general manager Grant Sonier said the six-foot-six, 208-pound blue-liner had a great camp, but felt playing midget was best for the 16-year-old’s development.

“He’s the real deal,” Sonier told The Guardian on Wednesday. “He made (the decision) very, very difficult.”

Smith was drafted in the second round on May 31 after playing with St-Eustache in Quebec.

“Thanks @IslandersHKY for this great two weeks,” he said on Twitter. “I will miss you.”

The Islanders now have eight defencemen in camp.

The list includes captain Ryan MacKinnon, veterans Guillaume Rioux-Legault and Dexter Weber as well as a trio of 1997-born blue-liners in David Henley, Luc Deschenes and Will Thompson ready for their second season in the league.

David Comeau and Lucas Sangster are looking to make the squad for the first season.

Goaltender Chase Marchand, 19, was claimed off waivers by the Victoriaville Tigres on Wednesday.

It leaves Mason McDonald and Daryl MacCallum as the remaining netminders.

The Islanders have 24 players in camp as it attempts to pare down the roster to 22.

There is still a decision to make regarding the final overage spot between Spenser Cobbold and Mike DiPaolo and another move to make on the defence.

Draft picks Mitchell Balmas, Samuel Guilbault and Keith Getson have all made the team as first-year forwards.

“We told the three of them together Monday they’re all staying,” Sonier said.

Street hockey jamboree

The Islanders will introduce its team on Saturday following its street hockey jamboree. The jamboree takes place on Kent Street between University Avenue and Prince Street from 8 a.m. until noon.

It is open to boys and girls 11 years and younger.

Each team will consist of four players and a goalie, which will be an Islanders player or coach.

Teams are guaranteed four games, rain or shine.

Participants are responsible for bringing their own equipment, including sneakers, hockey stick, gloves and helmet.

There are three age divisions (six and seven, eight and nine, 10 and 11) and the street will be divided into six ball hockey rinks.

Teams have until 5 p.m. on Friday to register.

Participants can fill out the registration form found at  www.charlottetownislanders.

com and email it to admin@ or fax it to 902-892-7350.

Anyone with questions can call the Islanders office at 902-892-7349.

Organizations: Islanders, The Guardian

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Quebec, Kent Street Prince Street

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