Islanders call up draft picks Griffin-Hefford, Murphy

Jason Malloy
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The Charlottetown Islanders have added a couple of new players to its roster.

Brady Griffin-Hefford and Andrew Murphy have joined the squad after their teams’ seasons recently ended.

“We’ll form our own little black aces group,” Islanders general manager Grant Sonier said. “It’s our job to make sure that we keep our depth ready to go, if need be.”

The Islanders have two games remaining in the regular season.

Sonier said if injuries or suspensions were to occur it would need players ready to step in and assume a role immediately.

Griffin-Hefford, an 18-year-old from Steady Brook, N.L., had nine goals and 12 assists in 24 games for the St. Stephen County Aces of the Maritime Junior Hockey League. He missed time with a broken wrist at the start of the season.

The Islanders drafted him in the 13th round of the 2014 draft.

Murphy, a 17-year-old defenceman from Mount Pearl, N.L., was an eighth-round pick in 2015. He played this year at Rothesay Netherwood in New Brunswick.

The additions bring the Islanders roster to 24, including two goalies, eight defencemen and 14 forwards.

Sonier said there are other players on the Islanders radar who are still playing with their own team while it was difficult to bring others up due to their schooling.

Organizations: Islanders, Maritime Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Steady Brook, Mount Pearl, New Brunswick

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