Islanders acquire Oliver Cooper from Saint John

Jason Malloy
Published on May 30, 2014

The Charlottetown Islanders have traded two first-round picks for Oliver Cooper.

The deal with the Saint John Sea Dogs was announced late Friday morning after the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League trade period opened.

“I’m really excited about going to Charlottetown,” Cooper told The Guardian. “They have a good group of guys there. I think they’re set up pretty nicely for the next couple of years.”

Cooper, 19, is a six-foot-three, 197-pound left-winger. The Fredericton native scored 28 goals and had 29 assists for 57 points in 68 games last season. He also had 105 penalty minutes.

The price to acquire Cooper, who has two years of junior eligibility left, was first-round picks in 2014 (15th overall) and 2016.

“People might suggest we paid a lot for him, I’m going to suggest otherwise," Islanders general manger Grant Sonier said. "To go through the league and find six-foot-three, 30-goal scorers that have character, it’s a very short list.”