A look at a few interesting picks by the Islanders

Jason Malloy jmalloy@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on May 31, 2014
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The Charlottetown Islanders added a number of players it targeted at Saturday’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft.

The Islanders selected seven players ranked in the first four rounds by central scouting, but a couple of key picks could determine how successful the draft was.

Keith Getson, a winger from Bridgewater, N.S., was rated to go in the second round, but the slid to Islanders in the third round (48th overall).

General manager Grant Sonier said Getson was ranked second in the Maritimes in bantam.

“The first words out of my mouth to him were, ‘Don’t worry about where you got drafted. Now you have an opportunity to prove a lot of people wrong,’” Sonier said. “He’s got a lot of talent. . . If he meets his potential we’re going to be incredibly happy with him.”

Getson, who was a point-per-game player with South Shore in Nova Scotia’s major midget league, knows Islanders’ top pick Mitchell Balmas.

Teams stayed away from Ryan Brushett, a Lac St-Louis centre with first-round talent, due to concerns he is planning on going the NCAA route.

Charlottetown used a sixth-round pick (97 overall) to draft Brushett.

“We took the gamble that there might be a chance he comes. If he comes, he will be the steal of the draft,” Sonier said. “We think there’s a real chance that this kid could come and play.”

Brushett has not committed to a college.

Three more key picks were the selections of Americans Frank Sullivan, Hunter Luhmann and Ace Cowans. Sullivan is a defenceman while the other two are forwards.

Each QMJHL team must select two Americans players annually, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to report.

“There’s possibility for all three of our Americans (coming),” Sonier said. “Frankie Sullivan, we’re really excited about. He’s a guy that’s been on our radar for a long time.”

3. Keith Getson, F, South Shore (48 overall)

Size, hometown – Six feet, 179 pounds, Yarmouth, N.S.

Birth year – 1998

Sonier says – “Keith Getson, we believe, might be one of the biggest steals in the draft."

GP      G      A    Pts

29      18     10   28

4. Frank Sullivan, D, Westminster, CT (73 overall)

Size, hometown – Six foot, 187 pounds, Fairfield, Ct.

Birth year – 1996

Sonier says – Smooth skating, puck-moving American defenceman  who has not committed to a college. “We have to convince him to come here now because he’s got NCAA schools coming after him.”

GP      G      A    Pts

25      4      10    14

6. Ryan Brushett, F, Lac St-Louis (97 overall)

Size, hometown – Five-foot-11, 168 pounds, Verdun, Que.

Birth year – 1998

Sonier says – Rated by Central Scouting as a first-round talent, teams stayed away from him because he may pursue NCAA hockey. "We took the gamble that there might be a chance to come. If he comes, he will be the steal of the draft.”

GP      G      A    Pts

42      14     15   29

10. Hunter Luhmann, F, Proctor Academy (169 overall)

Size, hometown – Five-foot-10, 196 pounds, New London, N.H.

Birth year – 1997

Sonier says – An American the Islanders identified high on their list. “There’s a possibility of him coming."

GP      G      A    Pts

30      19    18    37

14. Ace Cowans, F, Groton (241 overall)

Size, hometown – Five-foot-seven,150 pounds, Beverly, MA

Birth year – 1996

Sonier says –

GP      G      A    Pts