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Islanders holding rookie camp before returnees enter the fray

Forward Patrick LeBlanc is one of the players attending the first phase of the Charlottetown Islanders’ training camp, which begins Friday. LeBlanc was a third-round pick of the Isles in 2018 who returned to play major midget for the Moncton Flyers in 2018-19. He had four assists in nine games with the Isles as an affiliate player.
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Forward Patrick LeBlanc is one of the players attending the first phase of the Charlottetown Islanders’ training camp, which begins Friday. LeBlanc was a third-round pick of the Isles in 2018 who returned to play major midget for the Moncton Flyers in 2018-19. He had four assists in nine games with the Isles as an affiliate player. File - Jason Malloy
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

The Charlottetown Islanders are taking a different approach to training camp this season.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) team has two phases to camp with the first essentially being a rookie camp for about a week starting Friday before the returnees join the mix.

“Quite simply, it’s far too long of a training camp, in my opinion,” head coach and general manager Jim Hulton said Sunday. “We have eight exhibition games and that’s too many.”

Half of those exhibition games will be played in August, as mandated by the league, with the first being Sunday against the Saint John Sea Dogs in Quispamsis, N.B.

QMJHL teams are forced to make roster decisions early in order for Quebec students to get enrolled in CEGEP. The four August games allow the Isles to guarantee some hopefuls four games to show they can compete for a roster spot.

“There’s not a ton of spots open on this year’s team, but we expect a pretty healthy competition for the few spots that are open,” Hulton said.

Players report Thursday with some guys taking part in The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer parade the following day. Friday also includes fitness testing and the first on-ice session at the APM Centre in Cornwall at 6 p.m. There will be two intrasquad games Saturday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the APM Centre.

Hulton anticipates the returning players to start filtering in this week but sees them concentrating on building strength off the ice.

“We prefer them to continue to work out hard in the gym and then hit the ice later in the month.”

The rookie camp roster has 21 forwards, 12 defencemen and four goalies.

The list includes 13 of the Islanders’ 14 2019 draft picks, including second-rounders Jacob Goobie and Justin Gill, plus Swiss import Gaetan Jobin. Forward Ryan Greene, a fourth-rounder from Newfoundland and Labrador, had previously told the team he is heading back to Selects Academy prep school this season.

None of the Islanders’ American draft picks from the past three drafts are attending.

The training camp roster does include a pair of recent trade acquisition in 19-year-old defenceman Jack Tucker, who split time last year between Moncton and Acadie-Bathurst, and 16-year-old rookie Oscar Plandowski.

The Isles sent a fifth-round pick in 2021 to Acadie-Bathurst for Tucker while using a first in 2020 and a second in 2022 to land Plandowski, who was considering the NCAA route and slipped to Chicoutimi with the last pick of the first round.

The only returnee coming to the first leg of camp is 18-year-old goalie Isaak Pelletier, who went 2-1 with a 3.25 goals-against average while backing up Matthew Welsh during the second half of the 2018-19 season.

The roster includes nine free agent invites, including Islanders Landon Clow, a forward, and Lucas MacAulay, a defenceman. It also includes a pair of Goobie’s Halifax Macs teammates in forwards Cameron Brown and Justin Hardie. They along with forward Kurtis Lang and defenceman Malcolm Genge each bring size to the table, an area the Isles wanted to address in the off-season.

“Our philosophy has always been there’s no harm in looking, as long as these players were willing to play exhibition games,” Hulton said. “The invites are a chance for your area scouts to play a hunch on somebody they really like who may have slipped through the cracks.”


Roster

A look at the first wave of the Charlottetown Islanders’ training camp roster:

Player                        Size          Birth year      2018-19 team

Forwards

F Luke Akerman        5’8”, 140       2001             Tri-Pen Osprey (NL midget)

LW Sam Archibald     5’7”, 146       2003             Pictou County Weeks (NS midget)

C Ben Boyd               6’2”, 190       2003             Cole Harbour Wolfpack (NS midget)

C Cameron Brown     6’2”, 190      2001             Halifax Macs (NS midget)

RW Samuel Chabot  6’0”, 162       2003             Saint-Eustache Vikings (Quebec midget)

C Max Chisholm        6’0”, 168      2003             Charlottetown Pride (NB-PEI midget)

C Landon Clow         5’9”, 165      2002              Kensington Wild (NB-PEI midget)

LW Keiran Gallant     5’8”, 143     2002              Kensington Wild (NB-PEI midget)

C Massimo Gentile   5’7”, 151     2003              Lac St-Louis Lions (Quebec midget)

C Justin Gill              6’0”, 174     2003             Saint-Eustache Vikings (Quebec midget)

C Alex Graham        5’10”, 175    2003             Charlottetown Pride (NB-PEI midget)

LW Justin Hardie      6’5”, 200     2002             Halifax Macs (NS midget)

C Michael Horth       5’10”, 145   2003             College Charles-Lemoyne Riverains (Quebec midget)

C Gaetan Jobin       5’11”, 152    2001             Switzerland Gotteron (Swiss)

RW Nathan Kelly     5’10”, 167   2002              East Coast Blizzard (NL midget)

RW Daniel Kline      5’11”, 165    2003             Halifax Macs (NS midget)

RW Kurtis Lang       6’4”, 193     2001              Newbridge Academy (prep school)

LW Patrick LeBlanc  5’11”, 147  2002               Moncton Flyers (NB-PEI midget)

RW Charles-Olivier Nadeau       5’9”, 168   2001 Châteauguay Grenadiers (Quebec midget)

C Alex Power          6’0”, 176   2002                 St. Andrew’s College (prep school)

C Charles-Edward Tardif   5’9”, 175   2003       OHA Mavericks (prep)

Defence

Zachary Arsenault     5’10”, 167     2001                 Kensington Wild (NB-PEI midget)

Nicholas Bourque      5’11”, 161     2001                 Moncton Flyers (NB-PEI midget)

Malcolm Genge         6’2”, 225       2001                 Pictou County Crushers (Maritime junior A)

Anthony Hamel         5’10”, 174     2002                 Gatineau L'Intrépide (Quebec midget)

Lucas MacAulay        5’10”, 160     2000                 Grand Falls Rapids (Maritime junior A)

Nathan Martel           5’10”, 150     2001                  Granby Inouk (Quebec junior A)

Matt McQuaid               6’, 143       2003                 Kensington Wild (NB-PEI midget)

Oscar Plandowski      6’1”, 175       2003                 Selects Academy (prep.)

William Trudeau         5’11”, 174     2002                Saint-Hyacinthe Gaulouis (Quebec midget)

Jack Tucker                 6’2”, 172    2000                  Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)

Luke Vardy                  5’11”, 172   2003                 Dartmouth Steele Subaru (NS midget)

Dell Welton                    6’, 174      2002                Cape Breton West Islanders (NS midget)

Goalies

Chad Arsenault         5’6”, 160       2002           Kensington Wild (NB-PEI midget)

Nolan Boyd               5’10”, 180     2001           Grand Falls Rapids (Maritime junior A)

Jacob Goobie            5’9”, 167      2003           Halifax Macs (NS midget)

Isaak Pelletier           6’2”, 177       2001           Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)

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