Islanders select 14 players at 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft


The Charlottetown Islanders selected 14 players today at the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft in Sherbrooke, Que.

A total of eight forwards, five defencemen and one goaltender were drafted by the Islanders.

The Islanders owned the fifth overall pick coming into the draft. Prior to making a selection, the Islanders traded the pick to the Val-d’Or Foreurs for the 13th overall pick and a first-round pick in 2016.

With the 13th overall pick, the Islanders selected 15-year-old forward Shawn Boudrias of the College Esther-Blondin Phenix of the QMAAA. The Terrebonne, Que., native scored 10 goals and 15 points in 40 games. Boudrias will turn 16 when the season begins.

The Islanders were without second- and third-round picks coming into the draft but that was changed with two separate deals.

In the first trade, the Islanders traded their fifth-round, 87th overall pick, along with a second-round pick in 2016 to Rouyn-Noranda for the 37th overall pick.

Charlottetown used the pick to select goaltender Matthew Welsh, 15, from the Halifax Macs of the NSMMHL. Welsh, currently 15, posted a 13-4 (won-lost) record with a 3.36 goals against average and a 0.903 save percentage.

In the the third trade of the day, the Islanders acquired a third-round pick, 53rd overall from the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in exchange for a fourth-round pick (65th overall) and a fifth-round pick (76th overall).

The Islanders then selected 16-year-old forward Carl Gervais 53rd overall. Gervais played for the Laval-Montreal Rousseau Royal. No stats can be found for the 2014-15 season.

After not making a selection in the fourth round, the Islanders selected defecneman Pierre-Olivier Joseph, 15, with their fifth round pick, 78th overall. Joseph is the younger brother of Saint John Sea Dogs forward Mathieu Joseph. Pierre-Olivier scored three goals and 11 points in 42 games with College Antoine-Girourard of the QMAAA.

In the sixth round, the Islanders selected forward Matthew Grouchy 101st overall. The 16-year-old native of Labrador City, N.L., spent the past season with the CIHA Voyageurs of the OEMMHL scoring 13 goals and 36 points in 28 games.

Charlottetown then selected defenceman Dominic Reid, 16, in the seventh round with the 132nd overall pick. Reid, 16, scored four goals and nine points in 27 games with the Ontario Hockey Academy Under-15 major midget.

In the eighth round, Charlottetown selected forward Ian Drysdale with the 132nd overall pick. Drysdale, 16, a native of Halifax, N.S., skated with Rothesay Netherwood scoring six goals and 20 points in 50 games.

With a second pick in the eighth round, the Islanders selected 17-year-old defenceman Andrew Murphy, also from Rothesay Netherwood. The Mount Pearl, N.L., native scored six goals and 24 points in 52 games with Rothesay Netherwood.

Fast forward to the 11th round where Charlottetown had its next pick. Days Corner, P.E.I., native Jack Desroches was Charlottetown’s 182nd overall selection. The 15-year-old defenceman picked up one assist in 31 games with the Kensington Wild of the the NBPEIMMHL.

While still in the 11th round, the Islanders selected forward Johnny Foley 191st overall. Foley, 17, played with the Newbridge Academy Gladiators of the NSMMHL scoring 18 goals and 34 points in 32 games.

In the 12th round, 200th overall, the Islanders selected forward Zach Thususka from the Kensington Wild. The 16-year-old, Summerside, P.E.I., native scored four goals and six points in 33 games with the Wild.

Also in the 12th round, Charlottetown used the 209th overall selection on forward Elio Di Meo, 17, from Laval-Montreal Royal. The Montreal, Que., native scored seven goals and 16 points in 42 games with Laval-Montreal.

In the 13th round, 227th overall, Charlottetown selected Braintree, Mass., native Ian Murphy from the Loch Blazers Under-16. Murphy is a forward and latest statistics show he scored two goals and five points in 19 games with Boston College High of the USHS.

Charlottetown’s final selection was made in the 14th round, 245th overall on Dennis Cesana. The 17-year-old, North Providence, R.I., defenceman scored three goals and 17 points in 31 games with the Kimball Union Academy.