Sparkes Fly: Islanders add former OHLer


The Charlottetown Islanders acquired a former OHL talent prior to their game against the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday.

Sullivan Sparkes is a five-foot-11 centre from Waterloo, Ontario. He began the season with the Oshawa Generals and had been with the team since he was 16. Through 100 games with the Generals, Sparkes has seven goals and 17 points. He was originally drafted in the fifth round, 88th overall, in the 2015 OHL Entry Draft.

Although he hasn’t scored at a high pace to this point in his major junior career, Sparkes has a history of being a sharpshooter. In 2014-2015, Sparkes scored 31 goals and 63 points in just 33 games with the Waterloo Wolves of the Alliance Hockey Minor Midget Pavilion League (AHMMPL).

Only one player outscored Sparkes that year: Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki.

Sparkes has begun the season on the top line with Nikita Alexandrov and Matthew Grouchy. It remains to be seen whether or not this move pays immediate dividends for the Islanders. The team has been snakebitten this season, although they’ve fired lots of pucks on nets.

With Gregor MacLeod nursing a knee injury, they’ll look towards their new forward to provide a spark.