Islanders acquire Desjardins from the Wildcats

Islanders

The Charlottetown Islanders completed a trade to upgrade their defence today, acquiring 20-year-old Olivier Desjardins from the Moncton Wildcats in exchange for a seventh round pick in 2019.

The six-foot-two defender is in his fourth season in the QMJHL, which have been split between the Val-d’Or Foreurs, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, and the Wildcats. In 203 career games, he’s scored eight goals and 49 points.

The move now gives the Islanders four overage players on their roster. They are only permitted to dress three in a given game, as per the CHL rules. That means one of Will Bower, Adam Marsh, and Pascal Aquin will have to either sit or be dealt.

Given that Marsh is leading the team in points, I doubt it will be him. Aquin recently returned from suspension and has assumed a top six role alongside Matthew Grouchy and Keith Getson, so it looks as if he’ll be leaned on to contribute.

That leaves Bower as the odd man out. He’s played in a bottom six role to begin the season and has just one goal to his name. He sat out last night’s game with no explanation as to why.

There is the possibility that he is injured. I recently heard rumours that he’s suffered a concussion, and there may be evidence to substantiate that. I wasn’t at the game on Wednesday in Cape Breton against the Screaming Eagles, so I checked out the play-by-play provided on the QMJHL website.

The last play that Bower was involved in was a faceoff win late in the second on the penalty kill. Bower is one of the team’s best men in the faceoff dot, so it’s suspicious that he didn’t take a single faceoff in the entire third period. If Bower is injured, Desjardins can be inserted in to the lineup with no issues, until Bower returns. It’ll be interesting to see how the team handles this overage situation.

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