Islanders defenceman Joseph highlights Team QMJHL roster

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Today the QMJHL announced the team that will take on Team Russia during their leg of the CIBC Canada-Russia series, and it will contain a blend of veteran skill and young talent.

Charlottetown Islanders captain Pierre-Olivier Joseph was among the 24 players enlisted to represent the Quebec League. He’ll join his head coach and GM Jim Hulton as the two representatives from the Islanders organization.

For Joseph, it’s an attribute to the work he’s put in since entering the league.“It’s nice, I mean there are a lot of great players in the league, and it shows what I’ve done in the past few years so I’m really happy.” he said following Thursday’s 3-2 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs.

He won’t be the first in the family to be a part of the event, as his older brother and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Mathieu Joseph was a member of the team in both 2015 and 2016. PO says he’s already spoken to Mathieu about what comes with representing the QMJHL.

“Yeah he talked to me about everything I get to go through. I mean he’s already been through everything so it’s really easy for him to give me some pointers here and there.” said Joseph.

Overall, he’s excited to get out there and put on a show for the Charlottetown crowd. “I’m just gonna go there, have fun, and it’s a home game too so it’s gonna be extra special.”

Joseph and Hulton aren’t the only ones with ties to PEI. Former Charlottetown Islander Shawn Boudrias was also named to the team, and Summerside native Noah Dobson will join Joseph on the blueline.

A few players will be returning to the team from last year, including Victoriaville Tigres forwards Maxime Comtois and Pascal Laberge, Sherbrooke Phoenix netminder Evan Fitzpatrick, and should they be returned from their respective NHL teams, forward Pierre-Luc Dubois and Samuel Girard.

The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and Halifax Mooseheads lead the pack, sending four players to the series each. The Mooseheads contingency will include 2018 NHL Draft top prospects Jared McIsaac and Benoit-Olivier Groulx.

They, along with Dobson and Veleno, present a stark contrast to the teams that the OHL and WHL will each be sending. Both teams have opted for veteran lineups. The WHL will feature a slew of first round NHL picks and zero draft-eligible players, while the OHL will send just two.

For the Q, Joseph is the only first-round NHL draft pick of the bunch. Ask this same question next year and that will likely change.

Team QMJHL:

Goaltenders:
Evan Fitzpatrick (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)

Defencemen:
Simon Benoit (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Jocktan Chainey (Halifax Mooseheads)
Antoine Crête-Belzile (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Samuel Girard (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Zachary Lauzon (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Jared McIsaac (Halifax Moosheads)
Pierre-Olivier Joseph (Charlottetown Islanders)

Forwards:
Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Drake Batherson (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Shawn Boudrias (Gatineau Olympiques)
Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres)
Mike Cyr (Moncton Wildcats)
Pierre-Luc Dubois (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Arnaud Durandeau (Halifax Moosheads)
Nicolas Guay (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Rafaël Harvey-Pinard (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Pascal Laberge (Victoriaville Tigres)
Antoine Morand (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Benoit-Olivier Groulx (Halifax Moosheads)
Joel Teasdale (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Joe Veleno (Saint John Sea Dogs)

italics indicate player is currently in NHL.

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