Islanders release overager Bower


The Charlottetown Islanders announced today the release of 20-year-old centre Will Bower, answering the question that many fans had been asking following the trade for overage defenceman Olivier Desjardins.

To be compliant with the rules set out by the Canadian Hockey League, a major junior team can only dress a maximum of three overage players per game. That being said, it is my understanding that a team can keep an extra overager on their roster, so long as they aren’t in the lineup.

Bower was nursing a concussion prior to his release; it’s likely that he was ineligible to be released until he was deemed healthy by a team doctor. This season, Bower had scored just one goal in eight games prior to his injury.

The five-foot-10 Saint John native was originally drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 draft by the Moncton Wildcats. Bower was traded to the Islanders just prior to last season’s trade deadline for a fifth-round pick in 2017 and a sixth-round pick in 2019. Bower set a career high with 12 goals in 64 games combined last season between the Wildcats and Islanders.

In 207 career QMJHL games, Bower scored 30 goals and 43 assists for 73 points. He also added 3 goals and 16 points in 52 career playoff games.