Adam Marsh leaves Islanders
Late last night, it was announced that Charlottetown Islanders forward Adam Marsh would be leaving the team to deal with “personal issues”
The 20 year-old Chicago native has been having a productive season with the Islanders, netting six goals and fifteen points in nineteen games. He’s currently the team’s highest scoring forward.
In a statement made to the Guardian, Islanders president of operations Craig Foster didn’t indicate how long Marsh would be away from the team for.
“We’re just kind of taking it day by day. We’re just trying to make sure he has the support he needs,” Foster said. “When he’s ready to play, he’ll be back.”
The Islanders will now look to fill the void left by the high-scoring overage forward. Luckily, they have options.
The team could look to bring back a released player such as Will Bower. The centre could easily slide in to his third line role again, allowing Nikita Alexandrov or Sullivan Sparkes to move into Marsh’s place alongside Gregor MacLeod and Sam Meisenheimer.
Or, the team could look to make a trade to acquire an overage player with a weaker team. There are a handful of overperforming overagers on teams lower than the Islanders in the standings.
One team to watch in particular is the Shawinigan Cataractes. They’re carrying four overagers on their roster, but only three can dress at a time. Right winger Cameron Askew had frequently been a healthy scratch, but has taken off with six points in five games in November. Moving either he or left-winger Samuel Blier (11 points in 13 games) would be a great fit for a team who just lost an overage winger.
The Islanders head to Moncton on Saturday to battle the Moncton Wildcats. It remains to be seen whether or not a move will be made in the meantime to address this hole or whether they’ll fill Marsh’s position internally.