Islanders bolster forward group, acquire Askew and Gentile


The Charlottetown Islanders made a series of moves on New Year’s Eve to improve their forward group and generate more goals.

First, the Islanders traded forwards Matthew Grouchy and Gregor MacLeod to the Quebec Remparts in exchange for Derek Gentile and a 2019 third-round pick.

General Manager Jim Hulton wasn’t done there. He subsequently acquired overage forward Cameron Askew from the Shawinigan Cataractes in exchange for Quebec’s 2019 third-round pick acquired in the Gentile trade.

In Askew, the Islanders get a 6’4 veteran winger with a penchant for scoring goals. The Boston, MA native has registered 13 goals and 24 points in 32 games this season. In 296 career QMJHL games, Askew has 96 goals and 110 assists between the Cataractes, the Moncton Wildcats, and the Drummondville Voltigeurs. The Voltigeurs originally selected Askew in the first round, 11th overall, in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft.

Askew had become a frequent healthy scratch after the team brought in a fourth overager, Charlie Roy, who was subsequently suspended for 15 games early in the season for an on-ice incident. As per QMJHL rules, a team cannot play another overager in the place of a suspended player.

The 18 year-old Gentile is in the midst of his third season in Quebec. in 37 games this season, the 5’7 forward has notched 14 goals and 19 assists. In 157 QMJHL games, Gentile has registered 42 goals and 88 points.

The Sydney, Nova Scotia native had requested a trade from the Quebec Remparts, citing a desire to be closer to home. Interestingly, the Remparts reportedly rejected a trade offer from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles involving the Screaming Eagles sending Quebec a first- and second-round picks.