Islanders top prospect Brett Budgell joins team


The Charlottetown Islanders added yet another forward ahead of the 2018 portion of the season.

Top prospect Brett Budgell has left the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League to join the Islanders. The announcement was made official today on the Charlottetown Islanders website.

Budgell was selected in the second round, 25th overall, in the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft. He had been rated 18th overall by QMJHL Central Scouting ahead of the draft.

Budgell attended the Charlottetown Islanders training camp in September, however left camp prior to the team’s first preseason camp to protect his NCAA eligibility. He joined the Steel, the team who held his USHL rights, shortly afterwards.

In 14 games this season, Budgell scored two goals and two assists. He was also a member of Team Canada’s Under-17 World Championship team this fall, failing to register a point in six games.

The St. John’s, Newfoundland native played his midget hockey in Ontario with the London Jr. Knights in 2016-2017. He led the team in goals with 25 and was second in points with 58, behind line mate and top pick in the 2017 OHL Entry Draft Ryan Suzuki.