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The Charlottetown Islanders have added another Island player to their roster.
The team has announced they completed a trade to pick up Charlottetown native Kameron Kielly.
Kielly is a former first-round pick, 18th overall in 2012 by the Gatineau Olympiques.
Kielly tweeted Sunday, “Dream come true to be able to play at home! Can’t wait to put on the Islanders jersey.”
General manager Grant Sonier said the team is also pleased with the deal.
“I want Islanders to understand the most important thing about this trade is that Kameron Kielly is a heck of a hockey player, regardless of where he is from,” said Sonier.
Sonier said it is a bonus for the hockey club that he is from Charlottetown.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say that, but this was a hockey deal done because we really like Kameron Kielly today and certainly love the upside that he has to play in the league for a long time.”
The Islanders traded defencemen Alex Chenier-Allard, a first-round pick in 2014 and a fourth-round choice in 2016 for Kielly, a fifth and eighth rounder in 2015.
Last season with the Olympiques the six-foot, 165-pound right winger had two goals and four assists in 60 regular season games. He also added one assist in the team's seven playoff games.
“We see Kameron as a complete type player when the development is all done," Sonier said. "He has offence, size, hockey sense and determination. Those are all the characteristics we want to build our hockey club around and he has all of those.”
The Islanders were busy on Monday, the final trading day before the pre-season trade period ended.
Along with the deal with Gatineau, they also traded blueliner Beau Rusk to Rimouski for an eight-round selection in the 2015 draft and sent Charles Lapointe to Drummondville for future considerations.
“All decisions were a result of fitting pieces into the overall picture that we think we need, as of today the trade freeze is on so the players remaining in camp will make up our roster from now until Christmas,” said Sonier.
The Islanders made seven deals during the last four days of the pre-season trading period, including trading overage forward Victor Provencher and picking up defenceman Julien Leduc from Blainville and Guillaume Rioux-Legault from Val d’Or.
“To get Leduc and Legault shores up our defence core. We expect the three players to be on the ice tomorrow (Tuesday.)”