Charlottetown Islanders head coach and general manager Jim Hulton announced a major trade today, acquiring centre Patrick Guay and a 2021 5th round pick (originally belonging to Baie-Comeau) from the Sherbrooke Phoenix in exchange for centre Justin Gill, a 2022 1st round pick, and a 2023 1st round pick.
Guay comes to the Islanders as a highly-regarded young player with a bright future. The 18-year-old from Magog, Quebec was selected 5th overall by the Phoenix in the 2018 QMJHL Draft. In 114 games to this point in his career, Guay has already recorded 41 goals and 39 assists for 80 points. His career best came last year as a 17-year-old, when he recorded 21 goals and 40 points in just 54 games. This season, Guay has appeared in all five games played by the Phoenix, leading the team with two goals and four points.
The 5’9 centre is the second player the Isles have acquired from Sherbrooke this trading period, having acquired Bailey Peach in a separate deal prior to Christmas.
“Patrick is a guy that we’ve valued for a long time, dating back to his draft year,” said Hulton on the acquisition of Guay. “We had extensive interviews and homework on him, and had Lukas Cormier not been on the board when we picked, we would have picked Patrick.”
When asked to describe Guay as a player, Hulton used the term ‘bona fide #1 centre.”
“We view him as an elite offensive centreman. The fact that he’s only 18 years old and we’ll have him for two, hopefully three years was too good of an offer to pass up.”
The Guay name is well-known in the Quebec hockey scene. Patrick’s brother Nicolas is a former QMJHL star who wrapped up a sterling career last season, recording 109 goals and 240 points in 266 career games. Their sister Alexie Guay currently plays NCAA Division 1 hockey for Boston College and has represented Hockey Canada on the international stage multiple times. And their father, François, is a former captain for the now-defunct Laval Titan who enjoyed a successful pro career that included a stint in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres during the 1989-1990 season.
Gill was drafted in the second round, 32nd overall by the Islanders in the 2019 QMJHL Draft. In 64 career games in Charlottetown, Gill has recorded eight goals and 22 points, including 10 points in 14 games this season.
“It’s an enormous price to pay, but in order to get quality players the price will always be expensive,” explained Hulton. “Justin is a good player, and as we told him he’s headed towards being a very good player. He’s a kid who has continued to improve and has a wealth of potential. He’s going to be one of the better power forwards in the league when he hits 19 and maturation.”
The Charlottetown Islanders would like to welcome Patrick Guay to the organization, and wish Justin Gill all the best in his career going forward!