As the off-season trading period opened on Friday morning, the Charlottetown Islanders finalized a long-rumoured deal with the Drummondville Voltigeurs.
The Islanders would send Drummondville’s 2021 2nd-round pick to the Voltigeurs in exchange for forward Cédric Desruisseaux, essentially completing the Pierre-Olivier Joseph trade from the Christmas trading period.
“We are thrilled to add Cédric to our team,” said Islanders head coach and general manager Jim Hulton “His speed & offensive skills will be a great compliment to our current group.”
Desruisseaux is a three-year QMJHL veteran, having played 133 career games between Drummondville and Victoriaville. Last season, the 19-year old Victoriaville native scored 19 goals and 34 points in 59 games with the Voltigeurs. His career-bests came during the 2017-2018 season in Drummondville, where he scored 24 goals and 46 points in 64 games.
Desruisseaux was originally selected by the Victoriaville Tigres in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2016 QMJHL Draft. He says that he’s eager to return to the city where his major junior career officially began.
“In my draft year, the draft was in Charlottetown,” said Desruisseaux “Since that day, Charlottetown has always been a desired place to play by me. Now, having the opportunity to wear the Islanders logo is an honour that makes me extremely excited and proud.”
“Let the summer end so that I can meet my new teammates, the fans, the city, and everything around the team.”
“It was great to hear just how excited he is to come to PEI.” added Hulton.
Desruisseaux will meet some of his potential future teammates tomorrow at the 2019 QMJHL Draft. Follow along across all social media platforms on the exciting day as the Isles draft back-to-back in the 2nd round, 31st and 32nd overall!