The prevailing trend coming out of Saturday’s QMJHL Draft for the Charlottetown Islanders was size. That trend continued in to Monday at the 2019 QMJHL American Draft.
The two-round draft of American players born in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, now in it’s second year, has become a supplement to the Entry Draft as opposed to year’s past, where teams were expected to pick two American players as part of the Entry Draft.
This year, the Islanders selected a pair of forwards: centreman JP Turner was selected in the first round, 13th overall, while right winger Billy Norcross was selected 31st overall in the second round.
Turner spent this past season with the Avon Old Farms Winged Eagles in the US Prep circuit. The 5’11, 190-pound winger scored five goals and 13 points in 25 games this season. He’s been described as a big, strong power forward with a good set of hands. Turner is committed to the University of New Hampshire for the 2021-2022 season.
Norcross, meanwhile, has spent the past two seasons with the Cushing Academy Penguins. Already standing 6’1 despite having just turned 16, Norcross recorded seven points in 33 games this past season with the Penguins, where he was the third-youngest player on the team. Norcross does not have a college commitment as of this writing.
While the size Turner and Norcross certainly coincides with how the Islanders drafted on Saturday, head coach and general manager Jim Hulton says the players were identified as the best players available at that point in the draft.
“Our philosophy in today’s American draft was to acquire the most talented players on our list at our selection,” Hulton said. “Both players are highly-skilled players with bright futures.”
Join us in welcoming JP Turner and Billy Norcross to the Charlottetown Islanders organization!