Islanders acquire Braeden Virtue from Olympiques

Following the acquisition of Patrick Guay from the Sherbrooke Phoenix, the Charlottetown Islanders weren’t finished making moves on Sunday. Head coach and general manager Jim Hulton announced that the team has acquired defenseman Braeden Virtue from the Gatineau Olympiques in exchange for a 2021 5th round pick, originally belonging to Baie-Comeau.

Virtue is a 19-year-old veteran defender originally from Hartford, Connecticut. The 6’1 defender has played in nine games thus far in 2020-2021, recording one assist and a +2 rating. In 133 career games split between the Olympiques and the Quebec Remparts, Virtue has recorded three goals and 20 points, along with 158 penalty minutes.

Virtue was originally selected in the eighth round, 135th overall, by the Remparts in the 2017 QMJHL Draft.

“Braeden is an experienced, right-shot, mobile veteran defenseman,” said Hulton on his most recent acquisition. “When you start to build a team that hopefully has a long playoff run, history shows that you can never have enough insurance on defense. All the reports on Braeden say that he has strong character, is a really strong skater, and is strong in a shutdown role. These are the things we’re looking to tweak; we wanted to make sure our penalty kill improves and this gives us a lot of options.

The 5th round pick heading to Gatineau was originally acquired as part of the Patrick Guay trade made earlier today.

The Islanders would like to welcome Braeden Virtue to Charlottetown and look forward to seeing him soon!

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