Isles acquire overager Vanier

The Charlottetown Islanders have acquired overage defenceman Alexis Vanier from the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, it was announced today by General Manager Grant Sonier.

In return, the Islanders have sent a fifth-round pick in the 2016 QMJHL Draft – originally from Chicoutimi – to the Armada.

Vanier, who turned 20 in December, spent his first three seasons playing with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar before being traded to the Sherbrooke Phoenix. He was traded by the Phoenix to the Armada earlier this season.

He appeared in just one game for the Armada this year, being traded to Blainville on Dec. 29. In 193 career QMJHL games he has 22 goals and 53 assists for 75 points.

“He’s a 20-year-old that brings experience,” said Sonier. “He’s got a weapon from the point, he’s got a tremendous shot.” 

He is a prospect of the San Jose Sharks, having been drafted in the fourth round, 102nd overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

At six-foot-five and 227 pounds, Vanier will be a big physical presence on the Charlottetown blue line.

“He’s a mammoth of a man,” said Sonier. “He’s a big 6’05”, and when you see him on the ice he looks even bigger than he is. I thought adding some size and some experience on the back end is something our hockey team needs.”

QMJHL teams can only have three overage players on their roster, but the Islanders will not need to make any further adjustments as the trade comes days after Isles captain Quinn O’Brien broke his wrist.

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