In and out with Is­lan­ders

Chalpik back, Char­lot­te­town team re­as­signs play­ers to ju­nior A teams

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JA­SON MAL­LOY

The Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders are get­ting closer to hav­ing its full ros­ter avail­able.

Filip Ch­lapik re­turned Sun­day from Europe af­ter play­ing in the world ju­nior hockey tour­na­ment while Kameron Kielly is ex­pected to play this week­end for the first time since suf­fer­ing an up­per-body in­jury Nov. 14 against Acadie-Bathurst.

The Is­lan­ders have 13 for­wards, seven de­fence­men and two goalies healthy while Dex­ter We­ber is re­hab­bing an up­per­body in­jury sus­tained ear­lier this month.

De­fence­men David Comeau and Alex McQuaid re­cently cleared waivers and were as­signed to St. Stephen and Sum­mer­side, re­spec­tively, of the Mar­itime Ju­nior Hockey League. McQuaid is side­lined with a bro­ken bone in his foot af­ter tak­ing a puck off his skate in prac­tice in late De­cem­ber.

Comeau broke camp as one of the Is­lan­ders de­fence­man, but later in the sea­son had saw time as a winger as the Isles tried to get a bet­ter mix be­tween lef­t­and right-handed shots.

“We need him to go back and play,” gen­eral man­ager Grant Sonier said. “We weren’t go­ing to be able to find him any min­utes here. He has to con­tinue to im­prove and get bet­ter.”

For­wards Chris Chad­dock and Ja­cob Drobczyk both cleared waivers while Johnny Fo­ley was re­as­signed to Truro of the Mar­itime ju­nior league. Chad­dock was traded by St. Stephen to Brockville of the Cen­tral Canada Hockey League while Drobczyk went to the Toronto Pa­tri­ots of the On­tario Ju­nior Hockey League.

Comeau, McQuaid and Fo­ley are all af­fil­i­ate play­ers.

“It’s a tough time for some of th­ese kids to be let go,” Sonier said, but “We made some moves to im­prove our hockey club.”

For­ward Quinn O’Brien went home and had wrist surgery and is wait­ing to have surgery on his hip. He will not be back to play this sea­son.

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