August 07, 2019
The Charlottetown Islanders have acquired defenseman Oscar Plandowksi from the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick and 2022 second-round pick.
"We're very excited to add a player of Oscar's ilk to the lineup," said Islanders head coach and general manager Jim Hulton on the move. "He's a guy that we think is easily one of the top '03-born defensemen in the league. To put him alongside Lukas Cormier for the foreseeable future is a big win for us."
Plandowski is a 16-year old right shooting defenseman originally born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was selected by the Sagueneens with the 18th overall selection of the 2019 QMJHL Draft. He was originally rated 13th overall by QMJHL Central Scouting prior to the draft, and was ranked fourth-highest among all defenders.
Hulton said the Islanders coveted Plandowski at the draft; however, he was selected before the Islanders' first pick at 31st overall.
"Oscar was a big player of interest for us heading in to the draft. We were a destination of interest for him, so [Chicoutimi general manager] Yanick Jean and I were able to come to an agreement on a deal." added Hulton.
The 6'1 defender spent last season with the South Kent Selects Hockey Academy Under-15 team, where he was teammates with Islanders draftee Ryan Greene. Plandowski led all defenders on his team with 8 goals and 45 assists for 53 points in just 48 games. He represented Nova Scotia twice this past season; first at the Canada Winter Games, where he recorded four points in six games, and again at the Gatorade Excellence Challenge, finishing sixth among all defensemen with three points in five games.
"I'm really happy to be joining the Islanders," said Plandowski on the news of the trade. "I've heard great things about the organization; I'm looking forward to seeing it for myself."
Plandowski was described by QMJHL Central Scouting as one of the smoothest skaters in this past draft, noting that his mobility, combined with great hockey sense, allows him to be reliable in all areas of the ice.
"He has terrific feet. His skating ability, mobility-wise, is the first thing that stands out as soon as you watch him play." explained Hulton. "He's a 6'1 kid that a frame that will fill out as he gets older. He's a right shot D, which is a hot commodity as a defenseman."
"We think he fits in to that mold as a modern day, mobile transition defenseman that everyone is looking for."
"I see myself as a two-way defenseman," added Plandowski. "I can make a good first pass, but I also like to join the rush and make offense happen."
Plandowski comes from a strong hockey family; his father, Darryl, is the Head Amateur Scout for the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning, while his mother Jill is a highly-regarded power skating coach, working with some of the top NHL prospects the Maritimes has to offer.
Oscar will join his new teammates at the 2019 Charlottetown Islanders Training Camp, beginning on Friday, August 16th at the APM Centre in Cornwall. Stay tuned for more details surrounding the camp and how you can get the first glimpses of your 2019-2020 Charlottetown Islanders!
COURTESY: Aidan Northcutt - Charlottetown Islanders