When you think of the 2016/17 season and remember all the monumental moments that happened throughout, you’d start at the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft.
While the draft serves as a building block for many teams in the league through young talent, it can also be a place where big time deals are made.
The Islanders did just that at last year’s draft when General Manager Jim Hulton acquired 19-year-old defenceman Guillaume Brisebois from the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.
Throughout the off-season and into the season, the Islanders made several deals to better their hockey club. But the Brisebois deal was the first, and maybe the biggest.
Brisebois was the defenceman the Islanders were looking for. A puck carrying point man who added experience, leadership and could log plenty of minutes.
The former Titan captain was more than excited to be joining the Islanders after hearing of the trade.
“I knew the Islanders were a very good organization and that they were going to be a great team next season,” Brisebois said a few days after being dealt to the Islanders. “I was surprised but really happy.”
One Islander player was happy to see the addition of Brisebois as well.
Brisebois attended the Vancouver Canucks training camp to start the season. He made his season debut at the Eastlink Centre on October 2nd vs Halifax. He had one goal and one assist in a 9-2 Islanders win.
Brisebois had 18 points by Christmas.
February was his best month of the season. He scored two goals and added 14 assists in just 11 games.
In total, Brisebois scored 10 goals, added 37 assists for 47 points in 61 regular season games. It was his best season of his four years in the league:
- 2013/14 – 60GP, 3G, 16A, 19PTS w/ Acadie-Bathurst
- 2014/15 – 63GP, 4G, 24A, 28PTS w/ Acadie-Bathurst
- 2015/16 – 52GP, 10G, 16A, 26PTS w/ Acadie-Bathurst
- 2016/17 – 61GP, 10G, 37A, 47PTS
In the playoffs, Brisebois added 4 assists in 13 games.
While he logged big time minutes all season long as the top defenceman, Brisebois was also the team’s leader. He wore the ‘C’ on his jersey and served as the team’s representative.
He showed hard-work, determination and respect, while always playing at a high skill level.
Brisebois is signed by the Canucks and has a promising career ahead. No matter what happens, it was a treat watching Guillaume do his thing right here in Charlottetown for the 2016/17 season.
Written by Darcy Cudmore