Jason Malloy Published on June 04, 2016
General manager Jim Hulton said it was no secret they wanted to improve the defence.
“We think we’ve just acquired arguably one of the top-five defencemen in the league,” general manager Jim Hulton said of Brisebois.
In 56 games last season, Brisebois had 10 goals and 16 assists for the Titan. The six-foot-two, 175-pound blue-liner was a third-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 2015.
“We think with (Filip) Chalpik, with (Daniel) Sprong with all the other offensive names that we have, we’re in a position to be an elite team next team,” Hulton said. “We needed to have an elite defenceman and we got one.”
Brisebois is a big left-shot defenceman who is mobile and defends. The Islanders see even more offensive upside.
“We think he’s probably going to have the best year of his career.”
Barter right-shot defenceman, who had two goals and nine assists in 64 games between the Titan and Victoriaville.
“He’s a veteran presence, who is a defender first and foremost,” Hulton said. “He was a difficult player to play against.”
It was a big price to pay, but one helped by former GM Grant Sonier acquiring picks.
“You have to give to get and we certainly didn’t want to have to give up Luc Deschenes,” Hulton said.
The picks are the Islanders, but the team has Baie-Comeau’s second in 2017 and Val-d’Or’s first in 2018 from the David Henley trade.
The Islanders also traded Bradley Kennedy to Halifax for three picks. They received a sixth and a ninth this year and a fourth in 2017.
Kennedy, an Antigonish, N.S., native, played three seasons with Charlottetown. He had 25 goals and 31 assists in 64 games last season.