Jacob Goobie and Sam Oliver are now part of a very good young core group of Voltigeurs.
Jim Hulton and the Charlottetown Islanders struck a massive deal trading Oliver and Goobie for veteran netminder Francesco Lapenna.
The move caught many off guard, but those close to the game realize that deals like this sometimes have to made.
A pure hockey trade is rare these days, but there’s no question the two former Islanders will flourish with the Volts.
At 18 years old Jacob Goobie has number one goaltender written all over him while Sam Oliver has all the makings of a solid Top 6 forward in the QMJHL.
There’s no question that two great hockey minds would pull off a trade like this. Philippe Boucher and Jim Hulton are arguably two of the most respected general managers in the entire QMJHL and CHL for that matter.
Trade partners are pretty unique in junior hockey, but this deal will help both hockey clubs.
The most important and unfortunate aspect in all of this or any deal is the personal side.
Goobie and Oliver were great Islanders and will no doubt be a key part of Boucher’s plan to build a champion in Drummondville.
One can look at all the stats and dissect those aspects of a deal, but there’s no question that this deal could in fact bring a championship to each city.
Goobie will join Riley Mercer to create an amazing one two punch between the pipes while Oliver joins an ultra-skilled fast skating forward group. Oliver’s ability to play a reliable two way game while providing secondary scoring will give the Volts much needed depth up front.
Present and the future, this hockey trade provides that and even more for both clubs.
Everyone in the hockey world looks back on certain trades as turning points in the careers of players involved and the organizations that swing them. This trade will be looked at for years to come by both organizations.
As the initial shock of the deal subsides both organizations will now focus on executing their plans moving forward.
Best of luck to all the players in their new surroundings, the best is yet to come.