Well the Vipers pulled off four seperate deals before and after the BCHL card deadline day. Last week the Vipers traded rookie forward Landon Robin to the Powell River Kings for future considerations. I saw this move coming a while back. Robin who was recruited by Vernon didnt do much most of the season showing with the Vipers. Robin who didnt stand out much at all in most of the Vipers games was pretty dissapointing after coming to Vernon as one of the big recruits over the summer. Robin is the second Viper recruit from the summer to be traded within the last week. Defenceman Kevin Guiltinan was traded to Prince George two weeks back for Liam Board. Maybe a change will do good for the rookie. The Kings sounded very excited to land the former Viper after trying to recruit Robin over the summer losing out in the bid to Vernon. All the best in Powell River Landon.
In the second deal of the week the Vipers traded first year forward Mitch Van Teeling back to the MJHL getting future considerations in return from the Dauphin Kings. Van Teeling who was aquired from Verdin back in early September was a pretty good 4th liner for the Vipers playing a steady roll with the club. Van Teeling didnt put up alot of points with Vernon but I thought was a good 4th liner and penalty killer. I was really surprised to see Van Teeling traded. Jason Williamson said in yesterdays paper that the Vipers couldnt turn down this trade, wich sounds to me the Vipers will be getting a player or players back next season from the Kings. I wish Mitch all the best in Dauphin.
In the third deal the Vipers have signed 20 yr old forward Andrew Tegeler who played this season with the University of Massachusetts. Not seeing alot of icetime over the last few seasons this deal has some question marks? Tegeler has some size and adds veteran experience as a twenty yr old but what will he bring to the Vipers? Will he be the skilled forward-goal scorer the Vipers are looking for? With the addition of Tegeler the Vipers now have four twenty yr olds (Brett Corkey, Pearce Eviston, Andrew Tegeler & Marc Hetnik). Tegeler is suppose to make his Vipers debut Friday night in West Kelowna. Im looking forward to seeing what he can do and bring to the Vernon roster.
And yesterday maybe the biggest deal of the week was the trade between the Vernon Vipers & long time rival Penticton Vees. The Vipers sent 18 yr old forward and local product Jedd Soleway to the Vees for 17 yr old forward Dexter Dancs. Soleway in his second season with the Vipers picked up (13-12-25) last season with Vernon was tied for 4th in team scoring with Liam Board picking up (5-11-16) so far this season. Soleway who has size has been up and down in two seasons with the Vipers but is hard to knock off the puck, adds size up front, isnt afraid to drop the gloves and plays hard. Soleway dosnt put up alot of points but is a big body that can make trouble for the other goaltender and opposition. Soleway isnt the quikest kid on the ice will add size up front to the Vees. I thought Jedd had a good start to the season but has slowed down as of late. I wish Jedd all the best with the Vees. In Dancs the Vipers are getting a second yr forward who has committed to Michigan for the 2014-15 season. In 15 games with the RBC Cup champion Penticton Vees last year Dancs picked up one assist. This season the 17 yr old forward has (2-3-5) in 24 games. Dancs has some size and hopefully can add some skill-speed to the Vipers lineup. I dont know alot about Dancs but wonder why the Vipers would make a trade with the Division leading Vees? Was this a trade they couldnt refuse? & why not try and get this trade done before the December 1st BCHL card deadline day. If Im correct this leaves the Vipers with just one trade remaining to use before the BCHL trade deadline in January. This is a deal that may help both teams, Its a little early to tell who got the better of this trade. Guess will have to see how both players do over the weekend and for the remainder of the season.
Here is a writeup on Dexter Dancs (College Hockey Prospectives)