Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Vipers Trade For WHL Vet:
Vipers trade for WHL vet
by Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star
Aug 31, 2016
Austin Adamson brings grit, moxy and experience to the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL.
And more importantly he's healthy and ready to play.
The Snakes obtained the 20-year-old Richmond product in a Wednesday morning trade with the Chilliwack Chiefs, who owned Adamson's rights. The Vipers gave up future considerations.
Adamson, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound winger who may play centre for the injury-riddled Vipers, was released by the Portland Winterhawks due to an influx of 20-year-olds. The WHL teams are allowed to carry three overagers, while BCHL clubs may use six.
He wanted to play in an exhibition game Tuesday night in Penticton, but Ferner already had his lineup set and wants him to get established in Vernon and meet the players and coaching staff.
"We needed to add some older guys and he's played for (Brent) Sutter and Mark Lamb so he's got something going on," said Viper head coach/GM Mark Ferner. "He led the Winterhawks in fitness testing so he's a worker and skater. We're hoping he can be like a Dave Robinson type player. I know he can play right wing, but I'm hoping he can play centre. It will be nice to get a healthy body."
Veteran forwards Hunter Zandee, Nick Rasovic and Brett Stapley are on injured reserve and doubtful for the Vipers' first game of the regular season, Friday, Sept. 9 in Salmon Arm.
Rookie prospect F Chase Stephenson of Kelowna is also sidelined with a broken collarbone and is unavailable for least the first month of the season.
Adamson rang up 30 goals and 49 points in two Major Midget seasons with the Greater Vancouver Canadians. He compiled 8-12-20 in three seasons with the Saskatoon Blades, Red Deer Rebels (Sutter's team) and Swift Current Broncos (Lamb's team).
The Vipers go into tuesday's exhibition game against the Vees in Penticton with four goalies, a dozen defenceman and 18 forwards (14 healthy) in camp. They must trim the roster to 22 by Sept. 9.
Christian Cakebread, Steven Jandric, Jagger Williamson and Jimmy Lambert are veterans expected to play up front tonight, while Darren Rizzolo will be the lone returning d-man suiting up.
The Vipers dressed Williamson, Rasovic and Lambert at forward and second-year d-man Callum Volpe in Merritt Saturday night, losing 4-3.
New York 19-year-old bruising blueliner Cameron Kuhl, Rasovic and ‘99-born d-man Sol Seibel of Kamloops supplied the Viper goals at the Nicola Valley Arena.
Chase Bell, John Stein, Mark O’Shaughnessy and Henry Cleghorn handled the Merritt offence.
"Their lineup was a lot stronger" said Ferner. "They dressed nine of their forwards and three dee."
The Snakes released six players Monday, including local goalie Billy Cawthorn and forward Kaden Black, who both received solid props from the coaching staff. Ferner cited Black for a stellar showing in Merritt.
There Vipers vist the Silverbacks Friday and the teams play their final preseason tilts Saturday in Vernon (6 p.m., Kal Tire Place).