While Vernon Vipers captain Patrick McGillis and defenceman, Luke Juha are out of the Vipers lineup due to injuries the Vipers had to fill the void bringing in and signing forwards, Peter McMullen and Brendan Persley. With the BCHL card deadline looming (Thursday) the Vipers have to re-sign-add McGillis and Juha back to the Vipers roster wich ment two players had to be traded. The first trade came Sunday when the Vipers sent second year Viper forward, Marcus Basara, rookie forward, Connor Hartley and future considerations to the AJHL Okotoks Oilers for Oilers captain and leading scorer, Ben Gamache. Yesterday the Vipers then sent rookie forward, Alex Hagen to the Surrey Eagles for future considerations.
Im not surprised to see Alex Hagen shipped out for just future considerations. Hagen who looked good during the Vipers training camp and pre-season schedule never really followed through into the BCHL regular season. Hagen who scored lots during the pre-season didnt really stand out in the regular season. Hagen and Hartley are two Viper recruits that never lasted the full season. I was expecting alot more from Hagen, for a kid who has some wheels and at times some scoring touch Hagen just never really got his game going in a Viper uniform. Lets hope a move to Surrey will help Alex pick up his game and make him a better hockey player. All the best in Surrey Alex!
With the Vipers now back at a 21 man roster it will be interesting to see if Jason Williamson pulls off any more trades before Thursday's BCHL card deadline. Ive said it a few times now and I think the Vipers need to add-bring in atleast two veteran defenceman. Vernon has a young blueline and needs some veteran experience to bolster the teams backend. Will we see a move before Thursday? Only time will tell.