The Vees made it official Monday, as they’ve signed defenseman Clint Filbrandt to their 22-man roster. The 18 year-old made his debut on Saturday in Salmon Arm, in the Vees 4-2 setback. Filbrandt met the team at the rink on Saturday and without a practice or formal introduction played very well, I thought.
Filbrandt comes from the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he was most recently with the Kootenay Ice. The Calgary, AB product appeared in nine games this season with the Ice before making his way to Penticton. There was a log-jam on the Ice blue-line and Filbrandt was looking for a spot where he would get more ice-time. The Vees were in need of a defenseman with Blake Butzow still out recovering from Meningitis; a perfect fit for both parties. The Vees are also missing three defenseman due to Team Canada West selection camp in Calgary, and could very well be missing all three once that tournament starts on November 4th. Filbrandt will have every opportunity to become a regular fixture on the back-end.
To be honest, I don’t know much about Filbrandt, as I only have one game to go off of, but he looked solid in his debut. Remember, he had to drive six hours from the Kootenays to Salmon Arm. It was out of the car, a quick meet and greet with his new teammates and then on the ice for warm-up; not easy. From what I saw, he positions himself well in his own zone, was light on his feet and makes good reads on both sides of the puck. There were a few instances where he used his stick to breakup a rush or knock down a pass, and he consistently made a good first pass. Filbrandt has decent size too, standing at 6′ and checking in at a buck eighty. I don’t see him putting up a lot of points but that’s not what he’s here for. He’s a guy who’s going to give you an honest effort at both ends of the ice and be able to chew up minutes. Filbrandt will wear number 17 but Vees fans will have to wait until November 16th to see him in person.