It was a busy news day around the BCHL Tuesday and the Penticton Vees were a part of it.
First, NHL Central Scouting released its September “Players to Watch” list for the 2016 NHL draft and Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost were identified as “A” prospects, which means they’re projected as first rounders. There was nine BCHL’ers identified as possible NHL picks but the seven others were rated as “C” prospects or mid to late round picks. The full story can be found HERE.
Pretty special for Fabbro and Jost to be ranked that high, as the BCHL hasn’t had a player ranked that high since, I believe, Beau Bennett was with the Vees in 2010. To put the ratings into perspective, the USHL has two “A” prospects this year but both are on the US National Development Team. So That’s pretty special billing for Fabbro and Jost.
The mighty CJHL came out with its first regular season addition of the Top 20 CJHL rankings and the Vees, despite winning five in a row and tied for first overall, were dropped from first to 12th. Because, the CJHL. The Vees are behind the Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League; they’re 11th. The CJHL also misspelled Wenatchee and Cobourg in their news story, so don’t get too busted up about the rankings. Complete list of rankings can be found HERE.
The BCHL announced it’s Player of the Week Tuesday, for the week ending September 27th and the honours went to Powell River’s Mitch Hawes. Tyson Jost (3-1-4) and Anthony Brodeur (GP 2 2-0 / .966 sv %) were given honourable mentions. The story can be found HERE.
And the Merritt Centennials, the Vees opponent on Friday, made a switch in the crease as well this week. Tuesday they announced they’ve signed Cole Kehler and released Anthony Pupplo. Kehler, 18, spent the last two seasons with the Kamloops Blazers in the WHL and before that played at the Okanagan Hockey Academy. Here’s their STORY.