Sunday, March 23, 2014

Trail Smoke Eaters - Graduating Players & Eligible Returnees:

With the 2013-14 BCHL regular season officially done, the four non-playoff teams, among others, are looking toward next season.

With future considerations from this season's trades potentially turning into players for next season, recruiting, and players moving on due to age or college commitments, there's no shortage of work to be done before the 2014-15 season starts in September at the 3rd Annual BCHL Showcase.

Granted these teams would rather be in the playoffs and have less time to prepare for next season, but they can take the opportunity to start building now.

I'll break down over the next four posts what Trail, Chilliwack, Salmon Arm and Cowichan Valley are looking at roster-wise heading into the off-season. These will likely change as players look to move to other leagues like the WHL, USHL, NAHL, are included in trades, retire, or wind up committing to post-secondary institutions before September and don't return to their BCHL clubs.

The depth chart is based on coaches going with a 22-man roster of 13 forwards, 7 defensemen and 2 goaltenders.

So let's start with the Trail Smoke Eaters.

Graduating Players
Scott Davidson (Quinnipiac University)
Dustin Nikkel (overage)

Eligible Returnees 
(* indicates an open spot - assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 7 defensemen)

Forwards
Mitch Ball (94)
Jesse Knowler (94)
Adam Wheeldon (94)
Bryan Basilico (95)
Jakson Elyniuk (95)
Jake Lucchini (95)
Dylan Mascarin (95)
Brandon Volpe (95)
Sheldon Brett (96)
Braedan Cross (96)
Greyson Reimeier (96)
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*

Defense
Nathan Browne (94)
Zane Schartz (94)
Joel Webb (95)
Dylan Bowen (95)
Sean Davies (95)
Riley Ostoforoff (95)
Taylor Armbruster (96)

Goal
Adam Todd (94)
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