so basically im just gunna quickly go over the B.C. Division and what we should expect from it.
1. Kelowna Rockets
3. Prince George Cougars *
4. Kamloops Blazers
5. Victoria Royals
from what i've gathered, the Kelowna Rockets are set to take the B.C. division over Vancouver by a slim margin. Kelowna just has a bit more firepower than the Giants, when it comes to Offense, NYR prospect Shane McColgan leads the way, along with Cody Chikie and Coton Scissons. Scissons is expected to have a breakout year this season playing alongside a great offensive talent in McColgan. on the blue line,you have Kevin Smith and Mitchell Chapman providing Kelowna with a steady defense. let us not forget that both goalies, Adam Brown and Jordan Cooke are returning for the year. Brown has an outstanding 2.57 GAA with a 91.1 SV% last season and Cooke looks very promising to fight for the #1 spot.
In the 2nd spot I have the Vancouver Giants. With NHL quality coaching from Don Hay, Giants forwards like Brendan Gallagher, Marek Tvrdon and James Henry should gain a lot of experience and composure from the veteran coach. not to mention the impressive secondary scoring from guys like Teal Burns and Cain Franson. on the blue line the Giants are extremely solid, with veterans Neil Manning, Wes Vannhieuwenhuizen and David Musil, along with returning D-men Zack Hodder and Luke Fenske, the Giants look very strong. Goaltending is the gambler in the Giants lineup, with 18 year old Brendan Jensen taking over the starting job for the 1st time in his WHL career. he only has 36 games under his belt so it may be a learning curve for Jensen.
3rd spot, I have the Prince George Cougars. Now that * beside the name means, this is where they should end up if they have Brett Connolly for the season. Connolly is a huge part of this team and needs him to have huge success this season. If they don't have Connolly returning, look for guys like 17 year old Troy Bourke and Charles Inglis to really have to step up their game offensively. remember, Connolly posted 46 goals in just 59 games last year, those are big shoes to fill for anyone on the Cougars. With the loss of Offensive D-Man Sean Acolatse, P.G. is looking to Martin Marincin to step up to play the role of Acolatse. the Slovakian had a great year last season and has much room for improvement. adding experienced goalie Drew Owsley gives some reliability between the pipes, Owsley is a true vet and has a lot of playoff experience.
in 4th we have the Kamloops Blazers. Kamloops had a dissapointing season in 10-11, finishing last in the division with a 29-37-3-3 record. this year Kamloops has a bit more to work with offensively with young gun Matt Needham, who at just 15, had 7 points in 13 games last year. the 16 year old is looking to claim a spot in the top 6 and break out. Needham's supporting cast consists of Flyers prospect Brendan Ranford, who had 33G 53A and 86P in just 68 games. look for Colin Smith and Dylan Willick to chip in offensively as well. WHL veteran Bronson Maschmeyer returns for one final go with the Blazers, he provides a solid reliable defender to the roster. To help him on the power-play, the Blazers aquired Czech native Marek Hrbas from Edmonton to work the umbrella more successfully and improve their 11th ranked P.P. from last year. between the pipes you got Cam Lanigan, a 19 year old Alberta native who brings experience to the team. Lanigan tries to play like a Marc-Andre Fleury or Carey Price style of game.
and in 5th we have my hometown boys, the Victoria Royals. losing 2 of your top 3 scorers really hurts the depth of your team. with 51 goal scorer Ryan Howse and his winger Roman Horak leavin the dub, it's up for Sabres prospect Kevin Sundher, Czech native Robin Soudek and 17 year old Brandon Magee to carry the first line duties. however they have a great supporting cast in Jamie Crooks, Steven Hodges, Logan Nelson and 16 year old Taylor Crunk. Defensively the Royals lack a bit of star power. you have veteran and captain Hayden Rintoul, who provides some steady defense and leadership on the back end, along with a Hurricanes 6th rounder Tyler Stahl and Zach Habscheid. besides that, the Royals really lack defensive depth, which could be their downfall. In goal you got ex-Portland backup Keith Hamilton, who has showed promise in the first few games of the year and Braden Gamble, a reliable back-up. Don't be suprised if you see rookie Jared Rathjen start a few games this year as well.
so that's it, your B.C. division wrap-up, leave a post responding with what you think should be put differently or if you agree. Have a good day guys. -Bennett