The BCHL offseason officially began today with a flurry of activity.
Ahead of the trade deadline last season, the Cents made a pair of trades for ‘future considerations’, today those considerations became players.
Joining Merritt from the Trail Smoke Eaters is 2002 born Walker Erickson. Erickson completes the trade which saw Matt Osadick join the Smokies mid-season.
Last season Erickson registered nine points (7G, 2A) in 31 games played. He also suited up for a pair of playoff contests not finding the scoresheet.
The Cents also briefly acquired Tyler Schleppe from the Coquitlam Express to complete a trade for Joey Berkopec. Schleppe was then shipped off to Nanaimo for Brandon Dent and Zach Dallazanna.
Dent, born in 2001, split last season between West Kelowna and Nanaimo. In a combined 49 games played he recorded 26 points (13G, 13A). He also skated in one postseason contest.
Dallazanna brings a veteran presence to the dressing room. The 2000 born forward was the captain for his major midget team before joining the Clippers and suiting up in 94 games over two seasons.
The moves mark what could be just the beginning for the Cents this offseason. As currently constituted the Cents roster features 19 forwards, 6 defencemen, and 1 goalie. The team also currently has seven 20-year old players, one over the limit.
One of the holes management may be looking to fill is a veteran blueliner. Of the teams six defencemen, Talon Zakall has the most BCHL experience with 101 games played despite being a 2002. Amazingly, the eldest statesman is newly committed 2001 born Alek Erichuk, who has never suited up in the BCHL.
Along with any future trades, the Cents will also be looking to training camp to fill out their roster ahead of next season.
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