Two standout Vernon Vipers were drafted by Pro teams yesterday at the NHL entry draft.
The Montreal Canadiens acquired a seventh-round pick from the Philadelphia Flyers and used it to select Brett Stapley 190th overall.
Already a long-serving BCHL veteran of three campaigns, Stapley became more of a finisher this season. His quickness in processing the game and his smarts allow him to overcome any questions on his size. Superior skating and play-making ability make him an offensive threat any time he gets the puck.
Listed No. 177 among North American skaters by Central Scouting
Stapley, will join the University of Denver next season.
Ty Taylor, the soon-to-be 19-year-old goaltender will be heading to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Development Camp which starts on Tuesday and wraps up Saturday, featuring the club’s top prospects.
Taylor had a phenomenal season with seven shutouts.
The BCHL Top Goaltender Award winner led the BCHL in save percentage (.931) and goals-against average (1.87) and was a First Team all-star. He will join Crookshank at New Hampshire next season.
Listed No. 25 among North American goalies by Central Scouting