Storm Break the Ice on Off-season Trades

Friday, April 28, 2017

The VIJHL Champion Campbell River Storm have pulled the trigger this week on the first of what will likely be a number of off-season transactions as they position themselves for what they hope will be a fourth consecutive trip to the Cyclone Taylor Cup.

General Manager and Head Coach, Lee Stone, has acquired the rights to, 1997 born, Mathieu Jallabert from the Oceanside Generals, in exchange for Darren Hards and Kyle Craddock.

In two seasons with the Gens, Jallabert racked up 86 points in 73 games, that’s 1.2 points per game. He spent last season in the SJHL, with the Melville Millionaires.

Stone is acutely aware that Jallabert may decide to remain in the SJHL for his 20th year, “We think Mathieu is a high level hockey player. Obviously there’s a risk factor that he could be back in the SJ playing there”. The GM added, “The way we build our program is that we try and attract top end talent, especially 20 year olds that may want to play collegiate hockey one day.”

Nineteen year old Darren Hards, played 52 games in the BCHL with Surrey, Cowichan and Langley before joining the Storm at the trade deadline. Stone admits that Hards was not seen as a long term player, “Darren is a guy that we assumed would be here ‘til the end of the year and that was it. Here he re-established himself as a guy who offensively is very gifted with the puck. He has got some smooth hands, makes plays around the net and finishes checks.”

In the playoffs, Hards led all Campbell River marksmen with 18 points.

Kyle Craddock came to the Storm in January and in 11 regular season games picked up 8 points. Stone admits that acquiring the North Peace defensemen so late in the season may have impacted his playing time, “He’s super-skilled but he didn’t get all year to learn our system and develop that play. We think going to Oceanside is going to give him a chance to be that top end guy and do things that are more suited to his strengths which is certainly the offensive side of the game.”