BCHL – Vees profit from picks

Travis St. Denis just got some help as the Penticton Vees signed three NHL draft picks.

Travis St. Denis just got some help as the Penticton Vees signed three NHL draft picks.

After losing two of their top scorers, the Vees picked up St. Denis in a trade with the Cowichan Capitals last week.

According to the Vees website, Penticton will also be benefitting from the services of top U.S. high school draft pick and left winger Mario Lucia (60th overall, Minnesota Wild), centre Steve Fogarty (72nd overall, New York Rangers) and defenceman Mike Reilly (98th overall, Columbus Blue Jackets).

Last season’s drafted players, Mark MacMillan (Canadiens) and Brendan O’Donnell (Lightning) were top scoring threats for the Vees but as each has moved on, there are some holes to fill.

The St. Denis trade and the trio of incoming prospects should help significantly with that.

In addition to those three Minnesota high school products, the Vees are adding Reilly’s twin older brothers Connor and Ryan.

With Joey Benik and Chad Bannor slated to come back for their second seasons, it puts seven players on the roster from the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

The Penticton BCHL franchise has seen more than its share of NHL talent over the years as Andy Moog, Ray Ferraro, Brett Hull, Paul Kariya, Brendan Morrison, and Duncan Keith have all suited up there.