The Vipers continued to address their surplus of 20-year-olds by sending forward Braedan Russell to the Powell River Kings in exchange for future considerations Wednesday.
“He’s a good kid, but we’re high on 20-year-olds and we had to start making adjustments,” said Vipers’ head coach Jason Williamson.
A highly touted prospect coming into last season, Russell struggled to find his way with the Vipers after injuring his wrist in a pre-season scrap. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Oakville, Ont. product finished with two goals and five assists in 25 games.
“He never got off on the right foot here,” said Williamson. “Not his fault. If he wasn’t a 20-year-old, absolutely we’d keep him.”