Four Burnaby Laker juniors were shipped to playoff contending clubs at the B.C. Junior Lacrosse League trade deadline this weekend.
Second-year Tyler Buchan was dealt to the first-place Coquitlam Adanacs for next season's second-round pick in the junior entry draft and the playing rights to Shawn Hanley.
Before being traded, Buchan was third on the Burnaby team in scoring with 13 goals, including a team-high three shorthanded markers, in nine games and 28 points. Hanley, a 1994-born Richmond runner, had one goal in 11 games with Coquitlam this season.
The junior Lakers also dealt Justin Appels to the Victoria Shamrocks for a third-round pick in the 2014 entry draft and future considerations, which could mean the rights to the first-year son of team governor Richard Appels might revert back to Burnaby at the end of the playoffs.
Also on the move to Langley were Quinton Bradley and Ryan Watson.
Bradley was traded on Sunday for Langley's second-round pick in 2014 and futures, while, a day earlier, Watson was dealt to the Thunder in exchange for a third-rounder.
BELLIES BAG BLOCKBUSTER
The New Westminster Salmonbellies added the top two scorers in the junior A league to its already productive lineup.
The 'Bellies dealt Jake Carey and newcomer Ryan Vogrig to the Delta Islanders for the playing rights to Eli McLaughlin and league scoring leader Cody Nass for at least the remainder of the 2013 season and playoffs.
The deal also included draft picks next year and in 2015, as well as other players' rights.
McLaughlin, a 19-year-old lefthander, currently leads the league in goal scoring with 57 goals and a blistering 36.54 shot percentage.
Nass, an under-age, 6-1 righty, leads all junior A shooters with 37 goals and 109 total points so far this season.
"We have to win our way in (to the Minto Cup)," said New Westminster head coach Dan Perreault, regarding the opportunity to add two key players, particularly a much needed righthander, to the lineup.
"We're pretty excited to add players like that and to have the depth now."
But despite the trade, with Nass and McLaughlin in the lineup Saturday, New Westminster lost 8-7 to Coquitlam at Queen's Park Arena.
In other trade news, Coquitlam was busy shoring up holes, adding goalie Peter Dubenski from Nanaimo for a swap of trade picks and futures.
The junior A's also picked up Tyler Pace, Matt Delmonico and Mitch Milani from the PoCo Saints in exchange for goalie Andrew Gallant.
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