BCJALL Review: Langley Thunder
LAST SEASON: 12-9 - 5TH PLACE - MISSED PLAYOFFS
230 GF 196 GA +34 GD
After investing heavily in the current roster with a real shot of a Minto Cup run looming, the Langley Thunder will likely find themselves between a rock and a hard place this offseason. They still have some excellent talent on the team, as well as some promising up-and-coming players, but many will have felt the Thunder missed the boat on making it to the big dance.
Much like the season previous, Langley couldn’t seem to get over the hump of being an inconsistent team who struggled to put wins together against other quality opponents.
They will also lose the likes of Ryan Martel and Anthony Kalinich, the BCJALL’s Graduating Player and team captain, respectively. Those are massive losses for any team, but it will especially hurt for a Langley club who will be looking for consistency as they try to break in new players. On the other hand, with the amount of draft picks Langley has accrued and chosen over recent years, they clearly have planned for a lot of different scenarios.
Like the Islanders, Langley didn’t have many problems scoring, but they did have trouble keeping the ball out of their own cage. Braeden Washington, the club’s former No. 2 overall pick out of Maple Ridge, may be relied upon sooner as a bonafide starter.