BCHL’s three solid defensemen

By Glenn Fugate

Dale Lupul is a 20-year-old defenseman with the Burnaby Bulldogs. Lupul seems to more of a stay at home d-man but has enough skill to get power play time.At 6’2 205 Lupul can keep the traffic from in front of the net. Defensemen like this are a coach’s dream, you can put them out there when you need solid play in your own end or if you need some offense. Lupul is not much fun to mess with looking at the PIMS. In 56 games this year Lupul has tallied 149 of them. On the offensive side throw in 64 points and you have a pretty good all round d-man. Lupul has a presence on the ice, a solid junior defenseman.

Brad Farynuk is a 18-year-old defenseman with the Vernon Vipers. A good open ice hitter,forewards have to watch when he is on the ice. Farynuk moves the puck well and can play all special teams. A rookie in the BCHL, he has already obtained a scholarship. Farynuk will attend R.P.I next season and should make an impact right away. This native of Enderby B.C. has decent size at 6’1 195 and racks up close to a point a game. He probably plays as much for Vernon as fellow d-man Reilly Olson who will be attending the U. of Michigan. Farynuk is a solid skater and should have a good future at R.P.I.

Duncan Keith is a 17-year-old defenseman with the Penticton Panthers. You only have to watch this player skate once to see why college scouts were all over him. Keith floats on the blades and can take the rough going despite his smallish stature(5’11 160). He takes big hits and he doesn’t flinch — when he’s hit, Keith is a tough target to nail. Keith is rated to go in the 5th round of the NHL draft among N.A. skaters. Look for this to stay the same or to move up a bit. Born in Winnipeg but calling Penticton home Keith will attend Michigan State next year. Keith can do it all. Tough for his size,can jump into the play and has big time stats to back up his game. The top defensive prospect in the BCHL this season is Duncan Keith.