Cents forward Max Vallis was drafted yesterday by the USHL’s Omaha Lancers. Vallis went in the fifth round, 221st overall after posting 22 goals in 59 games with the Centennials last season.
Despite being chosen, all indications are that Vallis will be back in Merritt for 2011-12. There are already a number of NCAA schools looking at him for the 2012-13 season and I would think that after becoming familiar with the BCHL last season, Vallis should be set for a major jump in his offensive production this year.
Before Jakob Reichert got injured on November 21st, there was some major chemistry developing between Vallis, Reichert and Chad Brears as a potent second line for the Cents. In fact, prior to the injury, Vallis, Reichert and Brears combined for 23 points in seven games, which shows what potential the line has.