Defense, defense, we’ve got defense

How does one know the hockey postseason is right around the corner? Descriptions of injuries become more and more vague. Such is the case for Everett defenseman Nick Walters. He missed last weekend’s two games because he was “banged up.” Now he’s being described as “injured,” and Tips coach Mark Ferner said Walters was day to day, though Walters didn’t practice today.

Also not practicing today was defenseman Brennan Yadlowski, who is attending to a personal matter. It is not known whether he will be back in time for Wednesday’s game against Victoria.

Two players who did practice today were winger Trent Lofthouse and defenseman Evan Morden. Lofthouse was knocked out of Saturday’s game by a high hit from Jordan Messier that resulted in Messier getting suspended. He’s questionable for Wednesday. Morden, who’s been out with an ankle injury, practiced at full speed and is close to returning.

The Tips also announced the signing of 15-year-old defenseman Michael Zipp to a WHL education contract. Zipp, who hails from Edmonton, Alberta, and has been in town the past week, was Everett’s fourth-round pick in the 2011 bantam draft. The stay-at-home d-man had eight assists in 32 games with Edmonton CAC in the Alberta Midget Hockey League this season.

The signing of Zipp means the Tips have inked their top three picks from last year’s bantam draft. First rounder Ty Mappin and second rounder Dawson Leedahl both signed during training camp.

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