I’m back from a week on the East Coast…with the Bantam Draft coming up on Thursday in Edmonton, I thought that I would post where the Hawks will select for each round:
1st Round – #1 overall
Thanks to the victory in the WHL Bantam Draft Lottery, the Hawks will pick 1st overall. I’m sure they are getting offers for this pick, so it will be interesting to see if a deal is made like they did two years ago, when they moved the pick to Moose Jaw (who selected Quinton Howden) and the Hawks took Brad Ross at #5. Here is the complete list of who has gone #1 overall in the WHL since the start of the Bantam Draft:
1990 – Darcy Mattersdorfer – Victoria
1991 – Adam Smith – Tacoma
1992 – Mike McBain – Red Deer
1993 – Martin Hohenberger – Victoria
1994 – Jarret Smith – Prince George
1995 – Chris Nielsen – Calgary
1996 – Steve McCarthy – Edmonton
1997 – Jarret Stoll – Edmonton
1998 – Jay Bouwmeester – Medicine Hat
1999 – Ryan Hollweg – Medicine Hat
2000 – Braydon Coburn – Portland
2001 – Kyle Chipchura – Prince Albert
2002 – Gilbert Brule – Vancouver
2003 – Jonathan Toews – Tri City
2004 – Ryan Kerr – Prince George
2005 – Colten Teubert – Regina
2006 – Jared Cowen – Spokane
2007 – Quinton Howden – Moose Jaw
2008 – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Red Deer
2nd Round – #24 overall (Portland’s pick)
3rd Round – Portland traded their pick (#46 overall) to Tri City in exchange for Brock Cornish. Portland has the #59 pick (from Swift Current) for the Mark Guggenberger trade. The trade involving Guggenberger was originally a 6th rounder, but there was a stipulation that if Guggenberger was still on a WHL roster in October of 2008, the pick would become a 3rd rounder.
4th Round – #68 overall (Portland’s pick)
5th Round – No selection – pick #90 traded to Vancouver for Phil Gervais.
6th Round – #112 overall (Portland’s pick)
7th Round – #134 overall (Portland’s pick)
8th Round – #156 overall (Portland’s pick)
9th Round – #178 overall (Portland’s pick)
10th Round – #200 overall (Portland’s pick)
11th Round – #222 overall (Portland’s pick) and #231 overall (from Lethbridge – acquired in a trade that sent an 11th round pick to Lethbridge in 2008)
I doubt the Hawks will take that many picks…but you never know.
You have to make space for all of the 1994 born players on your 50 player protected list at the draft, so there will be some player movement on the protected list that day. Portland will have seven open spots on the list as the 1988 born players (Brandl – graduated) and the 1989 born players (Mucha, Ehrhardt, Francis, Valchar, Schneider, Kerr) are all put on a special “overage” list and they won’t count toward the 50 man total on the day of the draft. (Brock Cornish is already on an extended injury list and he doesn’t count toward the 50 man protected list as well.)
If the Hawks select more than seven players, that means that they have dropped other players from the protected list.
For Head Coach and GM Mike Johnston’s comments on the upcoming draft and other topics, visit www.winterhawks.com.
To answer another question, the Hawks will host a prospect camp in Calgary in June, and I believe it will be the weekend of the 12-14th.
That’s it for now…