Bantam Draft Thread…

1st Round – #1 overall: Derrick Pouliot, D, Weyburn, SK- 5’11, 165

08-09: Weyburn Wings (SSMHL AA bantam) — 26gp-25g-38a-63pts-24pim
08-09: Moose Jaw Warriors (SMHL AAA midget) — 5gp-1g-1a-2pts-0pim
08-09: Moose Jaw Warriors (Macs Midget Tournament) — 4gp-3g-2a-5pts-2pim
08-09: Weyburn Wings (Saskatoon bantam tournament) — 3gp-3g-3a-6pts-2pim
08-09: Weyburn Wings (Western Bantam Championships) — 4gp-2g-2a-4pts-6pim
07-08: Weyburn Wings (SSMHL AA bantam) — 26gp-6g-24a-30pts-18pim

The Hawks young d-corps grows with the selection of Pouliot, who will be eligible for the 2010-11 season when players like Troy Rutkowski, Joe Morrow and Daniel Johnston will be 18 year olds and Tyler Wotherspoon will be 17.  Right now, that d-corps looks pretty strong to me.

Pouliot is described as very poised, offensively gifted and a pure skater.

2nd Round – #24 overall:  Taylor Leier, RW, Saskatoon, SK – 5’10, 155

08-09: Saskatoon Outlaws (SMHA AA bantam) — 62gp-69g-68a-137pts-82pim
08-09: Saskatoon Contacts (SMHL AAA midget) — 2gp-2g-0a-2pts-0pim
08-09: Saskatoon Outlaws (Saskatoon bantam tournament) — 3gp-3g-5a-8pts-4pim

Obviously, great offensive numbers…has really grown in two years – listed at 5’4, 110 for the 2007-08 season.

This marks just the second time in Winter Hawks Bantam Draft history that the first two selections come from Saskatchewan (previous time – 2000 – Braydon Coburn {#1 overall} and Brett Novak {#19 overall}).  We know about Coburn, but Novak was dealt to Prince Albert in a deal for Garrett Prosofsky.

3rd Round – #59 overall:  Reece Wilcox, D, Surrey, BC

09 BC Cup – 4gp-0g-1a-1pt

08-09: Surrey Thunder (KIBIHT) — 5gp-2g-4a-6pts-0pim
08-09: Surrey Thunder (PoCo bantam AAA tournament) — 6gp-1g-3a-4pts-0pim
08-09: Surrey Thunder (South Delta AAA bantam tournament) — 3gp-0g-0a-0pts-0pim

4th Round – #68 overall:  A.J. Michaelson, C, Apple Valley, MN – 5’10, 160

08-09:  Apple Valley HS (MNHS) — 21gp-9g-10a-19pts-6pim

08-09:  Apple Valley HS (Playoffs) — 3gp- 3g-2a-5pts-0pim

Michaelson is the third selection for the Hawks from the state of Minnesota…the other two were Vince Nash (9th rd 2007) and Michael Sauer (5th rd 2003).

6th Round – #112 overall:  Brendan Leipsic, LW, Winnipeg, MB – 5’6, 124

08-09: Winnipeg Monarchs (WMHA AAA bantam) — 29gp-16g-20a-36pts-38pim
08-09: Winnipeg Monarchs (WMHA AA midget) — 1gp-0g-0a-0pts-4pim
08-09: Winnipeg Monarchs (St. Albert AAA bantam tournament) — 5gp-2g-2a-4pts-14pim
08-09: Winnipeg Monarchs (Western Bantam Championships) — 4gp-4g-3a-7pts-10pim
07-08: Winnipeg Monarchs (WMHA AAA bantam) — 2gp-0g-0a-0pts-2pim
07-08: Winnipeg Monarchs (WMHA AA bantam) — 28gp-20g-15a-35pts-62pim

Leading scorer in the Bantam 1 Division of the Winnipeg City AAA Bantam League.  Just the 13th player from Manitoba ever selected by Portland in the Bantam Draft (Tri City may have had 13 players from Manitoba on their roster last year!).  The only Manitoba born players drafted higher have been Luke Molotowsky (#18 ’98), Frazer McLaren (#32 ’02), Cody McLeod (#60 ’99), Rick Lecuyer (#70 ’02), Travis Mealy (#109 ’00) and Aaron Lewadniuk (#110 ’04).

Also, of note…just the second time in 19 years that Portland had not had a selection from Alberta in their Top 5…the other year was 2005 (Thomas Frazee – BC, Ty Ariss – SK, Colin Reddin – CA, Devon Marshall – BC, Tayler Jordan – SK).  They have never had six picks without one being from Alberta (6th pick in 2005 was goaltender Julien Laplante from Edmonton).

7th Round – #134 overall:  Brayden Low, C, Richmond, BC

09 BC Cup – 4gp-1g-0a-1pt

08-09:  Richmond AAA Blues (BC AAA Bantam) – 71gp-23g-36a-59pts-70pim

7th Round – #149 overall:  Troy Stecher, D, Richmond, BC

09 BC Cup – 4gp-0g-1a-1pt

08-09:  Richmond AAA Blues (BC AAA Bantam) – 71gp-17g-51a-68pts-30pim

The pick acquired from Spokane…in exchange for a 6th rounder in 2010…

Stecher was Richmond’s Bantam Rep Player Of the Year for 2008-09…

8th Round – #156 overall:  Josh Hanson, D, Anchorage, AK – 6’1, 175

08-09: Alaska All-Stars (USA AAA bantam) — 36gp-9g-16a-25pts-34pim
08-09: Alaska All-Stars (Alaska AAA bantam state championships) — 5gp-1g-0a-1pts-2pim

Just the second Alaskan ever taken in the Bantam Draft by Portland…the other was Brandon Dubinsky in the 5th round of 2002.

9th Round – #178 overallAdam Smith, C, Nanaimo, BC

09 BC Cup – 4gp-0g-4a-4pts

10th Round – #200 overall:  Adam de Champlain, C, Sherwood Park, AB – 5’8, 125

08-09: Sherwood Park Flyers (AMBHL AAA bantam) — no stats
08-09: Sherwood Park Flyers (AMBHL AAA bantam – PLF) — 2gp-0g-0a-0pts-0pim
08-09: Sherwood Park Flyers (Edmonton AAA bantam tournament) — 5gp-2g-2a-4pts-8pim
08-09: Sherwood Park Flyers (KIBIHT) — 6gp-1g-0a-1pts-8pim
08-09: Northeast Flyers (Alberta Cup) — 5gp-0g-1a-1pts-10pim

11th Round – #222 overall:  Jake Montgomery, LW, Oakdale, MN – 6’1, 185

08-09: Shattuck-St. Mary’s (USA AAA bantam) — 41gp-30g-24a-54pts-45pim

(Many thanks to Alan Caldwell for the vast majority of these stats!)


  1. Andy,

    I am the producer and one of the two hosts of The Pipeline Show ( here in Edmonton. Yesterday after the draft I had a brief chat with Mike Johnston which can be heard here:

    Feel free to add our blog (Coming Down the Pipe!) to your roll, we’d had yours on ours for a year or two now.

    Guy Flaming
    The Pipeline Show
    TEAM 1260 Edmonton

  2. Andy,

    Why didn’t we pick a goalie this year?

  3. Mike,
    I wasn’t part of the decision making for the draft, so I can only speculate that they felt comfortable with the goalies on the protected list or that they didn’t feel that the 1994 born goaltenders met their needs.


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