Bantam Draft By The Numbers…

Some stats about yesterday’s WHL Bantam Draft…from Austin Adams to Bobby Zinken…

— There were a total of 235 players selected, they came from:

Alberta — 95

British Columbia – 53

Saskatchewan – 42

Manitoba – 27

California – 7

Washington – 3

Northwest Territories – 2

Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Texas – 1 each

— The most players selected by a team – 13, the fewest – 8, here is the breakdown:

Brandon and Prince Albert – 13 players

Everett, Moose Jaw, Prince George and Saskatoon – 12 players

Calgary, Chilliwack, Kootenay, Portland and Vancouver – 11 players

Edmonton, Kelowna, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Regina and Tri City – 10 players

Kamloops and Seattle – 9 players

Swift Current – 8 players

— The breakdown by birth month:

January – 47 players

February – 38 players

March – 23 players

April – 32 players

May – 20 players

June – 17 players

July – 16 players

August – 11 players

September – 4 players

October – 10 players

November – 13 players

December – 4 players

— Most popular birth date — 1/1/95 (8 players)

— Most popular first name – Ty (or version of Tyler, Tysan, Tyson) — 10 players

— Most popular last name – Ferguson — 3 players

— By Position:

Defense — 87 players

Center — 51 players

Forward (no specific position identified) — 27 players

Goaltenders – 27 players

Right Wing — 23 players

Left Wing – 20 players

2010 Bantam Draft Thread…

1st Round – Nic Petan – Center – North Shore Winter Club- 5’6″ 133

2009-10 — NSWC — 57 GP, 76-63-139

From everything I’ve read, Petan could be the most skilled forward available in the WHL Bantam Draft this year.  I’ve seen his size listed from the listing above to 5’8″ 150…so, take that above with a grain of salt.  He recently took part in the U16 BC Cup and this report came from the “Coming Down the Pipe” blog and website (link to the left) from April 21st:

“Nicolas Petan was the most skillful player according to a few WHL scouts. The five-foot-seven 150-pound centre from North Delta was among the top point getters. Petan finished tied for second in the tournament with four goals and six points.”

2nd Round – Paul Stoykewych – Defense – Winnipeg Monarchs – 5’11 165

2009-10 – Winnipeg Monarchs – 30 GP, 10-25-35, 32 PIM

A left hand shooting defenseman from Winnipeg, here is a scouting report from Peg City Hockey News:

“Stoykewych is a solid defenseman who has the ability to make great first passes, and at times carry the puck. His hockey sense is high, with a great vision of the ice.”

3rd Round – Brendan Burke – Goaltender – PF Changs U16 – 6’0 153

Hawks trade up to #49 to take Burke (son of NHL’er Sean Burke)…swapping the 67th pick in the fourth round and the 102nd pick in the fifth round with Regina.

2009-10 – PF Changs Tier 1 – 24 GP, 3-14-2 record, 3.92 GAA, .873 save %

3rd Round – Presten Kopeck – Center – Medicine Hat Hockey Hounds – 5’9 140

2009-10 – Medicine Hat Hockey Hounds – 28 GP, 17-27-44, 31 PIM

4th Round – Branden Scheidl – Defense – Saskatoon Maniacs – 5’9 150

2009-10 – Saskatoon Maniacs – 55 GP, 16-33-49, 30 PIM

4th Round – Steen Cooper – Center – Cowichan T1 – 5’8 140

2009-10 – Cowichan T1 Capitals – 4 GP, 8-3-11, 2 PIM (POCO Tournament)

5th Round – Wyatt Noskey – Center – Knights of Columbus Squires – 5’10 153

2009-10 – KOC Squires – 33 GP, 31-40-71, 34 PIM

6th Round – Connor Hutchins – Center – Detroit Honeybaked – 5’10 155

2009-10 – Detroit Honeybaked – 5 GP, 4-4-8, 2 PIM

Hutchins is from North Richland Hills, TX…

7th Round – Dylan Bowen – Defense – Pursuit of Excellence – 5’9 141

Pick acquired from Kelowna for 6th Round Selection in 2011

2009-10 – POE Bantam – 40 GP, 10-30-40, 62 PIM

9th Round – Chase Deleo – Forward – LA Selects – 5’7 130

2009-10 – LA Selects Bantam AAA – 28 GP, 27-56-83

10th Round – Bryson Gore – Forward – Lethbridge Golden Hawks – 5’9 146

2009-10 – Lethbridge Val Meottie Golden Hawks – 31 GP, 10-15-25

How The Hawks Were Built…

With the Bantam Draft two days away…here is a look at how the current roster heading (meaning those that are eligible to return, not necessarily those that will return) into 2010-11 was assembled…

2 – Troy Rutkowski – Listed as a Free Agent 6/1/2007

5 – Luca Sbisa – Acquired from Lethbridge via trade 1/10/2010

6 – Brett Ponich – 2nd Round, #30 overall, 2006 WHL Bantam Draft

7 – Joe Morrow – 2nd Round, #28 overall, 2007 WHL Bantam Draft

8 – Ty Rattie – 1st Round, #2 overall, 2008 WHL Bantam Draft

11 – Oliver Gabriel – Listed as a Free Agent 9/4/2007

14 – Luke Walker – Listed as a Free Agent 3/8/2007

16 – Spencer Bennett – Listed as a Free Agent 1/27/2009

17 – Riley Boychuk – 1st Round, #10 overall, 2006 WHL Bantam Draft

18 – Brad Ross – 1st Round, #5 overall, 2007 WHL Bantam Draft

19 – Ryan Johansen – 7th Round, #150 overall, 2007 WHL Bantam Draft

22 – Nino Niederreiter – 1st Round, #2 overall, 2009 CHL Import Draft

23 – Seth Swenson – 10th Round, #201 overall, 2009 WHL Bantam Draft

24 – Gasper Kopitar – Listed as a Free Agent 12/7/2008

25 – Taylor Peters – 4th Round, #68 overall, 2007 WHL Bantam Draft

26 – Tyler Wotherspoon – 2nd Round, #23 overall, 2008 WHL Bantam Draft

31 – Mac Carruth – Listed as a Free Agent 9/22/2009

34 – Ian Curtis – Listed as a Free Agent 11/25/2008

37 – Taylor Aronson – Listed as a Free Agent 2/22/2009

51 – Derrick Pouliot – 1st Round, #1 overall, 2009 WHL Bantam Draft

55 – Tayler Jordan – 5th Round, #84 overall, 2005 WHL Bantam Draft

Stats By Age…

One thing that I’ve done after each of the past few seasons is compile statistical numbers by birth year for comparison and it always amazes me just how consistent the numbers are from year to year…

For instance…let’s start with the 1989 born players (the overage players) from this past season…

1989 birth year (20 year old’s – 76 players total):

4139 GP, 987 goals – 1670 assists — 2657 points and 4245 penalty minutes

That averages to .64 points per game in 2009-10.

Looking at the five years, the 20 year old class has averaged the following points per game:

09-10 — .64

08-09 — .67

07-08 — .56

06-07 — .61

05-06 — .61

The numbers are similar for each age group…here they are:

1990 birth year (19 year old’s – 140 players total):

7868 GP, 1621 goals – 2668 assists — 4289 points and 7787 penalty minutes

Points per game average:

09-10 — .55

08-09 — .59

07-08 — .53

06-07 — .49

05-06 — .49

1991 birth year (18 year old’s – 152 players total):

7584 GP, 1256 goals – 2134 assists — 3390 points and 7182 penalty minutes

Points per game average:

09-10 — .45

08-09 — .42

07-08 — .43

06-07 — .46

05-06 — .36

1992 birth year (17 year old’s – 170 players total):

7550 GP, 989 goals – 1568 assists — 2557 points and 6436 penalty minutes

Points per game average:

09-10 — .34

08-09 — .33

07-08 — .29

06-07 — .30

05-06 — .28

1993 birth year (16 year old’s – 89 players total):

2940 GP, 231 goals – 513 assists — 744 points and 1987 penalty minutes

Points per game average:

09-10 — .25

08-09 — .24

07-08 — .26

06-07 — .20

05-06 — .19

1994 birth year (15 year old’s — 25 players total):

117 GP, 6 goals – 14 assists — 20 points and 67 penalty minutes

Points per game average:

09-10 — .17

08-09 — .22

07-08 — .11

06-07 — .09

05-06 — .15

So, what can you gather from this?  Well…as it should be…the older players statistically produce more points per game on average and it goes up about .10 point per game for each season a player plays.  It isn’t a hard rule, but on average, the five year sample pretty much proves that.

For example…the 1989 born players were 16 in 2005/06…their average point production has gone from .19/game to .30 as 17’s, .43 as 18’s, .59 as 19’s and, finally, to .64 as 20’s.

All told, the WHL had a total of 652 players take the ice for their 22 member clubs and they combined for the following:

30,198 games played

5,090 goals

8,567 assists

13,657 points

27,704 penalty minutes

.45 points per game

.92 penalty minutes per game

One last note…did you know that Justin Feser of the Tri City Americans and Brendan Gallagher of the Vancouver Giants were taken on successive picks in the 9th round of the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft…#’s 194 and 195 overall.

The two combined for 77 goals and 77 assists for 154 points as 17 year old’s…I’m sure there will be 22 teams next Thursday looking for some late round gold like Tri City and Vancouver found three years ago next Thursday in Edmonton.

One Week to Bantam Draft…

While the NFL seemingly takes a week to hold their entry draft, the WHL will do their entry Bantam Draft in the span of about six hours next Thursday in Edmonton.  It is fitting, I guess, that the event is being held at the Fantasyland Hotel as once you get past the first round or two, it does become a bit more like a Fantasy draft because, as we all know, drafting 14 year old players can sometimes be a crap shoot in the later rounds.

And maybe it is also fitting that the hotel is attached to the West Edmonton Mall as the teams will be “shopping” for future stars and role players.

The draft will allows teams to select the cream of the crop from the 1995 birth year (man, does that make me feel old) and for the first time in the last few years, the Portland Winterhawks will not have a lottery pick in the top five, instead, they will select in the #16 spot in the first round.  The players selected at #16 since the draft first began in 1990 have had good, average and, sometimes, non-existent WHL careers…here is a look at all players selected at #16 in WHL Bantam Draft history:

1990 – Shane Tidsbury – Portland – DNP in WHL

1991 – Jeff Greig – Victoria – DNP in WHL

1992 – Kaleb Toth – Prince Albert – 259 GP, 96-80-176, 441 PIM

1993 – Sean Robertson – Swift Current – 319 GP, 61-114-175, 338 PIM

1994 – Steve Albrecht – Kamloops – 150 GP, 6-18-24, 371 PIM

1995 – Aaron Goldade – Brandon – 310 GP, 86-121-207, 173 PIM

1996 – Jordan Sawatsky – Prince Albert – DNP in WHL

1997 – Nathan Smith – Swift Current – 231 GP, 76-136-212, 228 PIM

1998 – Duncan Milroy – Swift Current – 264 GP, 132-155-287, 155 PIM

1999 – Landon Lillejord – Prince Albert – 70 GP, 2-1-3, 78 PIM

2000 – Torrie Wheat – Swift Current – 303 GP, 63-96-159, 118 PIM

2001 – Tyler Spurgeon – Kelowna – 212 GP, 43-81-124, 99 PIM

2002 – Tanner Stockwell – Regina – 49 GP, 0-0-0, 47 PIM

2003 – Kyle Bortis – Swift Current – 236 GP, 86-123-209, 83 PIM

2004 – Travis Dunstall – Kamloops – 229 GP, 46-77-123, 281 PIM

2005 – Cody Hanson – Seattle – 47 GP, 0-4-4, 60 PIM

2006 – Nathan Lieuwen – Kootenay – 66 GP, 25-23-1-2 record, 3.02, .891, 3 shutouts

2007 – Erik Fleming – Seattle – 105 GP, 2-9-11, 44 PIM

2008 – Dylan Busenius – Medicine Hat – 42 GP, 0-7-7, 12 PIM

2009 – Reid Gow – Spokane – 5 GP, 0-0-0, 2 PIM

Obviously, those drafted after 2005 are still active in the WHL.  From looking at the list above, the Swift Current Broncos drafted pretty well at the #16 spot in getting Robertson, Smith, Milroy, Wheat and Bortis all at that spot.    It will be interesting to see which way GM Mike Johnston and the scouting staff goes with the #16 pick.

Also, the Hawks have three fourth round picks due to some trades made earlier this year, giving them six of the first 74 selections in the draft.

I will be updating the blog all day next Thursday with what I can find on the players the Hawks selected and I’m sure that Graham Kendrick will keep the Hawks site up to date as well as his own blog at The Hawks Nest.

Post-Game Show Audio…

For those who didn’t get a chance to listen to our extended post-game show last night, here is a link to download the audio…

Link

It cuts out before I finish my thank you’s but the entire post-game show prior to that  is there.

A Great Season Ends…

I wasn’t ready for this season to end…but it did tonight…congratulations to the Vancouver Giants as they advance to take on the Tri City Americans for the WHL Western Conference Championship.  It should be a great series.

I said a lot of thank you’s on the post game show tonight and I sincerely meant all of them…and I also want to thank the readers of this blog.

With that being said…I need a break…the blog will be updated at different points during the off-season, but for now, I’m ready to step away for a while…

Until further notice…this blogger is out…

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