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.

Advertisements

1 Comment

  1. Hey Andy – could you pass along a note to Johnston and Davidson

    If a Tyler Spurgeon “clone” is available again at #16, PLEASE select him

    Thanks –

    Hope your “batteries” are at least %80 charged by now


Comments RSS TrackBack Identifier URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  • Questions?

    Got a question for the broadcast crew? You can email questions to hawksradio@gmail.com and if you include your name and city, we just may answer them on the air!