Everett Silvertips Draft Review

Draft Selections

42nd Overall: Olen Zellweger – OHA Edmonton

 

Everett Silvertips first selection in the draft didn’t happen until late in the second round but they took a player who has a tonne of upside to his game. Zellweger is one of the most poised puck moving defenders in the draft, he’s a bit small right now but makes up for it with mobility and quickness. Steady defensively and always has his head engages in the play. A great piece behind Ronan Seeley one day on the Silvertips blue line.

 

64th Overall: Ty Gibson – Pacific Coast Sea Devils

 

The Pacific Coast defender posted 24 points in 30 games last season, Gibson is a mobile two-way defender who plays with poise and confidence. Willingness to jump up in the rush and has an active mindset on the blue line. He’s elusive and can effective transport the puck. I like the upside to his game, at times this year you saw him take over tames. I think he could be a real solid 4/5 WHL defender.

 

86th Overall: Carter Halamandaris –  Winnipeg Monarchs

 

The first forward selected by the Everett Silvertips in the 2018 WHL Draft, Halamandaris was one of the purest goal scorers coming out of Manitoba. He was a catalyst for offensive plays on his Winnipeg Monarchs team and should versatility in his scoring abilities. He reads plays well, and can anticipate where the puck is going to go. He had 34 goals last season, 6th best in the WBAAA. A polished skater and a player who has hope to make it as a 16 year old next year.

 

140th Overall: Davis Fry – Regina Monarchs

 

I felt Davis Fry deserved to be chosen higher, he’s a player who has all the physical tools and offensive capabilities of a top three round pick. A rangy center who can create offensive plays with ease. Finished well in tight and explodes through open lanes. Fry in my opinion will be a sure-fire WHL player one day, he needs to be more consistent and add some weight to his frame. Potential to honestly be a top six player on Everett.

 

145th Overall: Sloan Stanick – Yellowhead Chiefs

 

Finished second on his team in scoring last season with 59 points in 36 games. A balanced offensive player, Stanick has offensive flare and the ability to efficient identify lanes and get clean zone entries. I like Stanick’s overall offensive tools but he’s a project in terms of getting to the WHL level. Lots of room to grow and lots of upside to his game. In a great situation with Everett.

 

152nd Overall: Nate Goodbrandson – Winnipeg Hawks

 

Finished second in scoring in the WBAAA, while playing on a line with Conner Roulette (Seattle 2nd 2018), Goodbrandson is a complimentary winger who has a great shot and plays a north south style of game. He’s steady on his feet, drives the net well and can find open ice without the puck. A dependant player who compliments puck possessive players well.

 

174th Overall: Holden Cardinal – Delta Green

 

A diminutive forward who plays the game at electrifying pace, Holden Cardinal was one of Delta Greens most consistent and impactful forwards. Cardinal has 33 points last season with the Delta Green Bantam Prep’s. Cardinal is quick and tenacious, takes good angles to the play and can apply deceptive pressure on puck carriers. A nice project pick.

 

196th Overall: Connor McGrath

 

Leading point producer on his Humboldt Broncos Bantam AA team, McGrath is an quick smaller forward who can drive the offensive of his line with agility and skill. He’s got a lot of pace to his game and plays with confidence. If he grows he could be a real steal of a pick here.

 

240th Overall:  Brent Johnson

 

A Dallas born defender who produced 11 points in 12 games last year with the Bantam Major AAA team. A mobile two way defender with a bomb of a shot from the point. First American selected by the Silvertips.

 

262nd Overall: Braden Holt

 

The only goalie selected by the Silvertips this at this past draft, Holt is an American born goaltender who has had success with the Victory Honda team.  He had a 0.852 Sv% and a 3.30 GAA last season with the club. Stands at  5’10 134lbs.

 

284th Overall: Ean Somoza

 

A California born forward, Somoza is a lanky offensive forward who does an excellent job driving lanes to the net with good stick positioning and finishing with skill around the net. I like this pick a lot, I think he could be a real steal for the Silvertips if he commits to the WHL.

 

Prospects:

RW:

Jake Alcaraz (2002)

Jackson Berezowski (2002)

Holden Cardinal (2003)

Gage Goncalves (2001)

Kent Johnson (2002)

Ryley Morgan (2002)

Max Neill (2001)

Sloan Stanick (2003)

 

LW:

Nate Goodbrandson (2003)

Carter Halamandaris (2003)

Carter Cockburn (2001)

Austin Koffler (2003)

Conrad Mitchel (2001)

 

C:

Davis Fry (2003)

Brayden Morrison (2002)

Ean Somoza (2003)

Brendan Williamson (2002)

Jacob Writer (2002)

Alex Young (2001)

 

RD:

Dylan Anderson (2002)

Reece Becker (2001)

Ty Gibson (2003)

Alex Moar (2001)

 

LD:

John Driscoll (2001)

Ronan Seeley (2002)

Olen Zellweger (2003)

 

G:

Danton Belluk (2001)

Braden Holt (2003)

Blake Lyda (2002)

 

2018-2019 Thoughts:

 

The Everett Silvertips are going into the 2018-2019 season losing a lot of experienced veterans. They lose their three 1997’s in Patrick Bajkov, Kevin Davis, and Matt Fonteyne, one of the strongest 20 core group in the WHL last season and a group that provided 253 points to the Silvertips. They also lose the best goalie in the CHL for the past two years in Carter Hart, someone who has been there starting goalie for the past three-four years. Outside of that Ondrej Vala and Garrett Pilon, two players picked up from Kamloops at the trade deadline last year will also likely be moving on to a professional career… Everett did go out this past offseason and pick up a high end 1998 in Sahvan Khaira, a big athletic defender who comes off of a WHL Championship with the Swift Current Broncos… I still think Everett will be an alright team in the West this year, Dustin Wolf is a strong case in net, he should start 45-50 games this year… On the back end it looks like Wyatte Wylie, Jameson Murray, Jacob Chrstiansen, Sahvan Khaira and Ian Walker will be every game veterans for the team. Rookie Ronan Seeley should round out the top six defensive core for the Silvertips. Dylan Anderson, Kyle Walker, and Gianni Fairbrother will likely be the defenders looking in… Up front the team may be a little bit dryer than last season. Forwards Riley Sutter, Sean Richards, Connor Dewar and Bryce Kindopp will be heavily relied upon to improve upon there last season production and be a source for the offense that they will be missing… Blake Lyda will back up Dustin Wolf as a 16 year old rookie… Jackson Berezowski, Conrad Mitchell, Gage Goncalves could push for a rookie spot this upcoming season…. The Silvertips 2018 WHL draft was interesting to look at. They added a lot of mobile fleet footed defenders who could contribute offensively. They also added player who could drive lanes and do work without the puck. The one pick I really liked was Davis Fry, he added a different element to the draft class and I think he has a lot of WHL tools. Overall I’d expect 3-4 of these players to be WHL regulars.