Bison’s Still Producing First Round Talent

The Calgary Bison’s have recently had a healthy string of first round picks coming out of the association over the past few years. Three straight years with a selection in the first round, even with the pressure from CSSHL teams the Bison’s haven’t had an issue retaining and developing high end prospects.

In 2016 the Prince George Cougars selected net minder Taylor Gauthier with the 10th overall selection in the WHL Draft. Gauthier, a dynamic goalkeeper, has since played 74 games with the Cougars and is regarded as one of the top goalie prospects out of Western Canada for this year’s upcoming NHL Draft. Gauthier put up an outstanding 1.22 GAA and 0.948 Sv% in his WHL draft year, worthy of the high selection.

In 2017 the Medicine Hat Tigers selected another Calgary Bison’s net minder with the 21st pick in the WHL Draft, Garin Bjorklund spent his rookie season in bantam with the Grande Praire Storm but moved over to the Bison’s system in his second season. Bjorklund is back playing Midget this year but he is one of the top goalie prospects coming up in the WHL. He has since played two games with the Tiger’s this year, posting a 2.50 GAA and a 0.909 Sv%. Bjorklund had a 1.97 GAA and a 0.918 Sv% in 24 games before being selected by the Tigers.

Jayden Grubbe is the latest of the consecutive string to be selected from the Calgary Bison’s. Taken by the Red Deer Rebels with the 7th overall pick in the 2018 WHL Draft. Grubbe posted 66 points in 35 games last season with the Bison’s and a mean 104 penalty minutes. Grubbe is a competitive power winger who naturally gifted physical tools and offensive awareness blend into an always impactful player. Grubbe robust and skilled, doing basically anything a coach can ask for with great volume. Jayden has 26 points in 32 games this year with the Calgary Buffaloes and is expected to make the Rebels as early as next season.

This year features two possible first round picks from the 2004 group on the Calgary Bison’s.

Oasiz Wiesblatt is our highest ranked player on the Bison’s this season, finding himself 15th on our latest ranking list. Wiesblatt is an offensive dynamo with high end footwork and puck control. He makes an impact on the game every time he steps on the ice. Oasiz’s bloodline are all over western Canada with two of his three older brothers (Orca and Ocean) playing junior ‘A’ in Manitoba and Alberta, the other one (Ozzy) is currently having a spectacular rookie season with the Prince Albert Raiders.

Connor Gourley was ranked 27th in our last newsletter. Gourley is a speedy power winger with necessary size and offensive drive. Gourley has the ability to scorer of the rush and play a robust game. Expected to be a top 30 pick in the draft, Gourley lighted up the bantam ‘AA’ scene last year and has translated that dominance to the AMBHL.