Future Cast: Kamloops Blazers

2019 WHL Draft Summary

We were a big fan of the Kamloops Blazers draft class, making us look good by having all nine of there picks in our draft guide rankings. The Blazers took six forwards, two defensemen, and one goalie. They two first selections they made in Mats Lindgren and Connor Levis are both currently committed to the University of Michigan, recruiting them to play with the Blazers may be a process but it one well worth the wait as both have loads of upside. After the first round, skill was evidently the focus for the Blazers. All of their player selections have speed, especially with the forwards they selected. Tye Spencer is a goal scoring centre with poise and craftiness, scored over 50 goals this year in the SBAAHL. Fraser Minten is an intuitive play making winger who sets up chances with good positioning and one-touch passes. Cameron Johnson is a small hard working winger with good puck controlling abilities. Vaughn Watterodt is a balanced power winger whose high end speed and two-way abilities will make him a WHL top six player. Nash Bamford is a power winger whose assertive and heavy. On the back end they only took Jamie Weller outside of the first round, a two-way defensemen who moves the puck well in transitions and plays steady defensively. Dylan Ernst was the first goalie taken in the draft, he has loads of upside and consistent grew up our draft list as the season grew. Overall we believe that over half this draft class will be regular WHLers if they commit to playing in the WHL. The potential of having Josh Pillar, Logan Stankoven, Caedan Bankier, Reese Belton, Daylan Kuefler, Matthew Seminoff and now Connor Levis, Fraser Minten, Vaughn Watterodt, and Tye Spencer who all are potential gamers in the WHL. The future looks bright offensively and defensively for the Blazers. Will have a young 2019-2020 team we believe. 

7th Overall – Mats Lindgren; 20th Overall – Connor Levis; 28th Overall – Dylan Ernst; 50th Overall – Tye Spencer; 72nd Overall – Fraser Minten; 86th Overall – Cameron Johnson; 94th Overall – Jamie Weller; 116th Overall – Vaughn Watterodt; 138th Overall – Nash Bamford

Best Value Pick: Vaughn Watterodt (116th Overall) – OHA Penticton (CSSBHL)

Top 10 Prospects (2002-2004) * College Commits Excluded Unless Playing in Canada

  1. Logan Stankoven (Forward) – Thompson Blazers/BCMML (2003)
  2. Mats Lindgren (Defense) – BWC Academy/CSSBHL (2004) * Committed to Michigan
  3. Connor Levis (Forward) – St. George’s Academy/CSSBHL (2004) * Committed to Michigan
  4. Josh Pillar (Forward) – Kamloops Blazers/WHL (2002)
  5. Dylan Garand (Goalie) – Kamloops Blazers/WHL (2002)
  6. Logan Bairo (Defense) – Saskatoon Contacts/SMHL (2003)
  7. Dylan Ernst (Goalie) – Weyburn Wings/SBAAHL (2004)
  8. Caedan Bankier (Forward) – BWC Academy/CSSHL (2003)
  9. Vaughn Watterodt (Forward) – OHA Penticton/CSSBHL (2004)
  10. Daylan Kuefler (Forward) – Red Deer Rebels/AMHL (2002)

Potential Rookie’s 2019-2020

Rayce Ramsay (2001)

Trevor Thurston (2002)

Logan Stankoven (2003)

Dylan Keufler (2002)

Caedan Bankier (2003)