Future Cast: Kelowna Rockets

2019 WHL Draft Summary

Hosting the Memorial Cup in 2020, the Kelowna Rockets were expected to make some big deals to boost there current line up at the draft, and they did just that. Walking into the draft selecting fifth overall, they flipped that pick over to the Brandon Wheat Kings for Sean Comrie and the 10th overall pick. Later moving that selection plus Connor Bruggen-Cate to Seattle for Jake Lee, Dillon Hamliuk and Cole Schwebus, all players who immediately make a major impact to the team’s line up. Going into the 2019-2020 season, I don’t expect many rookies to crack a line up spot for the Rockets, a veteran first line up that will fill needs with older players through trades. Maybe 2-3 rookies. At the 2019 WHL Draft, the Rockets were still able to nab some top prospects though not selecting until the second round. They took Nolan Flamand, our highest ranked Saskatchewan born at pick 27 and Jayden Joly in the fourth round, two forwards that have major upside to there game and will grow in there fifteen year old seasons. Selecting Jari Kykkanen at pick 118th was a great gamble for the Rockets, a big athletic goalie with raw tools but loads of upside. Prospects like Jackson Smith, Rilen Kovacevic, Max Sanford, and John Babcock will all need a couple years to develop but could all be staples in the teams future line up. Daimon Gardner is our player to watch, we believe he can crack the team as a 16 year old much like Jalen Luypen did in Edmonton and make an impact immediately despite being a late pick. 

27th Overall – Nolan Flamand; 71st Overall – Jayden Joly; 110th Overall – John Babcock; 115th Overall – Jari Kykkanen; 118th Overall – Daimon Gardner; 140th Overall – Jackson Smith; 162nd Overall – Daimon Gardner; 204th Overall – Rilen Kovacevic

Best Value Pick: Daimon Gardner (162nd Overall) – RHA Nationals (CSSBHL)

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

  1. Trevor Wong (Forward) – Greater Vancouver Canadians (2003)
  2. Ethan Bowen  (Forward) – Chilliwack Chiefs/BCHL (2002) * Committed to North Dakota
  3. Nolan Flamand (Forward) – Saskatoon Blazers/SMHL (2004)
  4. Ethan Ernst (Forward) – Kelowna Rockets/WHL (2002)
  5. Jackson DeSouza (Defense) – Okanagan Rockets/BCMML (2003)
  6. Steel Quiring (Forward) – Okanagan Rockets/BCMML (2003)
  7. Noah Dorey (Defense) – West Van Midget Prep/CSSHL (2003)
  8. James Bohn (Defense) – Vancouver NE Chiefs/BCMML (2002)
  9. Jayden Joly (Forward) – Fort Sask Rangers/AMBHL (2004)
  10. Cole Carrier (Forward) – Sherwood Park Kings/AMHL (2002)

Potential Rookie’s 2019-2020

Trevor Wong (2003)

Sean Comrie (2000)

Jackson DeSouza (2003)

Cole Carrier (2002)