Future Cast: Medicine Hat Tigers

2019 WHL Draft Summary

With four picks in the top 40 of the draft, Medicine Hat’s selection followed suit with our list and all the players they selected were in our own top 40. A team that draft skill and upside at the draft, there class won’t step in at 16 and make a monumental impact but as they grow and develop most will be outstanding WHL players. The Tigers opened there draft with three forwards in there top four picks. Oasiz Wiesblatt, brother of Ozzy, was the teams first pick, a shifty crafty winger who can make players around him better with puck dominant playmaking. Next they took the dynamic Cayden Glover with there second pick, a player with upside similar to Ty Lewis. Brayden Boehm was the next forward they took, a straight line two-way power winger who makes a difference in all situations. They also took four Canadian defensemen in the draft with Henry Smith, Ryan Nolan, Ben Bonni, and Emmanual Hudson. All four of those guys play a steady back end game with a bit of skill and simplistic puck forwarding offensively. Three Americans were picked by the Tigers. Tyler McKenzie was out personal favourite selection at the draft, he’s a skilled complimentary winger with hard-to-contain feet and is always in the right positions on the ice. Overall we really liked this draft class, could see anywhere from 5 to 6 full time WHL players com out of it in three years time. The Prospect System now for the Tigers is full stocked, its exciting to see Sillinger lead this upcoming forward group that has the likes of Noah Danielson, Oasiz Wiesblatt, Cayden Glover, Brayden Boehm, Ashton Ferster, Tyler McKenzie, Justin Strathopolous, Jayden Davis, and Caleb Wilm for the next few years. They have there goaltending locked down with Liam Vanderkoii and Garin Bjorklund, two tenders who both have major upside. Dru Krebs and Ryan Watson are also coming up and will now by joined with four other highly regarded defensemen.

12th Overall – Oasiz Wiesblatt; 25th Overall – Cayden Glover; 34th Overall – Henry Smith; 37th Overall – Brayden Boehm; 56th Overall – Ryan Nolan; 57th Overall – Oren Shtrom; 95th Overall – Dylan Silverstein; 122nd Overall – Tyler McKenzie; 129th Overall – Ben Bonni; 144th Overall – Emmanual Hudson; 166th Overall – Will Sinclair

Best Value Pick: Tyler McKenzie (122nd Overall) – Red Deer Rebels (AMBHL)

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

  1. Cole Sillinger – Regina Pats Canadians/SBAAHL (2003)
  2. Oasiz Wiesblatt – Calgary Bisons/AMBHL (2004)
  3. Garin Bjorklund РCalgary Buffaloes/AMHL (2002)
  4. Cayden Glover – Brandon Wheat Kings/WPG-AAA (2004)
  5. Ryan Watson – Greater Vancouver Canadians/BCMML (2002)
  6. Brayden Boehm – Delta Green/CSSBHL (2004)
  7. Dru Krebs – Okotoks Oilers/AMHL (2003)
  8. Ashton Ferster – Prince Albert Mintos/SMHL (2003)
  9. Liam Vanderkoii – Yale Lions/CSSHL (2003)
  10. Henry Smith – Delta Green/CSSBHL (2004)

Potential Rookie’s 2019-2020

Cole Sillinger (2003)

Garin Bjorklund (2002)

Ryan Watson (2002)

Noah Danielson (2002)

Damon Agyeman (2002)

Justin Strathopolous (2002)