Future Cast: Saskatoon Blades

2019 WHL Draft Summary

Saskatoon made the most selections at the draft, with thirteen selections through thirteen rounds, they were the final team to make picks. Taking a single American in that span and a 2003. They started out there draft by taking BWC Academy scorer Brandon Lisowsky with the ninth pick in the draft, a high volume shooter who plays with a similar offensive drive to Jordy Bellerive. Next they took Hayden Smith at pick 24, Smith had an up’n down season with the Yale Lions where he led the team in scoring but struggled with consistency. Ethan Chadwick was the first goalie taken by the Blades at pick 47, a positional goalie with dynamic reflexes and high level athleticism. They then took two smooth skating defensemen back to back with Cale Ashcroft and Ben Sanderson, both are fluid puck distributors who transition the puck very well. The best value pick was Ty Daneault, a gritty goal scoring winger who plays a big mans game despite his lack of size. The final picks were then chosen on players who have assets but need to work on different areas in order to find success at the Junior level, whether that be on skating or strength or skill or smarts. The Blades were the only team to take a 2003 born player in the draft with Cash Arnston at 283. They also have Regina’s first round pick next season.

After having an abundance of high picks throughout the years, the Saskatoon Blades are currently in there window to win a WHL Championship. After getting to the conference semi-finals last season, they will be looking to build on last season’s success. However, losing the likes of Dawson Davidson, Brandon Schuldhaus, and Max Gerlach to age and having to choose between several 99’s, there will be many holes to fill this off season for the Blades. Potentially having up to three losses in there forward group next year, first round pick Colton Dach is the first to fill one of those spots up front. Other like Braden Plaschewsky, Davis Frank, and Brady Nicholas could fill some of those depth spots as well. On the back end the Blades have two openings as of right now, filled with Marek Schneider and an older camp invite like Gabruch. High hopes for the Saskatoon Blades as they are contenders in the East.

9th Overall – Brandon Lisowsky; 24th Overall – Hayden Smith; 47th Overall – Ethan Chadwick; 76th Overall – Cale Ashcroft; 89th Overall – Ben Sanderson; 151st Overall – Ty Daneault; 160th Overall – Pavel Bocharov; 173rd Overall – Nicholas Wolfenberg; 180th Overall – Mason Bueckerts; 217th Overall – Sam Callahan; 239th Overall – Aiden Celebrini; 261st Overall – Austin Elliot; 283rd Overall – Cash Arnston

Best Value Pick: Ty Daneault (151st Overall) – Red Deer Rebels (AMBHL)

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

  1. Kyle Crnkovic (Forward) – Saskatoon Blades/WHL (2002)
  2. Brandon Lisowsky (Forward) – BWC Academy/CSSBHL (2004)
  3. Aiden De La Gorgendiere (Defense) – Saskatoon Blades/WHL (2002)
  4. Colton Dach (Forward) – Fort Sask Rangers/AMHL (2003)
  5. Marek Schneider (Defense) – Prince Albert Pirates/SMHL (2003)
  6. Kalen Szeto (Forward) – Langley Riverman/BCHL (2002)
  7. Charlie Wright (Defense) – NAX Academy/Elite 15s (2003)
  8. Hayden Smith (Forward) – Yale Lions/CSSBHL (2004)
  9. Braden Plaschewsky (Forward) – Calgary Buffaloes/AMHL (2002)
  10. Koen MacInnes (Goalie) – BWC Academy/CSSHL (2002)

Potential Rookie’s 2019-2020

Braden Plaschewsky (2002)

Colton Dach (2003)

Koen MacInnes (2002)

Brady Nicholas (2001)

Alex Ozar (2002)

Davis Frank (2002)

Zachary Gabruch (2001)