Future Cast: Vancouver Giants

2019 WHL Draft Summary

Not selecting until around the mid-way point of the second round, the Giants took risks on a few players while also mixing in a few safe picks in there as well. They opened up there 2019 draft class with two skilled players in Joshua Niedermayer and Bowden Singleton. Joshua, son of Scott Niedermayer, is a sturdy two-way defensemen that has the tool set and mental game to be a gamer in the WHL. Singleton is currently committed to the University of North Dakota but if he were to commit to the WHL, he would have been regarded as a top ten prospect in this draft class. After the two second rounders, Damian Palmeri was taken at pick 87, a hard-nosed two-way defensemen with a big frame and a tenacious defensive style of game. The Giants then took there first of three Americans at pick 99, Colton Langkow is the son of Daymond Langkow a former NHLer. Two picks in Julien Cull and Mesele Klassen at 109 and 131, both are stocky and skilled individuals that love to carry the play on there own and thrived in their own offensive catalyst roles this past season. At 153 Adam Hamilton was taken, like Palmeri’s he’s a defensemen thats tough to play against given how physical and intimidating he is, Hamilton stands at 6’4 and imposes it every chance he gets. Jaeger Murdock was our favourite pick by the Giants, he’s got a projectable tool-kit to become a WHL player with silky hands and a fearless game in corners, reminded us of Fin Williams. The last Canadian picked by the Giants was Lynden Hanvold of the OHA Penticton Bantam Prep, a smooth skating defensemen that play a sound reliable two-way game. Jimmy Clark and Jack Seaverson were also taken, both are coveted American born players who will need some major recruiting in order to see them potentially in a Vancouver Giants jersey one day. 

Coming off of a WHL finals appearance, the Giants will be hungry to get back to that spot in the 2019-2020 season. What is fortunate for the Giants is that they have a stockpiled prospect pool that every other team would covet, unfortunately for the Giants they have some big shoes to fill for next season. Already losing three 20-year-olds due to age, the Giants may also lose the likes of Bowen Byram, Milos Roman, and David Tendeck to professional teams while also having to choose between many ’99s for over age positions. This leaves many openings for young guns to come in and flash what they have. Zack Ostapchuk and Krz Plummer are two rookies that we fully expect to make the team out of camp while the arrival of Jackson Shepard from Lethbridge fills the other possible opening on offence. Forward prospects like John Little or Connor Wetsch will have to make a big impact at camp to find a spot. On defence the Giants only lose a couple of players, Vancouver has two high level 02 defenceman prospects in Joel Sexsmith and Tanner Brown who will fill any openings on the back end. It will be interesting to see if any college committed players choose to take the WHL route with Vancouver. 

30th Overall – Josh Niedermayer; 43rd Overall – Bowden Singleton; 87th Overall – Damian Palmeri; 99th Overall – Colton Langkow; 109th Overall – Julien Cull; 131st Overall – Mesele Klassen; 153rd Overall – Adam Hamilton; 175th Overall – Jaeger Murdock; 197th Overall – Jack Seaverson; 219th Overall – Lynden Hanvold; 241st Overall – Jimmy Clark

Best Value Pick: Jaeger Murdock (175th Overall) – BWC Academy (CSSBHL)

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

  1. Justin Sourdif (Forward) – Vancouver Giants/WHL (2002)
  2. Bowden Singleton (Forward) – NAX Academy/CSSBHL (2004) *Committed to North Dakota
  3. Cole Shepard (Forward) –  Penticton Vee’s/BCHL (2002) *Committed to Harvard
  4. Zack Ostapchuk (Forward) – NAX Academy/CSSHL (2003)
  5. Joel Sexsmith (Defense) – Delta Midget Prep/CSSHL (2002)
  6. Tanner Brown (Defense) – Delta Midget Prep/CSSHL (2002)
  7. Krz Plummer (Forward) – Delta Midget Prep/CSSHL (2002)
  8. Joshua Niedermayer (Defense) – OHA Penticton/CSSBHL (2004)
  9. Drew Sims (Goalie) – Delta Midget Prep/CSSHL (2003)
  10. John Little (Forward) – Salmon Arms Silverbacks/BCHL (2002)

Potential Rookie’s 2019-2020

Zack Ostapchuk (2003)

John Little (2002)

Joel Sexsmith (2002)

Tanner Brown (2002)

Krz Plummer (2002)

Max Bulawka (2001)