Category «WHL Draft»

Future Cast: Portland Winterhawks

2019 WHL Draft Summary A team that has never shy’d away from taking American born players took four more in this years draft, including our top ranked American with there final selection in the draft. Focusing more on the Canadian side, the Winterhawks took seven Canadian born players in this years draft. With there first pick coming late in the third round, they took Delta Green captain Kyle Chyzowski with … Read more

Prospect Profile: Henry Smith

Name: Henry Smith Team: Delta Green (CSSHL) Position: Defense Hometown: Richmond, British Columbia Height/Weight: 5’11 165lbs Hand: Right WHL Draft: 34th Overall – Medicine Hat Tigers DraftGeek Rank: 35   Areas of Strength Heavy Shot Defensive Positioning Communication Areas of Weakness Pace Consistency Report: Henry Smith is one of the top two-way defensive prospects coming out of B.C. in this year’s WHL Bantam Draft. Smith is a product of the … Read more

Future Cast: Moose Jaw Warriors

2019 WHL Draft Summary The Moose Jaw Warriors came into the draft without a selection in the first three rounds of the draft, but after trading Jett Woo to the Calgary Hitmen they were able to make a pick in the first round selecting Denton Mateychuk at 11th overall. Mateychuk is regarded as the best puck distributing defensemen in the draft who plays a puck dominant game with tenacity. The … Read more

Prospect Profile: Rhett Melnyk

Name: Rhett Melnyk Team: Fort Saskatchewan Rangers (AMBHL) Position: Forward Hometown: Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Height/Weight: 5’9 155lbs Hand: Right WHL Draft: 33rd Overall – Tri City Americans DraftGeek Rank: 51   Areas of Strength Offensive Positioning Finishing in Tight Scoring Instincts Areas of Weakness Playmaking off the Wall Teammate Utilization Consistency Lateral Mobility Report: Did not play at the Alberta Cup due to nursing of an injury, Melnyk may be … Read more

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 … Read more

Prospect Profile: Kalem Parker

Name: Kalem Parker Team: Martensville Marauders (SBAAHL) Position: Defense Hometown:  Height/Weight:  Hand: Right WHL Draft: 32nd Overall – Victoria Royals DraftGeek Rank: 113th   Areas of Strength Puck Mobility Offensive Abilities Intensity Areas of Weakness  Size Defensive Positioning Strength in Corners Report: A right shot defenseman who scored 36 points over 30 games with the SBAAHL winning Martensville Marauders. Kalem Parker is a two-way defender who’s a solid puck rusher … Read more

Future Cast: Lethbridge Hurricanes

2019 WHL Draft Summary Despite not selecting in the first two rounds of the draft, the Lethbridge Hurricanes were able to make due with their selections and draft quality prospects with the hand given to them.  Selecting forwards who are big and possess loads of speed down the wing and defensemen who are steady defensively but have skill to input on the offensive game. In particular the selection of Reid … Read more

Prospect Profile: Zach Turner

Name: Zach Turner Team: Southwest Cougars (WPG-AAA) Position: Defense Hometown:  Height/Weight: 5’10 140lbs Hand: Left WHL Draft: 31th Overall – Brandon Wheat Kings DraftGeek Rank: 62nd   Areas of Strength Quick Transitioning Defensive Recoveries Skating Areas of Weakness Offensive Consistency Puck Management Defensive Positioning Report: Finishing the season with 28 points in 36 regular season games with the Southwest Cougars. Turner has consistently become more confident this past season, looking … Read more

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 … Read more

Prospect Profile: Joshua Niedermayer

Name: Joshua Niedermayer Team: OHA Penticton (CSSHL) Position: Defense Hometown: Newport Beach, California Height/Weight: 5’11 197lbs Hand: Left WHL Draft: 30th Overall – Vancouver Giants DraftGeek Rank: 26th   Areas of Strength All-Situations Player Suffocating Defensive Game Power Play Quarterback Qualities Areas of Weakness Over Committing Defensively Mobility Report: Son of NHL Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer, Josh’s already possess the necessary frame work to play in the WHL. A … Read more