Final Stats included.
RankingsWe have expanded the 1997 age group rankings to now a top 225. The reason being is that there are approximetaly that many players drafted in the bantam draft each year. More movement has occured which includes several deletions off all lists and several new additions to the 97 born and 98 born western Canada lists. Had meetings to discuss primarily the top 4 rounds and thus has movement throughout the lists. The first round now suggests who we think a specific team may select in that spot. The 98 born rankings have been increased now to a top 150 as we prepared the shift over for after the bantam draft.
I had a chance to speak with one of the fastest risers in the draft from Manitoba. His two-way game is something scouts are prepared to use a high pick on come May 3.
Interviewed is one of the top goalies in the draft whose season ended far too soon. We think he'll be a definite top 10 goalie selected in the draft.
We take a look at a prospect who plays in rural hockey and doesn't get a lot of press but his talent is right up there with the best of them.
Lastly, I spoke with a 98 born defenseman who you will be hearing a lot from in what is a strong draft class for high end defenseman next year.
News and Notes/Tournament Re-Cap
We have decided to prune down the USA draft list to a top 30 who we feel have a good chance to play or want to play in the WHL one day. The WHL has never had more than 30 selections from south of the border on draft day.
Western Canada Bantam AAA Championship Preview
- A look at all the top teams, teams still alive in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba are included. Also we determine the favourites to win it all.
Sneak peak at the top 20 '99 born players. Full list will be included after the bantam draft in May.