The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery was held this morning and the Seattle Thunderbirds came out of no where to land the first overall selection. The only teams who had a chance of landing the first overall pick were the Prince Albert Raiders, Prince George Cougars and the Seattle Thunderbirds as the maximum a team could move up was 2 spots. The Thunderbirds who finished 3rd last had a chance with 4 balls in the drum, compared to the 6 for Prince Albert and 5 for Prince George. With their ball being drawn which was a 4/21 chance, they will have the ball in their court so to speak as to whom to select. Of course, it is no secret that Matt Barzal is viewed by everyone, us included, as the top player in the draft. We will see what they decided to do on May 3!
Seattle Thunderbirds First Round Picks over the years
2011 - C - Ryan Gropp (7th overall)
2010 - D - Jared Hauf (4th overall)
2009 - RW Brandon Troock (12th overall)
2007 - D - Erik Fleming (16th overall)
2008 - D - Connor Sanvido (14th overall)
The BC Provincials are well underway in several locations across the province. Here below is a brief summary of what has gone on thus far. There will be much more in Friday's newsletter as far as re-caps or previews are concerned.
BC Bantam Tier 1
BWC 3-0-0 17-1
Cloverdale 3-0-0 19-3
Kelowna 1-1-1 8-11
Kamloops 1-2-0 9-14
Victoria 0-2-1 6-13
Prince George 0-3-0 6-20
At this point, there have been no real surprises as it looks like BWC and Cloverdale will meet in the final tomorrow night to see who advances to Spruce Grove and the westerns. The only way that doesn't happen is if BWC loses to Kelowna and Cloverdale and Kelowna is able to defeat Kamloops tonight.
BWC - Campbell River in Final
In the BC Bantam 2 provincials which are being played in the West Kootenay Rossland-Trial region. There are nine teams taking part from various regions around BC. In the end, it will be BWC B2 vs. Campbell River in the final. BWC has been led in the tournament by Kenessary Kylyshbek and Jake Kryski who have scored in 3 of the 4 games played. For Campbell River, Grady McInnis has been on fire with 10 goals in 4 games, which has included 2 - 5 goal games. Gavin Rauser has been outstanding as well for them.
Other players who have shown well at the B2 Provincials:
Mission - Brice Sharp, Jacob Kranabetter
Rossland-Trail - Sam Swanson, Cole Gallo and Russ Armour
Cranbrook - Cory Prevost, Matt Barzily and Trevor Van Steinberg, Jesse Wallace
Westside - Jesse Mills
Ft. St. John - Lane Delfs, Bryson Eklund
The North East Wolfpack will move on to the SBAAHL final by virtue of a 3-2 2OT win over Sask Valley last night. 98 born F - Jordan Borstmayer was the hero. North East will now move on to play the Balgonie Prairie Storm in the final. We will have a full preview with some comments etc in the Friday newsletter. Stay tuned.
As mentioned earlier, Pembina Valley have advanced to play the Winnipeg Warriors in the Bantam AAA final. The winner will move on to Spruce Grove to play in the Western Canada Bantam Hockey Championship in the beginning of April.
Also, Hockey Manitoba held three Bantam showcases throughout the season. Here is the All-star team as selected by Hockey Manitoba:
F - Meyer Nell - Westman
F- Michael Wirth - Pembina Valley
F- Kirk Lycar - Eastman
D- Lawson Macdonald - Pembina Valley
D- Hayden Yaremko - Norman
G- Tyson Verhelst - Brandon
Here is the Rural Provincial AAA All-star team as selected by Hockey Manitoba:
F - Colt Conrad - Pembina Valley
F- Tyler Jeasnon - Pembina Valley
F- Jordy Stallard - Brandon
D- Lawson Macdonald - Pembina Valley
D- James Shearer - Brandon
G- Hayden Dola - Interlake
Finally, the BC Peewee Championships are going on currently in Langley, BC. The favourites heading in were NSWC, Langley and Kelowna. To this point, the only undefeated squad is NSWC which included a big 5 -1 win last night over Langley. The odds on favourite to be ranked #1 in our official '99 born rankings to be released after the bantam - Jordy Bellerive scored 2-2-4, Ethan Dejong had 2 goals and Justin Almeida scored 1-2-3. Brett Stapley also had 3 assists. NSWC out-shot Langley 46-18.
Scoring Leaders (through day 2)
1. Jordy Bellerive 7-5-12 (3gp) - NSWC
2. Brett Stapley 4-6-10 (3gp) - NSWC
3. Logan Bronhead 7-1-8 (3gp) - Coquitlam
4. David Laurin 3-5-8 (3gp) - Langley
5. James Malm 3-3-6 (3gp) - Langley
6. Jonathan Stein 3-2-5 (3gp) - Langley
7. Justin Almeida 3-2-5 (3gp) - NSWC
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