In no specific order listed are 10 teams we think have a good chance to do some damage next season. Teams such as the Saskatoon teams who hold a draft prior to the season aren't known in terms of roster as well as some of the rural Manitoba teams as well. OHA, Notre Dame, POE and the other prep schools aren't known as of yet either. POE will hold their camp next week but we do know many who are trying out and/or returning.
Burnaby Winter Club
It remains to be seen if they will be the #1 ranked team and return to westerns or not at this point. Gone are the likes of first rounders Matt Barzal, Ty Schultz, Ty Ronning, Adam Musil and top goalie Nick McBride. However, one of the top forwards in western Canada will be making the move to BWC in Jaeger White who will be coming over from Medicine Hat. White had a successful first year in bantam, placing amongst the rookie scoring leaders in the AMBHL. Add to that a potential Top 5 defenseman for the 2013 in Dante Fabbro and other highly skilled players such as Kyle Uy, Jake Kryski, Ken Kylyshbek with dmen Cameron Ginnetti and Matt Barberis, the core looks good. Tyler Shugrue will take over the goaltending duties from Nick McBride. Rookie forwards Henry Rhyu and Alexander Horner should also add some depth.
North Shore Winter Club
Like BWC, NSWC will lose some of its star power but not nearly to the extent of BWC. NSWC loses 3rd overall bantam pick Jansen Harkins and a few of their top defenseman. Gone also is one of the highest selected goalie in Taz Burman. NSWC will look to an influx of players from the powerhouse Peewee squad led by highly touted Jordy Bellerive. He will be joined by Justin Almeida, Angus Crookshank, Brett Stapley and Nolan Kneen. The kingpin of the offence though will be centered around highly skilled Dante Hannoun with Tak Anholt and Quinn Benjafield adding some good secondary scoring as well. Kwan, Colebourne and Pouliot give NSWC a good defensive foundation.
Look for Langley to take a major jump in the standings next year in the PCAHA and replace the likes of Cloverdale and Semiahmoo near the top. Langley will look to Luke Gingras and D- Dennis Cholowski to lead the way. Kaelan Anderson should also help. They will also see an influx of several first year talented players like Alec Capstick, James Malm who are top 10 in the '99 age group. Jordan Hollett is a first year goalie who could very well be the starter.
A powerhouse each season now, POE will return some highly skilled forwards such as Ayre, Jose and McDonald. Word is that Noah Turanski will also make the move to POE. It isn't known who else will be on the squad yet but several of the players who we know are trying are very good and will make POE very good once again.
Aidrie had a very young squad last season and got better and better as the season went on. They had 6 first year players who many performed very well. They should be led up front by Jordan McConnell and Dillon Dube, both of whom were amonst the Aidrie scoring leaders last season. Defensively, Adamu Tanaka and Ryan Seefried both return. Kurtis Chapman was tremendous as a first year goalie with a .908 save percentage. Brandon Schuldhaus and Noah Philp will add some depth to the offence and should score. Look for '99 born Gary Haden to have a good chance to crack the roster and perhaps put up points too.
The Winnipeg Hawks will be made up from the squad who absolutely dominated the Winnipeg Bantam B2 division going 24-5-1, scoring over 4.5 GPG and allowing under 2.0 GPG. Leading the way will be first round rated prospect Nolan Patrick who in an injury shortened season had 40 points in just 17 games. Patrick is indeed from the famous NHL Patrick family. Vince Loschaivo, Connor Barley, Chase Brakel and Linden McCorrister were all amongst the leading scorers to name a few. In goal, it may not get any better in western Canada than Ryan Kubic who is amongst our top rated prospects. Adam Thurlbeck, Skyler Thorsteinson and Liam Schioler anchor a great defensive core.
Brandon Wheat Kings
The Brandon AA Wheatkings went 27-0-1 in the Winnipeg minor AA league last year and will look to star forwards Ty Lewis and Tanner Kaspick to lead the way. Ty Lewis ran away with the AA scoring race with 54-39-93 in 28 games, that was a 41 point lead over 2nd place Brendan Kokorudz. Lane Tufts was 3rd in league with 39 points and also with Brandon. Tanner Kaspick played age advanced hockey this past season in the Winnipeg AAA league and finished with 24 goals, placing him 3rd in the league in scoring. Defensively, Blake Jameson and Clark Nachtigal add some capable defensive play. Liam Shamray should handle the goaltending duties.
Balgonie Prairie Storm
The Prairie Storm are coming off a fantastic season in which they compiled a 21-2-1 league record. They also had 3 first round draft picks in Troy Murray, Jayden Halbgewachs and Brennan Riddle who all move on to the midget leagues now. However not all is lost in Balgonie for next season. Returning is Taylor Ross who put up 11-7-18 in 11 games during an injury shortened season. Nolan Reid is perhaps one of the top defenseman from Saskatchewan and Jeff Faith was also a very steady defenseman for the Prairie Strom as a afirst year. Jared Legien and Ryan Roberts should also add good depth as returning players. They will also get a huge boost from first year player Eamon Milligan. Milligan led the Regina and area Peewee league in scoring with 66 goals.
SSAC Southgate Lions
The power house program from south Edmonton will once again have a very strong team led by Tyler Benson, David Quenneville and both 98 born goalie return which invaluable experience. Quenneville won defenseman of the year in the North Division while Benson was 2nd in league scoring with 34-50-84. Stuart Skinner is going to be a very closely watched goalie heading in to next season as a first year he posted a 2.59 GAA and a .910%. Skinner is also already over 6'0 tall. Rookie players such as Jacob Thomas and Merrit Oszytko are other 98's who can add depth. However, the biggest influx of talent will come from Peewee provincial champion Edmonton Oil Kings. Josh Paterson, James Hamblin and Matthew Wedman should add instant offence.
The Bisons lose some star talent in Nick Merkley and Braylon Shmyr but will now look to the likes of Kyle Olson and Matthew Phillips to lead the team next year. Ryley Mckinstry, Josh Patrician and Kevin Pierce should give the Bisons and nice start on the blueline. Jake Ashton should make the team next year and could add some extra offensive punch along with Joren Petanaude. The Bisons will also have a good influx of 99 born talent to draw upon.
Feel free to add teams to the list of who to consider for top teams. There are many other teams who are right there at this point and could be considered.
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