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2018 WHL BANTAM DRAFT THURSDAY, MAY 3RD

Medicine Hat, AB – The Medicine Hat Tigers have the 11th pick overall in this year’s WHL Bantam Draft that will take place Thursday, May 3rd, in Red Deer, AB.

Medicine Hat’s teams have traditionally been built from the drafts, as opposed to from trades. The 2017/18 Central Division Champion team featured 12 out of 25 players drafted by Medicine Hat in the bantam draft. Two players from that team were also drafted by the Tabbies in the CHL Import Draft that will take place later this summer.

Although the bantam draft is an important milestone in young hockey player’s life, players who are not drafted can still find success in the WHL. Three key players from the 2017/18 roster were not drafted, most notably Captain Mark Rassell. Rassell was able to find success in his four season suiting up for the Orange and Black, including becoming the 31st Tiger to score 100 WHL Career Goals, as well as hitting the 50 goal in a single season milestone this past year.

Last season the Tigers had the 21st pick overall, their lowest draft pick since the 2007 Championship winning season.  Goaltender Garin Bjorklund from Grande Prairie, AB, was Medicine Hat’s 2017 first round pick. Bjorklund has since suited up for the 2017 WHL Cup, winning all three games played with a 2.00 GAA and a .878 SAV%.

Below is a list of the Tigers’ last three years’ draft picks and the number of regular season WHL games they have played.

Year Round Pick Player Position Hometown WHL Games Played
2017 1 21 Garin Bjorklund G Grande Prairie, AB 0
2017 2 43 Scout Truman F Lethbridge, AB 0
2017 3 65 Ryan Watson  D Delta, BC 0
2017 4 87 Noah Danielson C Olds, AB 0
2017 5 110 Brett Meerman LW Blackfalds, AB 0
2017 6 131 Kadyn Chabot C Lethbridge, AB 0
2017 8 175 Austin Dycer D Yorkton, SK 0
2017 9 197 Brayden Kapty D Coalhurst, AB 0
2017 10 219 Stephen Rosier F Calgary, AB 0
2017 11 241 Tyler Bates D Calgary, AB 0
2017 12 263 Samuel Deckhut C San Diego, CA 0
2017 13 285 Talon Zakall D Kamloops, BC 0
2017 14 307 Davis Chorney C Nipawin, SK 0
2016 1 5 Josh Williams RW Langley, BC 51
2016 2 28 Daniel Baker D Edmonton, AB 11
2016 2 34 Henry Rybinski RW Vancouver, BC 63
2016 3 55 Ryden Fedyck D Winnipeg, MB 0
2016 3 63 Jalen Price RW Campbell River, BC 0
2016 4 72 Matthew  Boonstra D Garson, ON 0
2016 5 94 Kaleb McEachern G Penticton, BC 0
2016 7 138 Corson Hopwo C Duncan, BC 1
2016 9 182 Logan Ganie LW Irma, AB 0
2015 1 18 Ryan Chyzowski C/LW Kamloops, BC 130
2015 2 40 Layne Matechuk D Colonsay, SK 0
2015 3 46 Cole Clayton D Strathmore, AB 60
2015 4 83 Baxter Anderson C Burnaby, BC 51
2015 5 91 Duncan McGovern G Winnipeg, MB 42
2015 5 106 Michael Johnson RW Calgary, AB 0
2015 6 128 Trevor Longo D North Vancouver, BC 22
2015 7 150 Dawson Heathcote LW Nanaimo, BC 48
2015 8 172 Josh McNeil C Sylvan Lake, AB 6
2015 9 191 Brennan Davis D Camrose, AB 0
2015 9 194 Tucker Zdunich LW High River, AB 0

 

The 2018 draft takes place Thursday and you can follow along on whl.ca or check out the Tigers’ twitter account for Medicine Hat draft picks.

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