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BANTAM DRAFT TAKES PLACE THURSDAY MAY 4TH
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Medicine Hat, AB — The future is now for the Medicine Hat Tigers. The WHL’s annual Bantam Draft will take place this week, Thursday May 4th in Calgary to determine the next crop of future WHLers. Last season the Tigers selected Josh Williams with the 5th overall pick in the draft and the BC native has already made a splash as a Tiger suiting up in 4 games and scoring his 1st career goal.

The bantam draft is always a gamble as some kids will make the team that drafted them and sign, while other will continue to play hockey at other levels. However sometimes it is players who aren’t drafted who can make an impact. Like the story of Tyler Ennis who wasn’t drafted out of bantam. Instead the Tigers listed the shifty forward despite his small stature. Ennis would go on to be a star in the WHL, winning the WHL Championship in 2007.

This season the Tigers will pick 21st, their lowest draft pick since the 2007 Championship winning season. That year the Tigers would select Tyler Bunz. Bunz would go on to appear in 197 games between the pipes for Medicine Hat, the second most in franchise history. Bunz also left the Tigers after his 5 year career as franchise leader in minutes played and most wins.

Medicine Hat teams are traditionally built around the Bantam Draft rather than trades. In the 2016-17 season 14 of the 23 players were drafted by the Tigers.

Take a look at the previous 4 Bantam Drafts for the Tigers and the number of regular season games played in the WHL.

 

Year Round Pick Player Position Hometown WHL Games Played
2013 1 10 David Quenneville D Edmonton, AB 180
2013 2 32 Mason Shaw LW Lloydminster, AB 161
2013 2 35 Ryan Jevne C Edmonton, AB 140
2013 3 54 Marshall Skapski D Abbotsford, BC 0
2013 4 76 Austin McGrath G Lloydminster, AB 0
2013 6 115 Jordan Taupert C Medicine Hat, AB 0
2013 6 120 Max Gerlach RW Flower Mound, TX, USA 144
2013 6 123 Caleb Fantillo RW Coquitlam, BC 120 (70 w/ MH)
2013 8 164 Cale Makar D Calgary, AB 0
2013 10 208 Ryan Roberts D White City, SK 0
2014 1 17 James Hamblin C Edmonton, AB 123
2014 2 39 Rilan Rommelaere G Boissevain, MB 0
2014 3 56 Nicholas Doyle D Winnipeg, MB 0
2014 3 61 Tyler Preziuso RW Burnaby, BC 130
2014 4 72 Cameron Lockard RW Whitecourt, AB 0
2014 6 118 Dylan Cassie D Winnipeg, MB 0
2014 7 149 Sammy Walker C Edina, MN, USA 0
2014 8 158 Jack Harris D Prior Lake, MN, USA 0
2014 8 171 Kyle Kaufmann C West Vancouver, BC 0
2015 1 17 Ryan Chyzowski C/LW Kamloops, BC 58
2015 2 40 Layne Matechuk D Colonsay, SK 0
2015 3 46 Cole Clayton D Strathmore, AB 4
2015 4 83 Baxter Anderson C Burnaby, BC 6
2015 5 91 Duncan McGovern G Winnipeg, MB 7
2015 5 106 Michael Johnson RW Calgary, AB 0
2015 6 128 Trevor Longo D North Vancouver, BC 0
2015 7 150 Dawson Heathcote LW Nanaimo, BC 1
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
2016 1 5 Josh Williams RW Langley, BC 4
2016 2 28 Daniel Baker D Edmonton, AB 0
2016 2 34 Henrik Rybinski RW Vancouver, BC 0
2016 3 55 Ryden Fedyck D Winnipeg, MB 0
2016 3 63 Jalen Price RW Campbell River, BC 0
2016 4 72 Mattie Boonstra D Garson, MB 0
2016 5 94 Kaleb McEachern G Penticton, BC 0
2016 7 138 Corson Hopwo C Duncan, BC 0
2016 9 182 Logan Ganie LW Irma, AB 0

 

The draft takes place on Thursday and you too can follow the 1st Round and subsequent rounds on whl.ca starting at 9am.

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