Medicine Hat, AB — The Medicine Hat Tigers were looking to continue to stock the cupboard on Thursday morning, heading into the 2016 Bantam Draft. The Draft marks players from Western Canada and Western United States born in 2001 having the opportunity to be selected.
With the 5th overall pick the Tigers selected Josh Williams from Langley, BC. Williams is a 6’0 170lb forward who played with the Yale Hockey Academy Bantams, suiting up in 25 games and recording 35 goals, 24 assists for 59 points. Josh contributed another 8 points in 4 playoff games. With Josh’s high end skill, he was called up to the Elite 15 year old division, scoring another 4 points in 5 games.
Williams was named the Bantam prep Division MVP for this past season, joining Ty Smith, last season’s 1st overall pick in the 2015 Bantam Draft.
“Josh can play both a skill and physical type of game. He is a big body and has shown that he is capable of scoring at the Bantam level. We are thrilled to have Josh and his family join our organization,” said Tigers Director of Player Development Darren Kruger.
Williams is the 26th first round selection by the Tigers in franchise history since the bantam draft started in 1990. Williams joins the likes of current Tigers James Hamblin (2014), David Quenneville (2013), and Ty Schultz (2012) who were all taken in the 1st round.
The Tigers will have two selections in the second round 28th and 34th overall. The Tigers also have the 55th, 63rd, 72nd, 94th, 138th, 204th, 226th, 248th heading into round 12.