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BANTAM DRAFT RECAP: TIGERS SELECT 11 PLAYERS

Medicine Hat, AB — The Medicine Hat Tigers did very well at the 2015 edition of the Bantam Draft selecting 11 players, including 6 forwards, 4 defenseman and 1 goalie. The last time the Tigers selected more than 10 players in the draft was in 2012 and have only done it 7 times in the 25 year history of the Bantam Draft for the Tabbies.

The draft was highlighted by the Tigers 1st round selection when they took forward Ryan Chyzowski 17th overall. Chyzowski has some long blood lines with his father Dave playing 5 seasons in the NHL and older brother Nick playing with the Kamloops Blazers. Chyzowski recorded 24 points in 15 games with the Kamloops Blazers Bantam Tier 1 team, and also spending time with the midget AAA team. Chyzowski joins fellow Kamloops native Chad Butcher on the Tigers roster.

In their only selection between the pipes the Tigers took 6’1 goaltender Duncan McGovern from Winnipeg, Manitoba. McGovern appeared in 16 games during the season for the Winnipeg Monarch Bantam AAA squad this season, posting a 2.21 GAA and 0.921 SV % and also added 10 games in the playoffs with a 3.27 GAA.

The Tigers didn’t select an American eligible player this year, it is the first time since the 2008 draft when the Tigers selected 8 times, all from Western Canada.

Take a look at all of the Tigers prospects taken in the draft:

Name Position Hometown Height Weight Round Pick Overall
Ryan Chyzowski C/LW Kamloops, BC 6’0 175 1st 17th
Layne Matechuk D Colonsay, SK 5’10 150 2nd 40th
Cole Clayton D Strathmore, AB 6’0 167 3rd 46th
Baxter Anderson C Langley, BC 5’9 145 4th 83rd
Duncan McGovern G Winnipeg, MB 6’1 190 5th 91st
Michael Johnson RW Calgary, AB 5’10 180 5th 106th
Trevor Longo D North Vancouver, BC 5’11 165 6th 128th
Dawson Heathcote LW Nanaimo, BC 5’10 155 7th 150th
Josh McNeil C Sylvan Lake, AB 5’8 150 8th 172nd
Brennan Davis D Camrose, AB 5’9.75 140 9th 191st
Tucker Zdunich LW High River, AB 5’8 145 9th 194th

 

The Tigers congratulate all of their draft picks on their seasons and look forward to watching them develop over the next few years as they make their way to the WHL!

Next up for the Tigers is their annual prospects camp where many of the players selected will come out to show the coaching staff their talents. The camp takes place in June and dates and times will be available at a later date.

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