Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bantam Draft '11

One of the best ways to have a winning team is to draft and develop your players well.  The Warriors will look to the Assistant Hockey Operations Director, Rob MacLachlan along with the Warriors scouting staff of Bob Bartlett (AB/USA), Dale Britton (AB), Ed Williamson (AB), Jim Hardington (BC), Mark Penny (SK), Rod Huff (MB), Doug Gasper (SK) and Bill Brett (BC) to select the best players in the upcoming draft.   These individuals spend hours travelling and observing young hockey players in preparation for the annual Bantam draft. 

The players who are drafted will be born in 1996, making them 14 or 15 years old.  The players drafted will not play for the tribe until they are at least 16 years old like 2009 draftees Morgan Rielly, Brayden Cuthbert and Andrew Johnson did this past season. 

The WHL Bantam Draft is an opportunity for WHL Clubs to replenish their systems with graduating Bantam-aged players.  The order of selection for the first round of the draft is determined by a weighted lottery consisting of the six non-playoff teams.  The draft order is based on the inverse overall standings from the regular season. 

2011 SELECTION ORDER                                                                                                                     
 The 2011 WHL Bantam Draft will see the Calgary Hitmen select first overall.  It marks the first time since their inaugural Bantam Draft that the Hitmen will have the first overall pick followed by the Swift Current Broncos and then the Lethbridge Hurricanes (from Regina).  The Moose Jaw Warriors hold the 14th overall pick.  The Broncos have two selections in the first as will the Wheat Kings.  The Hurricanes have two picks in the top 5 while the Saskatoon Blades hold no first round picks. 

Along with the 14th overall pick, the Warriors have three picks in the second round.  The tribe has the 33rd overall pick from Brandon from the 2009 season’s Travis Hamonic trade along with the 36th overall and the 44th pick from the Blades (Connor Cox trade). 

The Warriors will not have a pick in the 3rd and 4th rounds.  The Warriors will have Medicine Hat’s 5th round pick (18th pick in the round).  In the 6th round the Warriors have Portland’s pick (20th pick in the round). The tribe will have 14th selection in each subsequent round along with Kelowna’s pick in the 9th round.  The tribe has a total of 7 picks in rounds 5 to 10. 

1st round- 14th pick
2nd round- 33rd, 36th and 44th
3rd and 4th round- No pick
5th- 18th pick in the round
6th- 20th pick in the round
7th-10th- 14th pick in each round + Kelowna’s 9th round pick

In the 2010 draft, the Warriors had two first round picks and chose Carter Hansen 10th overall and the 21st pick in Torrin White.  In 2009, Morgan Rielly was taken 2nd overall.  In 2007, Quinton Howden was the first overall selection. The last time the Warriors had the 14th overall pick was in 1999.  They chose current Minnesota Wild player Kyle Brodziak.  In 2008, the Warriors held the 33rd pick and chose current Warrior Joey Kornelsen and they also held the 44th pick and chose defensemen Shayne Gwinner. 

Although it is always a positive to hold picks in the first few rounds—sometimes great players come out of later picks.  Some late and great picks chose by the Warriors include:  Brian Sutherby (6th round 94th overall in 1997), Troy Brouwer (7th round 115th overall in 2000), Riley Holzapfel (8th round 149th overall in 1991), Travis Hamonic (9th round 162 overall in 2003) and Joel Edmudson (6th round 121st overall in 2008). 

The draft will be live on  and posted on the Warriors website at  Be sure to follow the Warriors on facebook and twitter for up to date, real time updates throughout the draft.  Check out the Warriors blog for further stories and draft details.  The draft goes Thursday May 5th in Calgary. 

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