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Annual Bantam Mock Draft

This will be the final post of the 2013-2014 bantam season.  After the completion of the bantam draft on Thursday, our focus will immediately shift to the 2000 age group with ample coverage of the first year bantams in the 2001 age class as well.  We would like to wish all players in the 1999 age group the best on draft day.  Players should be reminded that each year many talented players are not selected and turn out to be great junior players and even pro players down the road.  Projecting 14 year old players is anything but an easy task but that is what we do here!  Until then, here is our annual Bantam Mock Draft that we supply each year a day or two before the actual draft.

  1. Brandon Wheat Kings

RW Stelio Mattheos – Winnipeg Monarchs (WPGAAA)

Very powerful player. Very fast with great balance which he uses to drive the net and make power moves on defencemen. Very difficult to contain on the rush or down low. Very strong on draws. Has a very heavy shot. Changes the release point of his shot well, finds shooting seams well, Has excellent shot selection.  Has very good vision, but often makes blind passes. Could be a little more patient with the puck in the offensive zone at times. Protects the puck very well and has decent hands, but isn’t a dangler. 

 Previous Picks

2011-2012 – F – Braylon Schmyr (16th overall)

2012-2013 – F – Nolan Patrick (4th overall)

2012-2013 – D – Kale Clague (6th overall)

Brandon Wheat Kings (10 year history) – 11 selections

Average Selection – 12th overall

Highest Selection – 4th in 2013 – Nolan Patrick

7 forwards, 3 defence, 1 goalie

BC – 1, AB – 5, SK – 3, MB – 2

Brandon’s first selection in 7 of their past 8 bantam drafts has been a forward.

  1. Lethbridge Hurricanes

C Jordy Bellerive – NSWC Winterhawks (PCAHA)

Powerful forward. Has a wide stance in stride. Generates great top speed and can shift directions quickly. Impossible to knock off stride or push off the puck.  Has very good hands, but doesn’t really dangle. Prefers to protect the puck and make power moves. Plays physically at both ends. Makes plays at tempo and will find teammates when he’s in traffic, but doesn’t have elite playmaking ability. Drives the net well and drives lanes to create space. Has a wicked snap shot that he gets off quickly. Quarterbacks the first powerplay and can one time well from the top. May project better as a winger.

 Previous Picks

2011-2012 – F – Giorgio Estephan (4th overall)

2011-2012 – D – Thomas Lenchyshyn (18th overall)

2012-2013 – G – Stuart Skinner (17th overall)

Lethbridge Hurricanes – 12 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 10th overall.

Highest Selection – Ryan Pilon – 3rd overall in 2011 and Jay Merkley – 3rd overall in 2010

7 forwards, 4 defence, 1 goalie

BC – 1, AB – 6, SK – 3, MB – 2

3.  Kamloops Blazers

RD Nolan Kneen – NSWC Winterhawks (PCAHA)

Is an excellent skater overall. Plays aggressively and is a punishing hitter. Shows good patience on the powerplay and moves the puck well, but would like to see him shoot more. Has some questionable decision making on the breakout and in the neutral zone. A safe pick in the first round, but his top end upside may be limited which may see other defenceman surpass him on draft day.

Previous Picks

2011-2012 – F – Jayden Halbgewachs (19th overall)

2012-2013 – F – Quinn Benjafield (19th overall)

Kamloops Blazers – 10 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 11th overall.

Highest Selection – Jordan Thomson – 4th overall in 2011.

8 forwards, 2 defence

BC – 3, AB – 3, SK 3, MB – 1

  1. Moose Jaw Warriors

RD – Josh Brook – Notre Dame Hounds (MIDGET AA)

 Great skater in all aspects.  Great at jumping up and supporting the rush or leading it himself.  Has a top end point shot that he gets off quickly and through traffic.  He also has a terrific wrist shot when he is closer in on the powerplay and off the rush.   Very competitive and hard working. Battles hard on pucks in the corners.  Will initiate contact and is effective taking the body, but isn’t punishing.  A versatile player and excellent on the PP.  Needs some work on his defensive zone positioning and maintaining better gaps.  Could see a team looking for mobility on the back end taking him high.

 Previous Picks

2011-2012 – No Selection

2012-2013 – Brett Howden (5th overall)

Moose Jaw Warriors – 10 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 11th overall.

Highest Selection – Quinton Howden – 1st overall in 2007.

8 forwards, 2 defence

BC – 2, AB – 3, SK – 2, MB – 3

  1. Prince George Cougars

F  Justin Almeida – NSWC Winterhawks (PCAHA)

Has elite hockey sense.  Very quick and shifty skater.  Has great vision and makes plays at tempo and when under pressure.  Has decent speed, but mostly relies on his quickness and agility.  Has extremely smooth hand and great puck control.  Not overly physical, but is always in the play competing and supporting the puck.

 Previous Picks

2011-2012 – F – Jansen Harkins (2nd overall)

2011-2012 – F – Brad Morrison (7th overall)

2012-2013 – D – Josh Anderson (3rd overall)

Prince George Cougars – 11 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 7th overall.

Highest Selection – Ryan Kerr – 1st overall in 2004, Alex Forsberg – 1st overall in 2010.

5 forwards, 6 defence

BC – 6, AB 1, SK – 3, MB – 1

  1. Red Deer Rebels

LW Michael Rasmussen – OHA (IND)

Powerful centreman with a well rounded game. Is physical and plays with an edge all over the ice. Has a very high compete level. Very good skater all around with tremendous balance and a good top gear. Is always around the puck, supporting the play and engaging in battles for loose pucks. Has a good sense of timing when to get himself into open ice to get the puck. Solid defensively with good awareness. Goes to the net and all hard areas. Is a team player in that sense. Has good vision and passes well. Is not an overly creative player, but creates plays with grit and smarts. Easy top ten pick.

 Previous Picks

2011-2012 – Adam Musil (6th overall)

2012-2013 – Jeff De Wit (14th overall)

Red Deer Rebels – 10 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 9th overall

Highest Selection – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – 1st overall in 2008.

8 forwards, 2 defence

BC – 4, AB – 5, SK – 1

  1. Tri City Americans

 C Jaret Anderson-Dolan – Edge Mountaineers (IND)

Excellent vision and poise. Extremely aware in the offensive zone. Gets shots on net quickly. Controls shot well and can unleash a heavy  quick shot. Has excellent foot speed and can accelerate quickly, has good soft hands,is good on face offs, is always a risk to score whenever on the ice, only downside is would like to see become more aggressive when going to the net, good prospect,definite 1st Rounder.

Previous Picks

2011-2012 – Parker Wotherspoon (21st overall)

2012-2013 – Parker Aucoin (15th overall)

Tri City Americans – 8 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 14th overall.

Highest Selection – Connor Rankin – 7th overall in 2009 and Eric Mestery – 7th overall in 2005.

4 forwards, 3 defence, 1 goalie

BC – 3, AB – 1, Sk – 1,  MB – 2, USA – 1

  1. Vancouver Giants

 LD  Scott Walford – OHA (IND)

Very intelligent player. Reads rushes well and positions himself with excellent gaps. Uses his stick very well to break up plays and has a terrific poke-check.  Closes gaps well and plays physically. Communicates well with teammates on the rush and on breakouts. Great skater with good speed, smooth transitions, evasive moves and agility. Has a great point shot that he is good at finding seams with. True strength lies in his puck moving. He is very patient with the puck in all three zones, makes solid decisions and is a terrific passer. Easily one of the top defenceman available.

Previous Picks

2011-2012 – Ty Ronning (15th overall)

2012-2013 – Tyler Benson (1st overall)

Vancouver Giants – 11 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 16th overall.

Highest Selection – Tyler Benson – 1st overall in 2013.

7 forwards, 3 defence, 1 goalie

BC – 7, AB – 3, Sk – 1

  1. Prince Albert Raiders

 RD Jantzen Leslie – Lloydminster Heat (AMBHL)

Big defender with excellent poise and vision.  Moves the puck quickly and smartly when under pressure.  Has a heavy point shot and can produce without prime powerplay time.  Not a terrific skater, but has tremendous power and can cover a lot of ice.  Works very hard and finishes all his checks.  Very aware in both ends.  Showed well when pushed at the JRMT.  Very steady shift to shift.  Plays with character and has big upside. Should be a high pick based on ability, potential, and character.

Previous Picks

2011-2012 – Brendan Guhle (3rd overall)

2012-2013 – Jake Kryski (13th overall)

Prince Albert Raiders – 10 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 8th overall

Highest Selection – Brendan Guhle – 3rd overall in 2012.

6 forwards, 4 defence

BC – 2, AB – 6, Sk – 2

        10.  Vancouver Giants

C Brendan Semchuk – Kamloops Jardine Blazers (OMAHA)

Is a sure thing top 6 pick in the draft, effortless skater who has an extra gear that allows him to breeze by defenders, can dangle in tight, has great hands and a big league shot that he gets away quickly, is willing to go hard to the net and pay the price, isn’t afraid and has a high compete level,  isn’t selfish with the puck ,his great skating ,soft hands ,and above hockey IQ make him an elite prospect.

Previous Picks

2011-2012 – Ty Ronning (15th overall)

2012-2013 – Tyler Benson (1st overall)

Vancouver Giants – 11 selections

Average Selection – 16th overall.

Highest Selection – Tyler Benson – 1st overall in 2013.

7 forwards, 3 defence, 1 goalie

BC – 7, AB – 3, Sk – 1

 

 

11.   Kootenay Ice

C Jake Leschyshyn – Saskatoon Stallion (SBAAHL)

Jake is a very responsible player and both ends of the ice.  He reads the play very well and as able to intercept passes and turn them in to scoring chances due to sound positioning.  He has good hands and vision and works extremely hard.  He also possesses a good shot and is a well above average skater.  Jake hit a growth spurt this season and grew about 6 inches but it hasn’t affected his play.  Jake is a solid top 10 selection.

Previous Picks

2011-2012 – D – Troy Murray (10th overall)

2012-2013 – F – Jared Legien (9th overall)

Kootenay Ice – 10 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 14th overall.

Highest Selection – John Negrin – 7th overall in 2004.

6 forwards, 3 defence, 1 goalie

BC – 4, AB – 1, SK – 5

          12.  Swift Current Broncos

 Def  Dominic Schmiemann – Notre Dame Hounds (MIDGETAA)

Skates very well for his size, and can be very elusive with fakes and escape moves.  Handles the puck very well in all areas and is very patient holding it along  the blue line.  Passes well and generally makes good decisions.  Does not possess elite vision however and has limited creativity which may limit his offensive  upside, but can definitely contribute there.  Has a good point shot with either his wrister or slapshot.  Maintains good gaps and uses his stick well to break up plays.  Should be a high pick.  Should be a solid shutdown guy with some offensive contributions to make.

Previous Picks

2011-2012 – Glenn Gawdin (5th overall)

2012-2013 – Tyler Steenbergen (12th overall)

Swift Current Broncos – 11 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 9th overall.

Highest Selection – Brycen Martin – 2nd overall in 2011 and Geordie Wudrick – 2nd overall in 2004.

6 forwards, 5 defence

BC – 3, AB – 7, SK – 1

           13.  Regina Pats

C Dawson Holt – Saskatoon Generals (SBAAHL)

Previous Picks

2011-2012 – No Selection

2012-2013 – Sam Steel (2nd overall)

Regina Pats – 8 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 8th overall

Highest Selection – Colten Teubert – 1st overall in 2005

7 forwards, 1 defence

BC – 1, AB – 3, SK – 3

14.  Spokane Chiefs

Zane Franklin  – Lloydminster Heat (AMBHL)

May be the best pure sniper in the draft.  Can beat goalies from well above the circles with a variety of shots.  A good, but not overwhelming skater.  Likes to hit, but isn’t always quick to get up ice and engage on the fore-check.  Tremendous stick handler in traffic.  Is very patient with the puck and proficient at looking players off and faking to create space for himself.  Passes well and sees the ice well, but doesn’t possess elite playmaking ability.  Is likely smaller than listed and sometimes exhibits bad body language.  May have limited upside.

Previous Picks

2011-2012 – Evan Fiala (14th overall)

2012-2013 – Jeffrey Faith (16th overall)

Spokane Chiefs – 9 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 13th overall.

Highest Selection – Jared Cowen – 1st overall in 2006.

5 forwards, 4 defence

BC – 2, AB – 2, SK – 3, MB – 1, USA – 1

            15.  Everett Silvertips

RW/C  Josh Paterson  – Edmonton SSAC (AMBHL)

Very cerebral player.  Can slow games down and dominate.  Very good cycler as he is patient with the puck and makes excellent decisions.  Strong on the wall and can stickhandle out of traffic.  Very difficult to get the puck off of.  Has elite hockey sense and puck skills.  Needs to work on his skating speed and quickness so that he can be more of a threat off the rush and be more effective defensively.  Is a clinical finisher in close and can score from farther out with a nice release, but doesn’t overwhelm goalies with his shot.

Previous Picks

2011-2012 – Kevin Davis (11th overall)

2012-2013 – Tyson Jost (7th overall)

Everett Silvertips – 9 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 13th overall.

Highest Selection – Tyson Jost – 7th overall in 2013 and Ty Mappin – 7th overall in 2011.

4 forwards, 4 defence, 1 goalie

BC – 3, AB – 5, SK – 1

           16.  Seattle Thunderbirds

LD – Dylan Plouffe – Sherwood Park Flyers (AMBHL)

Can take over games.  Skating, especially foot speed and agility has improved tremendously from last year.  Can be very chaotic and hold the puck too long.  Needs to trust teammates with the puck more.  Can carry the puck up ice and is good at gaining the offensive zone.  Controls shot well from the blue line, but gets blocked often.  Hits fairly well.  Has some very poor habits defensively and does not play a strong team game.  Decision making skills is questionable.  Produces mainly on the power play.  Alberta Cup will be valuable for determining his final placement.

Previous Picks

2011-2012 – Matt Barzal (1st overall)

2011-2012 – Keegan Kolesar (20th overall)

2012-2013 – Dante Fabbro (8th overall)

2013-2014 – Kaden Elder (22nd overall)

Seattle Thunderbirds – 12 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 11th overall.

Highest Selection – Matt Barzal – 1st overall in 2012.

7 forwards, 5 defence

BC – 4, AB – 5, SK – 2, MB – 1

            17.  Medicine Hat Tigers

 LD  Max Martin – Winnipeg Monarchs (WPG AAA)

Very aggressive and like to hit, but is sometimes undisciplined.  Can get distracted with jostling after the whistle.  Needs to control his emotions better.  Overall a very good skater with good transitions and lateral movement on the blueline, but needs to put more effort into his first two steps to create more space for himself.  Leaves large gaps on the rush which is unnecessary with his mobility.  Gaps well in the defensive zone though.  Fronts himself in shooting lanes well in the defensive zone and blocks shots.  Needs to be more active and aggressive boxing players out of the net front.  Generally needs more urgency in his game.

Previous Picks

2011-2012 – Ty Schultz (16th overall)

2012-2013 – David Quenneville (12th overall)

Medicine Hat Tigers – 10 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 16th overall

Highest Selection – David Quenneville – 10th overall in 2013

4 forwards, 5 defence, 1 goalie

BC – 3, AB – 7

           18.  Victoria Royals

G – Ian Scott – Calgary Northstar Sabres (AMBHL)

The top goaltender in the draft.  Scott is a butterfly goalie who plays his angles well and is a large kid at nearly 6’3 already. 

Previous Picks

2011-2012 – Tyler Soy (8th overall)

2012-2013 – Chaz Reddekopp (13th overall)

Chilliwack/Victoria – 9 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 9th overall.

Highest Selection – Ryan Howse – 3rd overall in 2006

5 forwards, 4 defence

BC – 6, AB – 3

         19.  Portland Winterhawks

 F – James Malm – BWC Bruins (PCAHA)

James is a dynamic forward with great moves.  He is able to beat defenseman 1 on 1 and is very elusive in the offensive zone.  He needs to work on his work ethic and attitude on the ice.  Generates offence though consistently and is one of the more elite players available in this years draft.  Will need to adapt to a system to flourish in the future.

Previous Picks

2011-2012 – No Selection

2012-2013 – No Selection

Portland Winterhawks – 7 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 8th overall.

Highest Selection – Derrick Pouliot – 1st overall in 2009

6 forwards, 1 defence

BC – 3, AB – 3, SK – 1

            20.  Edmonton Oil Kings

D – Jarret Tyszka – Langley Eagles (PCAHA)

Jarret is a big rangy defenceman who does a lot of things good but nothing really great, is a good skater for a big guy, average mobility, doesn’t always use his size to his advantage, handles the puck ok and can make a good first pass, has a great shot from the point ,he battles and competes, would like to see a nasty streak in him ,should develop into a shut-down defenceman who can provide some offence from the back, should be a first rounder.

Previous Picks

2011-2012 – G – Patrick Dea (22nd overall)

2012-2013 -  No Selection

Edmonton Oil Kings - 7 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 9th overall.

Highest Selection – Curtis Lazar – 2nd overall in 2010

2 forwards, 4 defence, 1 goalie

BC – 2, AB – 4, MB – 1

           21.  Kelowna Rockets

F – Ryan Peckford – Spruce Grove PAC Saints (AMBHL)

Elite skater.  Tremendous patience with the puck to make high quality plays.  Could use points more.  Extremely elusive and strong along the boards.  Improving physical game.  Hits hard, but is not overly aggressive in the offensive zone.  Is much more physical defensively.  Very fast release on an accurate shot. Finds pucks in scrambles and can finish. Continuing to improve supporting the breakout and the defensive corners. Hard to knock off the puck when in stride.  Generates lots of shots in every viewing. Can dominate and slow the game down.

Previous Picks

2011-2012 – Nick Merkley (9th overall)

2012-2013 – Dillon Dube (21sst overall)

 

Kelowna Rockets – 10 selections (Past 10 bantam drafts)

Average Selection – 14th overall.

Highest Selection – Luke Moffatt – 2nd overall in 2007

6 forwards, 4 defence

BC – 2, AB – 3, SK – 3, USA – 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Comment

  1. I would like to see you do a comparison you were pretty far off this year I think! Anyone can guess the first 1-3 guys I would like to see how close you were in the later 4-100 range!

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