Dallas, Texas – The Canadian Hockey League is proud to announce 78 CHL players have been selected during the 2018 NHL Draft, which concluded today at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

In total, 13 of 31 first-round selections developed this season in the CHL, however, for the first time since 2004, the Brandon Wheat Kings did not have a player chosen.

Since the 1967 NHL Amateur Draft, a total of 2,020 players have been selected out of the WHL.

Friday evening, two WHL players were selected in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft, including defencemen Ty Smith of the Spokane Chiefs (17th overall, New Jersey Devils) and Alexander Alexeyev of the Red Deer Rebels (31st overall, Washington Capitals).

Saturday began with Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Jett Woo being selected 37th overall by the Vancouver Canucks.

Swift Current Broncos goaltender Joel Hofer became the first WHL goaltender selected in the 2018 NHL Draft when the St. Louis Blues called his name in the fourth round (107th).

Among WHL Clubs, the Everett Silvertips and Vancouver Giants led the way, with each having three players selected in the 2018 NHL Draft. The Calgary Hitmen, Moose Jaw Warriors, Red Deer Rebels and Spokane Chiefs each saw two players selected.

One Wheat King expected to hear his name on Saturday was forward Luka Burzan. The former first round bantam draft choice of the Moose Jaw Warriors scored fifteen goals and 42 points in 72 games this past season and although the Surrey, B.C. product was looking forward to the day, he knew that this was definitely a possibility.

“I think whatever happens, you just have to keep going,” he recently told Perry Bergson of the Brandon Sun. “There have been lots of guys who were undrafted and had long careers in the NHL. I’m not worries.”

“Next year I have a lot to prove,” says Burzan, who was acquired by the Wheat Kings in a blockbuster deal at January’s WHL Trade Deadline. “There are people who are doubting me right now and I think I want to prove people wrong going into next year and show people that I’m a great player and am capable of doing things they didn’t think I could do.”

2018 NHL Draft – WHL Players
Overall – Player (Pos.) – NHL Team; WHL Team; Hometown

Round One (2)
#17 – Ty Smith (D) – New Jersey Devils; Spokane Chiefs; Lloydminster, Alta.
#31 – Alexander Alexeyev (D) – Washington Capitals; Red Deer Rebels; St. Petersburg, Russia

Round Two (2)
#37 – Jett Woo (D) – Vancouver Canucks; Moose Jaw Warriors; Winnipeg, Man.
#53 – Calen Addison (D) – Pittsburgh Penguins; Lethbridge Hurricanes; Brandon, Man.

Round Three (3)
#83 – Riley Stotts (F) – Toronto Maple Leafs; Calgary Hitmen; Winnipeg, Man.
#92 – Connor Dewar (F) – Minnesota Wild; Everett Silvertips; The Pas, Man.
#93 – Riley Sutter (F) – Washington Capitals; Everett Silvertips; Calgary, Alta.

Round Four (2)
#107 – Joel Hofer (G) – St. Louis Blues; Swift Current Broncos; Winnipeg, Man.
#122 – Milos Roman (F) – Calgary Flames; Vancouver Giants; Kysucke Nove Mesto, Slovakia

Round Five (5)
#127 – Wyatte Wylie (D) – Philadelphia Flyers; Everett Silvertips; Everett, Wash.
#128 – Cole Fonstad (F) – Montreal Canadiens; Prince Albert Raiders; Estevan, Sask.
#129 – Justin Almeida (F) – Pittsburgh Penguins; Moose Jaw Warriors; Kitimat, B.C.
#149 – Filip Kral (D) – Toronto Maple Leafs; Spokane Chiefs; Blansko, Czech Republic
#151 – Vladislav Yeryomenko (D) – Nashville Predators; Calgary Hitmen; Vitebsk, Belarus

Round Six (3)
#158 – David Tendeck (G) – Arizona Coyotes; Vancouver Giants; North Vancouver, B.C.
#161 – Alex Kannok-Leipert (D) – Washington Capitals; Vancouver Giants; Regina, Sask.
#168 – Dawson Barteaux (D) – Dallas Stars; Red Deer Rebels; Foxwarren, Man.

Round Seven (3)
#199 – Jermaine Loewen (F) – Dallas Stars; Kamloops Blazers; Arborg, Man.
#204 – Trey Fix-Wolansky (F) – Columbus Blue Jackets; Edmonton Oil Kings; Edmonton, Alta.
#217 – Eric Florchuk (F) – Washington Capitals; Saskatoon Blades; Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.

While no Wheat Kings were chosen this weekend, a Brandon prospect was taken in round one (16th overall), by the Colorado Avalanche.

Forward Martin Kaut was the Wheat Kings first round selection in last year’s CHL Import Draft but instead of coming to North American, he played 38 regular season games in the Czech League, scoring nine goals and 16 points. He also had two goals and five assists in 7 games for the Czech Republic at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship.

Meanwhile a former Wheat King found himself on the move following a draft day deal in Texas.

Michael Ferland was one of three players traded from Calgary to Carolina in a 5-player transaction on Saturday.

It marked the second straight year that a former Brandon star has been moved at the draft. In 2017, Brayden Schenn was traded from Philadelphia to St. Louis while Ryan Reaves went from the Blues to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Now that the curtain has come down on the ’18 NHL Draft, the focus will now turn to the CHL Import Draft, scheduled for this coming Thursday.


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