Chicago, IL – Two more members of the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings heard their names called Saturday as the National Hockey League Draft wrapped up at the United Center in Chicago.
Stelio Mattheos, who was the first overall selection in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, was chosen in the third round (73rd overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes while Czech Republic born defenceman Daniel Bukac was selected by the Boston Bruins in the seventh (204th overall).
Bukac, who was Brandon’s second selection in last summer’s Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, scored two goals and 17 points in 72 games this past season while Mattheos scored 26 goals and 61 points in 69 games.
They join captain Nolan Patrick as Wheat Kings to be drafted this weekend in Chicago. A former WHL Playoff Most Valuable Player, Patrick was chosen by the Philadelphia Flyers second overall Friday night.
Patrick was one of seven WHLers to be selected in round one and 33 overall.
He was also one of seven Manitobans to be taken, joining Mattheos and Cody Glass of Winnipeg, Roblin’s Josh Brook, Morgan Geekie of Strathclair, Portage la Prairie’s Nick Henry
and Brett Davis of Oakbank.
Glass was a first round pick of the Vegas Golden Knights, Brook was taken by Montreal, Colorado opted for Henry, Dallas drafted Davis and Geekie, who is the son of former Brandon blueliner Craig, was selected by the Hurricanes.
Portland and Tri-Cities led all WHL clubs with four players selected, followed by Brandon, Regina and Spokane with three each.
Meanwhile what would a draft day be without a trade involving a former Brandon player.
One day after former Wheat Kings Brayden Schenn and Ryan Reaves were dealt to St. Louis and Pittsburgh respectively, former all star defenceman Travis Hamonic was sent from New York to the Calgary Flames on Saturday in a blockbuster deal.
In exchange for the St. Malo product, who was brilliant on the Brandon blueline during the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup, the Islanders received a 2018 first rounder, a second rounder and another conditional second round pick.
The 26-year old Hamonic requested to be traded in November 2015 due to personal family issues.
“The root of all this is a personal family matter of mine that I hold dear to my heart,” Hamonic said via the Islanders’ official team website. “It has nothing to do with the organization or how I’ve been treated here for six years of playing and another two or three since I was drafted. I’ve honestly been treated like gold from the start.”
Following is a complete list of the 33 WHL players, chosen in this year’s NHL Draft:
2017 NHL Draft – WHL Players
Overall – Player (Pos.) – NHL Team; WHL Team; Hometown
Round One (7)
#2 – Nolan Patrick (C) – Philadelphia Flyers; Brandon Wheat Kings; Winnipeg, Man.
#6 – Cody Glass (C) – Vegas Golden Knights; Portland Winterhawks; Winnipeg, Man.
#9 – Michael Rasmussen (C) – Detroit Red Wings; Tri-City Americans; Surrey, B.C.
#14 – Cal Foote (D) – Tampa Bay Lightning; Kelowna Rockets; Engelwood, Col.
#16 – Juuso Valimaki (D) – Calgary Flames; Tri-City Americans; Nokia, Finland
#22 – Kailer Yamamoto (RW) – Edmonton Oilers; Spokane Chiefs; Spokane, Wash.
#29 – Henri Jokiharju (D) – Chicago Blackhawks; Portland Winterhawks; Oulu, Finland
Round Two (5)
#33 – Kole Lind (RW) – Vancouver Canucks; Kelowna Rockets; Shaunavon, Sask.
#40 – Aleksi Heponiemi (C) – Florida Panthers; Swift Current Broncos; Tampere, Finland
#41 – Jaret Anderson-Dolan (C) – Los Angeles Kings; Spokane Chiefs; Calgary, Alta.
#56 – Josh Brook (D) – Montreal Canadiens; Moose Jaw Warriors; Roblin, Man.
#62 – Jake Leschyshyn (C) – Vegas Golden Knights; Regina Pats; Grasswood, Sask.
Round Three (6)
#67 – Morgan Geekie (C) – Carolina Hurricanes; Tri-City Americans; Strathclair, Man.
#68 – Scott Walford (D) – Montreal Canadiens; Victoria Royals; Coquitlam, B.C.
#73 – Stelio Mattheos (RW) – Carolina Hurricanes; Brandon Wheat Kings; Winnipeg, Man.
#78 – Stuart Skinner (G) – Edmonton Oilers; Lethbridge Hurricanes; Edmonton, Alta.
#79 – Lane Zablocki (RW) – Detroit Red Wings; Red Deer Rebels; Wetaskain, Alta.
#87 – Cale Fleury (D) – Montreal Canadiens; Kootenay ICE; Calgary, Alta.
Round Four (5)
#94 – Nick Henry (RW) – Colorado Avalanche; Regina Pats; Portage la Prairie, Man.
#97 – Mason Shaw (C) – Minnesota Wild; Medicine Hat Tigers; Wainwright, Alta.
#98 – Nikita Popugaev (LW) – New Jersey Devils; Prince George Cougars; Moscow, Russia
#110 – Ian Scott (G) – Toronto Maple Leafs; Prince Albert Raiders; Calgary, Alta.
#122 – Kyle Olson (RW) – Anaheim Ducks; Tri-City Americans; Calgary, Alta.
Round Five (3)
#128 – Tyler Steenbergen (C) – Arizona Coyotes; Swift Current Broncos; Sylan Lake, Alta.
#140 – Zach Fischer (RW) – Calgary Flames; Medicine Hat Tigers; Lloydminster, Alta.
#149 – Jarret Tyszka (D) – Montreal Canadiens; Seattle Thunderbirds; Langley, B.C.
Round Six (4)
#159 – Jacob McGrew (RW) – San Jose Sharks; Spokane Chiefs; Orange, Calif.
#163 – Brett Davis (RW) – Dallas Stars; Kootenay ICE; Oakbank, Man.
#166 – Brendan De Jong (D) – Carolina Hurricanes; Portland Winterhawks; Victoria, B.C.
#183 – Jordan Hollett (G) – Ottawa Senators; Medicine Hat Tigers; Port Moody, B.C.
Round Seven (3)
#194 – Dylan Ferguson (G) – Dallas Stars; Kamloops Blazers; Lantzville, B.C.
#198 – Skyler Mckenzie (LW) – Winnipeg Jets; Portland Winterhawks; Sherwood Park, Alta.
Virden product Wyatt Kalynuk, who played this past season in the USHL, went to the Flyers in the seventh and final round.
Now that the NHL Expansion and Amateur drafts are over, it’s time for WHL clubs to begin preparations for this week’s CHL Import Draft.