WHEAT KINGS 2018 WHL BANTAM DRAFT REVIEW
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DraftGeek Player Analysis and Insight
15th Overall: Jake Chiasson – Yale Lions
Brandon opened up there 2017 – 2018 draft class with the selection of Yale Lion’scaptain Jake Chiasson. Chiasson spent this past season on a line with 5th overall pick Logan Stankoven, where he benefited from being a complimentary winger to one of the best playmakers in the draft. Producing 68 points in 30 games this past season with the Bantam Preps. Jake is smart winger who knows where to go to be successful, he can play the game at many different paces and loves to score goal and to set guys up. Great knowledge and poise in the offensive zone. Jake has all the intangibles abilities to be a locker room leader and a potential captain one day for Brandon.
24th Overall: Brett Hyland –NAX Academy
Often found this past season on a line with 1st overall pick Dylan Guenther and expected 2019 1st overall pick Matthew Savoie, Hyland’s game excelled in more of a two-way physical type of role. A fearless forward who plays a 200ft game, can create a offense deep in the zone, a guy who really takes the physical workload off of the skill guys on the line and opens up the ice for his line mates. Was expected to go in the first round. Loved this pick for Brandon, another kid who brings leadership qualities and loves the game of hockey. Bodes well to be a top six two-way winger at the WHL level.
37th Overall: Dylan James – Calgary Bisons
Like Chiasson and Hyland, Dylan James found himself on a line this past season with a high end prospect in the seventh overall pick in Jayden Grubbe. A dynamic and fearless forward who brings a lot of similar qualities as previous pick Brett Hyland. James has excellent speed down the wing and hard to contain lateral abilities. He is outstanding in forcing pressure on puck carriers and creating turnovers with a good angle to the play and deceptive carrying of speed. Isn’t a big kid but not afraid of the physical play once so ever. Expect James and Hyland to anchor wings in the Brandon Wheat Kings top six by age 18-19.
41st Overall: Jacob Hoffrogge – Saskatoon Outlaws
Spent a couple of games this past season with the Saskatoon Contacts of the SMHL, Hoffrogge is a bit of a smaller defenseman who makes you forget everything you know about how big a player should be. Plays a defensive and physical game, loves to step up and make hits on guys. Has a great first pass out of his zone and you see at times the offensive upside to his game. Hoffrogge is expected to be more of a middle pairing defender, isn’t afraid to play with an edge, a dependable player in his defensive zone and with the puck on his stick. Liked the pick a lot as he will likely need a couple years to make the step but should be a lock on the roster at age 17 and will have an immediate impact at the Midget level next season.
59th Overall: Cabrell Labossiere – Eastman Selects
Another player selected by Brandon with leadership qualities and loves to play physical, Labossiere was captain for his Eastman Selects this past season and led his team in scoring with 56 points in 32 games played. Has a competitive edge to his game, and utilizes his frame in offensive situations. Protects the puck well, has great vision with the puck and can create offense under pressure. Labossiere has that blend of size and skill that teams love, expected to be in impact player next year in the Winnipeg Midget league.
95th Overall: Owen Weihs – RHA Nationals
One of the top forwards on his RHA Nationals squad this past season, Weihs is another forward who doesn’t possess great size but has a crafty and vast tool set that lets him be effective in many areas. Has a deadly smooth release on his shot and can get it off when he has the time to. Plays the game hard and the way it should be played, loves to score goal. Can play well in his defensive zone as well. Think he has the potential to be a middle six winger at the WHL level.
101st Overall: Logan Hammett – Regina Monarchs
Was the real anchoring defenseman on one of the top teams in the SBAAHL South division. We expected Hammett to be a top four round pick with his mobility and physical tools, along with his ability to be imposing in all areas of the game and manage the game from the back end. Still fairly raw in terms of his offensive skills. Doesn’t have a lot flare to hit game but loves to keep it simple and dependable. Not sure yet where he will fit in but we fully expect him to play in the WHL as he still has a ton of room to grow and develop.
108th Overall: Jaxon Dube – St. Albert Sabres
Dube took massive leaps this past season with the St. Albert Sabres Bantam AAA team, he had a great playoff run and really helped take them to the AMBHL finals. Equipped at a young age with gifted skating abilities and great size, Dube is a kid who can control the puck in physical play and loves to get in on the forecheck. Dube’s game bodes well as a potential depth winger who can play a versatile physical two-way game.
125th Overall: Tyler Teasdale – Winnipeg Monarchs
Played this past season on the Winnipeg Monarchs where he was one of the more heavily utilized defenders on the team. Equipped with physical tools and a well rounded two-way game. His game is structured well defensively and he can make dependable outlet plays. Probably going to be a 5/6.
169th Overall: Charlie Larsen – North Dakota
Has great size at 6’2 and room to fill out at only 155lbs. Spent this past season with the Minot Wolves Bantam A squad. Haven’t seen him live but apparently can play a defensively orientated game. An American pick in the later rounds who might come or potential might not, will be one of the more interesting to watch in the draft class.