(Courtesy of Perry Bergson – Brandon Sun) Brandon Wheat Kings Director of Scouting Darren Ritchie discusses what he likes about each of the 10 players the team drafted on Thursday.
- 1st Round (Fifth Overall) Nate Danielson, Red Deer, Alberta
F, 5-11, 156 pounds, (Red Deer bantam AAA).
29gp, 26g, 33a, 59p, 16pim.
“He’s a real skilled guy who plays with pace. He sees the ice real well, makes plays happen every shift and has a great shot.”
- 1st Round (Sixth Overall) Tyson Zimmer, Russell, Manitoba
F, 6-0, 175 pounds, (OHA bantam prep).
26gp, 22g, 30a, 52p, 27pim
“Again, a great shot. He’s a real strong skater. He has a heavy shot and is always looking to shoot the puck. He has a heavy one-timer.”
- 1st Round (16th Overall) Rylen Roersma, Raymond, Alberta
F, 5-11, 160 pounds, (Lethbridge bantam AAA).
29gp, 23g, 21a, 44p, 30pim.
“Real quick, real smooth, has great hands and is real responsible at both ends of the ice.”
- 2nd Round (31st Overall) Zach Turner, Boissevain, Manitoba
LD, 6-0, 159 pounds (Southwest bantam AAA).
36gp, 20g, 8a, 28p, 56pim.
“He’s a real skilled defenceman who has really good hands, has a good shot and gets up the ice real quick. Scored 20 goals as a defenceman.”
- 3rd Round. (52nd Overall) Jesiah Bennett, Winnipeg, Manitoba
RW, 5-9, 171 pounds (Rink prep).
29gp, 15g, 16a, 31p, 42pim.
“A good right winger who bangs and crashes and takes pucks to the net. He has a really good release and plays with speed.”
- 3rd Round (53rd Overall) Owen Harris, Wawanesa, Manitoba
LD, 5-9, 181 pounds (Southwest bantam AAA).
25gp, 6g, 13a, 19p, 66pim.
“Hard-nosed, plays real good on the offensive blue-line, a great leader who will be a good teammate.”
- 4th Round (75th Overall) Liam Watkins, Okotoks, Alberta
C, 5-8, 136 pounds (Edge bantam prep).
30gp, 9g, 10a, 19p, 2pim.
“Real skilled, a great skater, again has good hands and good vision and is a 200-foot guy.”
- 5th Round (93rd Overall) Nicholas Jones, Calgary, Alberta
G, 5-11, 170 pounds (Calgary bantam AAA).
19gp, 2.63gaa, .922 save pct.
“Real good, real athletic. One of the top goalies in the draft.”
- 5th Round (96th Overall) Kaiden Ellertson, Red Deer, Alberta
LD, 5-11, 182 pounds (Red Deer bantam AAA).
33gp, 8g, 17a, 25a, 18pim.
“A good defenceman. Plays hard and jumps into the play as the fourth guy and has the skill. Will be a good all-around defenceman.”
- 5th Round (106th Overall) Cyle Clayton, Strathmore, Alberta
RD, 5-8, 145 pounds (Okotoks bantam AAA).
33gp, 7g, 27a, 34p, 34pim.
“A puck-moving right-handed guy with great vision who has a good shot. He always finds the holes in the offensive zone and guys find him coming late. He’s real sneaky and has good vision, good touch around the net and a good first pass.”