Monday, May 2, 2011

Western Elite Hockey Prospects' Top 50

The WHL’s bantam draft is to be held Thursday in Calgary.
The vast majority of the drafted players will have been born in 1996, although there likely will be a few 1995-borns selected in the later rounds.
From a WHL news release: “Players eligible . . . will be 1996-born players who reside in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.”
You aren’t going to find a whole lot of coverage at this site on the bantam draft and I don’t intend to provide any draft-day coverage. For that, you should visit Alan Caldwell’s site — Small Thoughts at Large.
However, thanks to Tyler Neisz of Western Elite Hockey Prospects, we have had some advance coverage over the last few days.
Today, we bring you WEHP’s Top 50 going into the draft:

1. D Ryan Pilon, Warman SK, 6-1.5, 170
2. D Brycen Martin, Calgary Bisons, 6-0, 155
3. LW Jake Virtanen, Abbotsford BC, 5-11, 164
4. F Ryan Gropp, Kamloops, 6-0, 146
5. F Reid Duke, Calgary Royals, 5-10, 160
6. D Jordan Thomson, Southwest Cougars MB (midget AAA), 6-0, 167
7. C Reid Gardiner, Humboldt SK, 5-11, 162
8. F Ty Mappin, Red Deer Rebels White, 5-10, 154
9. F Conner Bleackley, Okotoks AB, 5-11, 170
10. F Mile Warkentine, Prince Albert, 6-0, 165
11. D Zach Gonek, St. Alberta AB, 6-1, 185
12. D Aaron Irving, Southside Athletic Club, Edmonton, 6-0, 165
13. F Tanner Macmaster, Calgary Bisons, 5-8, 135
14. F John Quennville, Southside Athletic Club, Edmonton, 6-0, 180
15. F Rourke Chartier, Saskatoon Stallions, 5-7, 140
16. D Joe Hicketts, Kamloops, 5-6, 169
17. F Adam Brooks, Winnipeg Hawks, 5-9, 153
18. C Kolten Olynek, Saskatoon Outlaws, 5-7, 150
19. D Haydn Fleury, Notre Dame, 6-1, 175
20. D Jordan Harris, Prince Albert, 6-1, 170
21. C Collin Shirley, Saskatoon Bandits, 5-11, 150
22. D Riley Stadel, Cloverdale BC, 5-10, 158
23. D Zach Patterson, Southside Athletic Club, Edmonton, 5-9.5, 153
24. D Josh Thrower, Pursuit of Excellence, 5-11, 172
25. F Rhett Gardner, Moose Jaw, 6-1, 175
26. F Blake Penner, Notre Dame, 5-8.5, 153
27. F Brayden Point, Calgary Bisons, 5-3, 130
28. D Brandon Hickey, Leduc AB, 5-11, 150
29. F Braden Oleksyn, Beardy’s SK (midget AAA), 5-10, 180
30. D Griffin Mumby, Calgary Bronks, 5-11, 166
31. D Shaun Dosanjh, Richmond (Seafair) BC, 6-0, 165
32. D/F Kord Pankewicz (D/F), Leduc AB, 5-10, 155
33. F Tyler Sandhu, Richmond (Seafair) BC, 5-10, 148
34. D Taylor Fisher, Winnipeg Warriors, 6-1, 225
35. F Carter Amson, Martensville Marauders SK, 6-1, 170
36. F Cavin Leth, Lethbridge, 5-11 135
37. G Jordan Papirny, Southside Athletic Club, Edmonton, 5-10, 136
38. F Ryan Duret, Prince Albert, 5-9, 155
39. D/F Michael Bell, Kitimat BC (midget), 5-11, 185
40. F Spencer Meyer, Surrey BC, 5-10, 144
41. F Logan Franz, Shattuck St. Mary’s, 6-0, 170
42. D Jake Dube, Airdrie Xtreme, 5-9, 150
43. D David Dunn, Russell MB, 6-0, 150
44. F Josh Uhrich, Notre Dame, 5-11, 165
45. F Tim Vanstone, Swift Current, 5-10, 175
46. F Landyn Hickmott, Mission BC, 5-10, 168
47. F Dallas Starodub, Winnipeg Hawks, 6-0, 160
48. D Travis Sanheim, Elkhorn MB, 5-9, 140
49. F Tyler Wong, Airdrie AB, 5-7, 155
50. F Alec Dawydiak, Richmond (Seafair) BC, 5-10, 160
(SOURCE: Western Elite Hockey Prospects)

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