Friday, May 3, 2013

2013 Bantam Draft

There were some interesting trades made during the bantam draft.
For starters, the Brandon Wheat Kings gave the Regina Pats a third-round selection (60th oveall) and F Geordie Maguire, 18, for “draft considerations.” The Pats agreed not to select F Nolan Patrick of Winnipeg with the second pick of the first round, leaving him for the Wheat Kings to take at No. 4.
Patrick’s father, Steve, played for the Wheat Kings (1978-81) and was selected 20th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1980 NHL draft. Nolan is a nephew of James Patrick, a defenceman who played in 1,280 NHL games after attending North Dakota and being selected ninth overall by the New York Rangers in 1981.
Maguire, from Winnipeg, had nine points in 64 games this season.
Brandon also dealt G Corbin Boes, 20, and the 17th pick in the draft to the Lethbridge Hurricanes for the sixth pick. Brandon used that selection to take D Kale Clague of Lloydminster, Alta. Clague is the son of former WHL G Jason Clague (Regina, Red Deer, 1991-95).
Boes, from Saskatoon, spent three seasons with Brandon, playing in 117 games and going 46-45-14, 3.35, .901.
The Wheat Kings are left with Curtis Honey, 19, and Jordan Papirny, 17, as the top two goaltenders on their depth chart.
Later, the Spokane Chiefs dealt F Todd Fiddler, 20, to the Moose Jaw Warriors for a third-round selection in the 2014 bantam draft.
Fiddler had a career-high 42 goals this season. The native of Meadow Lake, Sask., was a healthy scratch for the fourth game of a second-round series with the Portland Winterhawks. The Winterhawks won that game, 5-0, and swept the series.
The trade also gets Spokane down to the maximum three 20-year-olds — G Eric Williams, F Mike Aviani and F Mitch Holmberg — but, of course, that could all change before next season gets here.
Fiddler is one of four 1993-born players on Moose Jaw’s roster, the others being F Sam Fioretti, F Jordan Wyton and D Reid Jackson, whose season was cut short by a concussion.
Meanwhile, Regina sent a fourth-round pick (68th overall) to the Calgary Hitmen for G Dawson MacAuley, who is to turn 19 on June 14. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound MacAuley, who is from Prince Albert, has had a couple of brief looks with the Medicine Hat Tigers, including six games early this season.
Medicine Hat selected him with the 39th pick of the 2009 bantam draft. The Tigers dropped his rights after adding G Cam Lanigan early this season. The Hitmen then added him to their protected list.
MacAuley ended up with the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers, and went 16-6-1, 2.14, .921 in the regular season. MacAuley and the Terriers won the SJHL title and now are in Nanaimo, B.C., competing for a berth in the Royal Bank Cup.
Matt Hewitt was Regina’s starter this season, but he has used up his eligibility. The backup was Teagan Sacher, who turns 19 on Dec. 1.
And the Vancouver Giants dealt F Owen Sillinger, who was taken with the 199th selection in the 2012 draft, to the Saskatoon Blades. In the deal, the Blades traded the 39th overall pick in yesterday’s draft and a second-rounder in 2014 for Sillinger and the 41st and 44th selections yesterday. Sillinger is the son of former NHL F Mike Sillinger, who played for his hometown Pats.
For all the bantam draft coverage and statistics, check out Alan Caldwell’s blog Small Thoughts At Large. There is a link over there on the right.
My contribution is a collection of bloodlines, presented here in no particular order (feel free to post a message point out any that I have missed, and I’m sure there are some) . . .
The Kootenay Ice used the 89th selection on F Drew Warkentine of Prince Albert, the brother of Moose Jaw Warriors F Myles Warkentine.
With the 90th selection, the Tri-City Americans took F Morgan Geekie of Strathclair, Man. He is the son of former WHL D Craig Geekie (Brandon, Spokane, 1990-94).
The Calgary Hitmen selected G Kyle Dumba of Calgary with the 68th pick. He and Red Deer Rebels D Mathew Dumba are brothers.
The Regina Pats used the 28th pick to take D Liam Schioler, a Winnipeger who played at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. His cousin, Dane, also from Winnipeg, was taken by the Pats in the second round of the 2012 draft.
The Saskatoon Blades’ first two picks have hockey bloodlines. D Nolan Reid (41st) of Deer Valley, Sask., and D Parker Smyth (44th) of Red Deer have fathers – Scott Reid and Kevin Smyth – who played with the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The Kelowna Rockets took D Callun Foote from the bantam AAA Colorado Thunderbirds with the 43rd selection. His father, Adam, is a former NHL defenceman.
F Tyler Benson, taken first overall by the Vancouver Giants, is the brother of Edmonton Oil Kings F Cole Benson.
With the fourth overall pick, the Brandon Wheat Kings took F Nolan Patrick of Winnipeg. His father, Steve, played with the Wheat Kings before going on to the NHL, while an uncle, James, is a former NHL defenceman. Steve and James both were NHL first-round draft picks.
The Moose Jaw Warriors took F Brett Howden of Oakbank, Man., with the fifth overall pick. He is a brother to Quinton Howden, a former Warriors defenceman (2007-12).
With the sixth overall pick, the Brandon Wheat Kings took D Kale Clague, the son of former WHL G Jason Clague (Regina, Red Deer, 1991-95).
The Medicine Hat Tigers used the No. 10 pick on D David Quenneville of Edmonton. His brother, John, is a forward with the Wheat Kings.
The Victoria Royals took D Dante Hannoun of the North Shore Winter Club with the 11th pick. He and Portland Winterhawks F Nic Petan are cousins.
Kamloops took D James Miller of Spruce Grove, Alta., with the 129th pick. He and former Brandon D Ryley Miller are brothers.
Kamloops took F Garrett Pilon of Kindersley, Sask., in the seventh round. He is the son of former WHL/NHL D Rich Pilon (Prince Albert, 1985-88).
Portland opened the seventh round by taking F Keiffer Bellows of Edina, Minn. He is the son of former NHLer Brian Bellows.
Calgary took D Quaid McBean of the minor midget Phoenix Jr. Coyotes in the seventh round. He is the son of former WHL/NHL D Wayne McBean (Medicine Hat, 1985-88).
In the eighth round, the Kelowna Rockets took D Connor Bowey of Winnipeg. He is the brother of Kelowna D Madison Bowey.
In the 10th round, Saskatoon took F Brett Clayton of Abbotsford, B.C. His brother, Clayton, is a forward with the Calgary Hitmen.
D Marshall Skapski of Abbotsford became the third brother to be selected when he went 54th overall to the Medicine Hat Tigers. MacKenzie is the Kootenay Ice’s starting goaltender, while Mitch is a forward with the Everett Silvertips. . . . Who has draft bragging rights for the Skapski family? That would be Marshall. . . . The Ice took Mackenzie with the 57th pick in 2009. Mitch was taken by Portland with the 86th selection of the 2011 draft. He was dealt to Everett as part of the Seth Jones deal.
The Spokane Chiefs selected D Jake Toporowski from a bantam AAA team in in Chicago with the 62nd pick. His father, Kerry, is a former WHL player who spent two seasons (1989-91) with the Chiefs and was part of the organization’s first Memorial Cup-championship team.
According to a Chiefs news release: “A Bettendorf, Iowa native, Toporowski had petitioned the WHL earlier in the spring and received approval to be eligible for the bantam draft based on family history and current relationships within the league.”

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