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    ***PLEASE NOTE, I FEEL NEGRIN WILL GO 1st OVERALL AND KERR 7th. I do believe there are four franchise type players in Negrin, Bowman, Leffler and goaltender Sexsmith.

    2004 Bantam Draft Preview/Mock Draft
    1. Prince George Cougars
    Ryan Kerr (D) 6’1 165 BCWC Winterhawks
    The Cougars opt to go with Ryan Kerr with the WHL’s first overall pick. In kerr, the Cougars get a cornerstone, franchise type defenseman who plays a similar style to former Cougar and now Edmonton Oiler defenseman Eric Brewer. Kerr can move the puck well and play rough if called upon to do so. The Cougars think with their great depth at forward that a franchise defenseman is needed. Along with forwards Drazenovic, Swystun and the other youngsters the Cougars possess, they think Kerr will give them the defenseman to complete the puzzle here. They do consider Sexsmith but feel Pogge is their man in the next couple seasons to solidify the goaltending.

    2. Saskatoon Blades
    Brett Leffler (F) 6’0 170 Naicom Vikings
    The Blades ponder this pick for quite a while going back and forth between top forwards Brett Leffler of Naicom and Drayson Bowman of the North Shore Winter Club in BC. In the end the Blades decide to stay closer to home and select Leffler with the #2 overall pick. Leffler will give the Blades a boost in the offensive end of the rink and bring his European style of play to excite a rather calm Sask. Place crowd. Leffler finished 2nd in the top Bantam hockey league in Saskatchewan tallying a staggering 55 goals in a mere 20 games while added 40 assists. The Blades hope Leffler will fit in with Setoguchi, Barnes, Rabbit, McRae, VanLare and Leckovic along with last seasons 14th overall pick Justin McRae to form a lethal scoring attack. The Blades simply choose to go with the consensus top talent here.

    3. Seattle Thunderbirds
    Tyson Sexsmith (G) 5’10 160 UFA Bisons(Midget AAA)
    The Birds being loaded with top end offensive talent with the likes of Chris Durand, Yashar Farmanara and young up and coming defenseman Scott Jackson and Bretton Stamler. In addition they have Bud Holloway and Cam Dion ready to crack the lineup next year decide to go with franchise goaltender Tyson Sexsmith. Tyson played this past season in the Alberta Midget AAA league this year as a 14 year old which is a very rare accomplishment. Tyson not only played but played extremely well by leading the league in GAA with a 2.37 GAA and also led in Wins(17) and Save percentage(.920) and even Minutes played. There is no doubt Sexsmith could go #1 or #2 in this draft and if that is the case, the Birds will likely go with Ryan kerr at this spot.

    4. Lethbridge Hurricanes
    Drayson Bowman (F) 5’10 147 NSWC Winterhawks
    The Hurricanes get the player they want here at #4. Drayson Bowman in the Canes mind is the top offensive talent in the draft and decide they simply cannot pass up on this player. With the likes of Kenny Petkau, Michael Kaye on forward and ‘88’s Ricky Cey and Ben Wright, the Canes feel this gives them an extremely deep forward group to go along with Ben Wright on defense. Bowman has won MVP honors at a tournament this year in which he accumulated 19 goals in only 5 games. In another tournament the slick Bowman scored 10-2-12 and finished second only to 13 year old ’90 eligible Rogen. Currently at the KIBHT, Drayson has recorded 14-7-21 in only 5 games. Simply put, AN OFFENSIVE DYNAMO.

    5. Regina Pats
    Dwight King (F) 6’1 170 Meadow Lake
    The Pats are really forming a nice young nucleus of players and young future stars. The Pats with Tanner Stockwell, a young bruising type defenseman and perhaps the steal of last seasons draft Logan Pyett who will be one of the WHL’s best PP defenseman in a few years decide to go with the top power forward in the draft with Dwight King. In King, the Pats get a player who scored 49-51-100 points in perhaps Saskatchewan’s top midget league this past season. Not only did King score but he also showed the power forward rough side he has with 84 Pims. The Pats are very excited about a future power play which could include: Pyett, Stockwell, Bernhardt, McDonald and King.

    6. Brandon Wheatkings
    Colton Sceviour (F) 5’10 165 Red Deer Optomist Chiefs
    The Wheaties ponder this pick for a little while and haggle between taking Sceviour or John Negrin from BCWC. The decision is made that with Mike Cann being selected in the 1st round of last seasons draft that they decide to take the top scorer available at this spot. Colton has the ability to be perhaps the top scorer to come out of this draft as his 47-62-109 points would suggest. Colton lead a very good AMBHL by a whopping 13 points. He is a slick playmaker with a very accurate shot and is truly the top offensive talent for his age group in all of Alberta. The Wheatkings hope Sceviour can form with Burki and Cann to give Brandon a lethal power play in future years.

    7. Kootaney Ice
    John Negrin (D) 6’0 169 NSWC Winterhawks
    The Ice select the 3rd member of the dominate powerhouse BCWC in the first 7 picks of the draft! Negrin is a 6’0 169 defenseman who can play a nice two-way game and isn’t afraid to rough it up either. Negrin won top defensive honors at the John Reid tournament in St.Albert and was named to the first all-star team ahead of teammate Ryan Kerr. The Ice feel they are stacked with very good offensive talent with the likes of Ben Maxwell, Bailey and Taylor and decide they need a stud defenseman and Negrin certainly fits the bill. Kootaney is pleasantly surprised to see Negrin at #7 and don’t hesitate one bit here.

    8. Spokane Chiefs
    Justin Palazzo (D) 6’4 190 Kamloops Jardine Blazers
    The Chiefs are a little disappointed to see Negrin picked at #7 but decide to pick a defenseman regardless. Palazzo will develop into the bruising type defenseman they need in the future. At 6’4 190 pounds already Palazzo has something you can’t teach…SIZE! Palazzo had a successful St. Albert tournament in which he recorded 2-6-8 to go with 22 Pims. The Chiefs, already loaded with offensive future stars Hobson, Reich feel they need a bruising type defenseman in the mold of Dion Phaneuf. Spokane will be very happy with this selection down the road.

    9. Tri City Americans
    Brandon Sutter (F) 6’1 160 Red Deer Optomist Chiefs
    With franchise players Jonathan Toews at forward, Beach at Defense coming in next year and ’87 born Carey Price solidifying the goaltending chores for years…. The Ams decide to go with feisty Sutter boy Brandon Sutter. Sutter is a 6’1 150 pound forward who is gritty and also has a scoring touch as well with 25-33-58 this season for the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs of the AMBHL. This will give the Ams a little bit of everything and should be the makings of a solid all around team in the future. If he’s anything like his Dad and uncles, the fans and franchise will not be disappointed to be sure! Picking Sutter this high could turn out to be a gamble with more talented player available but Tory has a hunch and selects the gritty Sutter boy.

    10. Portland Winterhawks
    Travis Dunstall (F) 5’10 160 Fort Sask Rangers
    The Portland Winterhawks decide to go with pure sniper Travis Dunstall here. In Dunstall, the Hawks get a speedy player with a nice accurate shot. This past season Travis recorded a staggering 58 goals in only 35 games played leading all of the Alberta AAA Bantam league scorers in that department. Dunstall also added 4-2-6 in 4 games in the playoffs, although his team was eliminated in round 1. The Winterhawks hope that Travis can form with last season’s first round Sasha Golin to form a nice 1-2 punch in the future.

    11. Kamloops Blazers
    Colton Gillies (F) 6’4 195 Semiahmoo
    Colton could go anywhere in the first round in this season’s draft. Some scouts like him early in the first round and some in the second round. The Blazers feel good about taking the big forward here though and feel he is the real deal. Colton is a big forward who has a lot of toughness however the verdict is still out on just how good he will be in the future. Whoever lands Colton will get a good player who could become a great player down the road. The Blazers simply take the top player available here at #11.

    12. Swift Current Broncos
    Colton Grant (F) 5’10 165 Airdrie Xtreme
    The Broncos not being used to selecting so highly are very happy to see Grant at this spot. Colton is a pure sniper and a smooth skater. He recorded a South Division leading 49 goals and finished 2nd in points behind Sceviour in the AMBHL. During the playoffs, Colton scored 6-3-9 in just 7 games. Swift Current feels that with Ryan Sawka and Colton that they will form a Williams/Redenbach type line in the future. Grant is a little on the small side but his hard working style of play is a welcomed asset and a big decision in the selection here.

    13. Everett Silvertips
    Keith Aulie (D) 6’5 185 Weyburn Jr. Redwings
    The Tips consider taking American born defenseman Cade Fairchild here but don’t want to have another American who may take the college route. Last season the Tips chose Peter Mueller in the 2nd round and choose to play it safe here with Keith Aulie. Aulie will give the Tips a big, strong defenseman who will either be a franchise type defenseman or a complete bust. However coach Constantine believes in Aulie and the Tips decide to take him at this spot. With Hamill, Mueller and Ellington the Tips feel they need an anchor defenseman and Aulie is their man here.

    14. Vancouver Giants
    Ryan Holfeld (G) 5’9 140 Naicom Vikings
    Ryan becomes the 2nd franchise type goaltender selected in the first round. Ryan posted an outstanding 11-1-1 record and a 1.92 GAA this year with the Naicom Vikings of the Centre 4-hockey league in Saskatchewan. Ryan also recorded 4 shutouts as well. In addition, was named top goaltender at a tournament, which featured some of the top talent in the bantam draft this season. The Giants consider taking a defenseman at this spot but feel they simply can’t pass on the 2nd best goaltender in the draft this season. If either Justin Palazzo or Keith Aulie are available here they may consider one of them at this spot though.

    15. Calgary Hitmen
    Lindsay Nielsen (F) 6’0 175 South Side Athletic Club
    The Hitmen ponder taking one of the Airdrie Extreme star players but in the end go with the AMBHL north scoring leader Lindsay Nielsen from the Edmonton South Side Athletic Club. Lindsay is a tremendous passer and a very non-selfish player. He has decent size at 6’0 175 and should continue to grow. The Hitmen are very excited to have Keegan Dansereau playing with Lindsay to form a one-two punch which should be feared for years to come. This past season he tied for the Northern league scoring race with Zach Dailey with 93 points in 39 games. He then carried his scoring rampage into the playoffs recording 11-12-23 in only 10 games. Solid pick who won’t disappoint.

    16. Red Deer Rebels
    Matthew Wear (F) 5’11 170 South Side Athletic Club
    The Rebels continue to load up on young talented forwards after thinking of taking local product defenseman Paul-Edward Postma. However in Wear the Rebels get a sniper who fired in 52 goals in 34 games this past season in the AMBHL. However in the playoffs Wear showed that he can pass the puck too by going 5-11-16 in 10 games. Wear is a gifted scorer who the Rebs can see playing along side other pure scorers Jordan Knackstedt and Matthew Cline in years to come.

    17. Prince Albert Raiders
    Jesse Craige (D) 5’10 165 South Side Athletic Club
    Craige joins teammates Nielsen and Wear as the 3rd member of the SSAC to be selected in the first round. In Craige, the Raiders feel they have found their future PP QB here and not many would disagree either. Craige has shown an ability to really rack up the points this season with 8-42-50 leading all Alberta defenseman in scoring. In the playoffs he added another 9 points in 10 games as well. The Raiders feel with last years 1st rounder Ryan Depape and fellow ’88 Brent Ottman that they are forming a nice core in which to build around.

    18. Moose Jaw Warriors
    Daniel Nycholat (D) 6’2 165 Calgary Bronks
    The Warriors with their abundance of highly skilled forwards amongst its ‘88’s decide to pick standout defenseman Daniel Nycholat. In Nycholat the Warriors get a defenseman who can play all styles. The Warriors feel they need someone who they can rely upon to anchor their defense down the road and Daniel certainly will not disappoint here. He isn’t the best defenseman in the draft at this point but he does have very good size and certainly has great blood lines and a good complete package as well.

    19. Medicine Hat Tigers
    Dion Knelsen (F) 5’9 155 Red Deer Optomist Chiefs
    Medicine Hat who has a near empty cupboard when it comes to ’87 and ’88 talent simply take the top offensive player available in Dion Knelsen. Knelsen is a small, speedy player with great vision and looks to pass before he shoots most of the team and is considered a great team player. He finished 3rd in league scoring and the Tigers hope he can develop into a top notch player at the WHL level who they can start to build their lacking prospects list around. In addition, Dion also had a fantastic playoff in leading his team to the league championship scoring 6-13-19.

    20. Kelowna Rockets
    Kyle Turris (F) 5’8 145 NSWC Winterhawks
    With perhaps the surprise pick of the 1st round the Rockets take skill forward Kyle Turris. There is no doubt that Turris can score but the question is will he grow? Turris showed extremely well at the KIBHT leading the tournament in scoring with 9-16-25 playing against some of the better clubs in North America. Highly touted Drayson Bowman should give a lot of credit to Kyle in terms of his high selection as well. If Turris can grow to 6’0 or so he will be someone other teams in the first round kick themselves for missing out on to be sure!
     
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    Nice mock draft, its great to see some very good talent from the BCWC and NSWC clubs.
     
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    I didn't realize Colton was such a popular name.
     
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    Disgusting. They are illegal all-star teams, simply put. I'd rather see the kids stick in their organization.
     
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    Greatly Appreciated WHL Follower...

    This was the most interesting post I have read in quite some time. Yes these kids are all really young and if half of them pan out the draft will likely be deemed a success but the efforts put forth by WHL Follower to register this list and justify each and every first round pick...simply AWESOME.

    Thanks Again
     
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    I don't know, Saskatoon has a lot of offense. They could really use Sexsmith IMO.
     
  7. I don't think putting the teams together is disgusting.

    What is disgusting, is that BCAHA allows them to compete for Provincial Championships.
     
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    Are ya kidding? That NSWC team that had Brule and Gauthier will be something we can look back on because it produced NHLers.
     
  9. The point he is trying to make, is that teams like BWC and NSWC are teams where the players are the children of the Winter Club members. For some reason, these winter clubs are exempt to the BCAHA rules that limit other players to their local associations.

    For example...a NSWC member in Surrey can have his child play for NSWC while his non-member neighbor's child cannot play for NSWC, but is limited to the Surrey Minor Hockey Association's rep team.

    If they want to put these teams together, that's fine. They just should not be eligible to compete for BCAHA Provincial Championships.
     
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    Mike Dockstader was recently named "The best undiscovered WHL Bantam Draft Prospect"

    Plays with the LA Stars (AAA).
     
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    It's between Gillies and another prospect for #1 tomorrow for the PG Cougars. And the other prospect does not include either John Negrin or Ryan Kerr in the #1 slot. I would suspect it's Brett Leffler from Saskatoon. Gillies has expressed he would prefer to play in Saskatoon, but in the end has stated he will go wherever he is drafted.
     
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    John Negrin is a BLUE CHIP prospect, one that has really sky rocketed with his play/development this year. He's going to be interesting to watch over the next 4 years.
     
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    The Bantam Draft is today.

    Click here for live coverage, starting at 9:00 AM MT

    http://www.whl.ca/hm/draftpick.php

    Good luck to teams and players hoping to get drafted.
     
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    Yep, I had no idea. I went to the WHL site at 9:00 to find out the award winners, and it tells me the draft starts now. What timing.
     
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    Anybody able to see the live coverage? The links are all dead for me.
     
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    Ditto. Alomst defeats the purpose of live coverage.
     
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    Ryan Kerr #1 to Prince George.
    Colton Gillies #2 to Saskatoon.
    Thomas Hickey #3 to Seattle.
    Dwight King #4 to Lethbridge.
    Brett Leffler #5 to Regina.
    Brandon Sutter #6 to Red Deer.
    John Negrin #7 to Kootenay.
    Drayson Bowman #8 to Spokane.
    Joel Broda #9 to Tri-City.
    Colton Sceviour #10 to Portland.
    Keith Aulie #11 to Brandon.
    Paul Postma #12 to Swift Current.
    Brett Sonnie #13 to Calgary.
    Tyson Sexsmith #14 to Vancouver.
    Eric Doyle #15 to Calgary.
    Travis Dunstall #16 to Kamloops.
    Justin Pulazzo #17 to Prince Albert.
    Travis Ehrhardt #18 to Moose Jaw.
    Jordie Deagle #19 to Medicine Hat.
    Luke Scheen #20 to Kelowna.

    That concludes the first round.
     
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    Is there a broadcast of this somehwere?
     
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    Who is Hickey?

    Link working for me now. King just went 4th.
     
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    Oooh.. Brandon Sutter. I've heard good things about him.

    And I never even noticed he was picked by Red Deer. Even better.
     
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    Hey, is the WHL site just bad at spelling? Is it supposed to be Gillies and Leffler?

    Something tells me Sutter wasn't born in 1984 either.
     
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    Yeah, they screwed up the spelling of a couple of the hometowns, too.

    Surprised Sexsmith is falling this far.
     
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    They changed it to '89 on Sutter...
     
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    Yeah, Meadow Lake and Wynyard. They almost fixed Gillies, though.
     
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