Wednesday, 28 April 2010

WHL Bantam Draft Thursday


I'm not going to pretend that I know a lot about the prospects for the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft so this preview is going to be very brief.

Most of this information was garnered based on reading a variety of other websites and some of my general discussion with a few of the local men that scout for a variety of WHL teams.

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It'll be a long wait for the Brandon Wheat Kings Thursday when the annual Western Hockey League Bantam Draft is held.

For the first time in the 21-year history of the event (barring an unlikely trade), the Wheat Kings will not have a first round pick.

In fact, the Wheat Kings first scheduled pick is in the third round, 65th overall.

Brandon dealt their first and second round picks this year to the Moose Jaw Warriors as part of the Travis Hamonic deal back in January.

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Thursday's WHL Bantam Draft likely won't provide a ton of picks from the Western Manitoba area.

Scouts genrally consider this year to be a down year for Manitoba overall and, in particular, rural Manitoba.

Centre Quinton Lisoway and defenceman Nolan Speiss of Neepawa and forward Dayton Cready of Carberry are considered the top Westman prospects, and they aren't likely to be chosen until the middle rounds, at the earliest.

Defenceman Madison Bowey of Winnipeg is considered a potential Top Five pick while forwards Kurt Keats and Michael Lorange and blueliner Paul Stoykewich are other top Manitoba prospects but some teams might be wary of Stoykewich as they are concerns he is seriously considering the U.S. College route.

Another prospects that could be in the first round is forward Josh Sinatynski. He's the younger brother of Wheat Kings' rookie Jesse Sinatynski.

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