Teammates Highlight Americans’ 2012 Bantam Draft Class

KENNEWICK, WA – The Tri-City Americans today made defenseman Parker Wotherspoon their first pick (21st overall) in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, held at the Deerfoot Inn in Calgary, Alberta.  Overall, the Americans selected 11 players in this year’s draft.

Wotherspoon, listed at 5’10 and 167 pounds, became the first defenseman taken by Tri-City in the first round since Zachary Yuen in 2008 and just the fifth blueliner taken in the opening round in the past 12 years.  A member of the Cloverdale Colts Bantam club, Wotherspoon appeared in 45 games and totaled 15 goals and 49 points.  The Surrey, British Columbia-native is the younger brother of current Portland Winterhawks defenseman, Tyler Wotherspoon.

Then, after sitting out the 2nd Round, Tri-City followed with four picks in the Round 3.

Braden Purtill (3rd, 46th overall) marked the clubs first of four selections.  A 5’10 176 pound center, Purtill was a member of the Winnipeg Sharks of the Winnipeg Minor Hockey Association where he amassed 33 goals, 53 points and 56 penalty minutes in 47 total games.  Purtill, who led the Sharks in both goals (20) and points (30) during the regular season, comes from the same program that developed recently departed Tri-City overages, Adam Hughesman, Brendan Shinnimin and Mason Wilgosh.

Then, with the 55th overall pick, Tri-City went back to the Cloverdale Colts to select defenseman Tyler Fraser.  A linemate of Wotherspoon, Fraser notched 11 goals and 34 points in 45 games with the Colts, along with a plus-53 rating.  The Colts were widely considered one of the strongest bantam teams this season, eventually losing to Burnaby Winter Club in the finals of the provincial tournament.

Six picks later, the Americans selected Ty Comrie from the LA Selects Major Bantam club.  The 5’10 140-pound younger brother of current Tri-City goaltender, Eric Comrie, Ty racked up 40 goals and 80 points in 51 total games.  Finally, with the 65th pick in Round 3, Tri-City claimed Comrie’s teammate, goaltender Evan Sarthou from Kent, Washington.

Of the 11 players selected today, the Americans grabbed six forwards, four defensemen and one goaltender.  Tri-City also selected three players from the United States, which marks the fourth straight season that the club has drafted at least one U.S.-born player, four from British Columbia, two from Alberta and one each from Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The WHL Bantam Draft is the WHL's talent identification process and serves as the first opportunity for WHL teams to add players to their respective 50 player lists. Eligible players for the Bantam Draft will be 1997-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.

 
Tri-City Americans 2012 Bantam Draft Results:
(GP, G, A, PTS, PIM)

1st Round (21st overall)
Parker Wotherspoon (D)
5'10 142 lbs, Surrey, BC
Cloverdale Colts Bantam A1-T1 (45/15/34/49/N/A)

3rd round (46th overall)
Braden Purtill (C)
5’10 176 lbs, Winnipeg, MB
Winnipeg Sharks Bantam AAA (30/20/10/30/30)

3rd round (55th overall)
Tyler Fraser (D)
6'1 160 lbs, Surrey, BC
Cloverdale Colts Bantam A1-T1 (45/11/24/34/N/A)

3rd round (61st overall)
Ty Comrie (C)
5’10 140 lbs, Newport Beach, CA
Los Angeles Selects Major Bantam (51/40/40/80/28)

3rd round (65th overall)
Evan Sarthou (G)
5’11 145 lbs, Kent, WA
Los Angeles Selects Major Bantam (N/A)

6th round (131st overall)
Maxwell James (LW)
6’1 180 lbs, Kamloops, BC
Kamloops Jardine Blazers Bantam (52/18/17/35/135)

7th round (153rd overall)
Robby Jackson (C)
5’8 160 lbs, Alameda, CA
Los Angeles Selects Major Bantam (71/80/105/185/34)

8th round (163rd overall)
Kurtis Rutledge (D)
6’1 161 lbs, Calgary, AB
Calgary Bronks Bantam AAA (30/6/13/19/20)

8th round (175th overall)
Jordan Topping (LW)
5’11 170 lbs, Nanaimo, BC
Nanaimo Bantam AAA Clippers (38/44/37/81/98)

9th round (197th overall)
Cole Gammer (RW)
6’0 155 lbs, Edmonton, AB
Edmonton CAC Bantam AAA (33/21/19/40/28)

10th round (219th overall)
Bryce Fiske (D)
5’9 157 lbs, Air Ronge, SK
North East Wolfpack Bantam AA (22/5/16/21/96)

Comments
Rick Kelly
A little surprised at the low profile mention
of Robby Jackson who was also a team
Mate of Comrie and Sarthou. He had 185
points. !!!! And would have challenged
Barzal for # 1 overall if he was 100% committed
to the WHL. Weird. ?
May 07, 2012 - 07:41 PM

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
  • B.C. Division |
  • Central Division |
  • East Division |
  • U.S. Division |
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68