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Bantam Draft

In 1990, the Western Hockey League established the bantam draft to better distribute the talent within its boundaries to its member teams.  The Bantam Draft is held annually by the WHL to provide an orderly transfer of players to WHL Club Protected Player Lists (PPL).  Once a player is selected by a WHL Club, he can only participate in tryout camps and other team activities for that Club.  To attend the camp of another Club, the player must be dropped from his current Club’s PPL.

The WHL Bantam Draft is typically held on the first Thursday in May, at which time WHL Clubs select players who have graduated from the Bantam age category.  All players in the proper age group and WHL territory are automatically eligible for the Draft, and do not need to file any sort of paperwork with the WHL Office. WHL territory includes:

  •     The four western provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.
  •     The U.S. states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The Draft order of selection is determined by where a WHL Club finishes in the WHL Regular Season standings. The Clubs that miss the playoffs are placed into a lottery to determine the selection order for the first round only. After the first round, the Clubs select in order from the fewest to most regular season points.  Teams must have an open slot on their 50-player PPL in order to make a selection in the bantam draft and can continue to draft players as long as they continue to open up slots.

While the WHL Bantam Draft is the first opportunity for teams to select graduating Bantam players, it is not the last chance for a player to be listed or recruited by a WHL Club. After the Draft is completed, all remaining Bantam players become eligible to be listed by WHL Clubs, and many will be added as spots become available on a WHL Club PPL, or as player development improves at a higher level of hockey.

 

2015 Draft            
Rd. No. Player Pos. HT WT Hometown
1 7 Carson Focht F 6'0 158 Regina, SK
2 25 Paycen Bjorklund F 5'9 159 Grand Prairie, AB
3 49 Seth Bafaro D 5'9 160 Revelstoke, B.C.
4 71 Liam Belcourt D 6'2 188 Sherwood Park, AB
4 73 Brendan Saether D 6'3 186 Abbotsford, B.C.
5 93 Keltie Jeri-Leon F 5'11 175 West Kelowna, B.C.
5 104 Jack Barnes F 5'9 161 Plano, TX
5 109 Ryan O'Reilly F 6'0 175 Southlake, TX
7 137 Jaxon Nelson F 6'1 160 Magnolia, MN
8 159 Keagan Rowland F 6'3 165 Lloydminster, AB
 
2014 Draft
Rd. No. Player Pos. HT WT Hometown
1 7 Michael Rasmussen C 6'2 180 Surrey, B.C.
3 45 Kyle Olson C 5'7 135 Calgary, AB
3 50 Brett Leason C 6'0 152 Calgary, AB
4 70 Conor Timlick D 6'3 166 Winnipeg, MB
5 90 Landon Fuller D 6'3 190 100 Mile House, B.C.
5 94 Erik Dahl D 6'1 173 Lakeville, MN
6 116 Riley Sawchuk C 5'5 139 Prince Albert, SK
8 160 Dominik Vlaha G 6'2 159 North Bend, WA
9 182 Korbyn Chabot C 5'9 180 Cranbrook, B.C.
10 204 Bryce DeFazio D 6'2 174 Colorado Springs, CO
             
2013 Draft
Rd. No. Player Pos. HT WT Hometown
1 15 Parker AuCoin C 6'0 176 Calgary, AB
2 29 Nolan Yaremko LW 5'11 178 Edmonton, AB
3 59 Mark Drohan D 5'11 143 Calgary, AB
3 63 Dylan Coghlan D 6'1 174 Nanaimo, B.C.
5 90 Morgan Geekie C 5'11 153 Strathclair, MB
5 95 Jordan Roy C 5'11 154 Lethbridge, AB
6 125 Nicholas Sanders G 5'11 185 Calgary, AB
7 146 Anea Ferrario D 6'0 180 Ogden, UT
8 163 Parker McCormick RW 6'1 178 Regina, SK
8 169 Cory Thomas D 6'1 163 St. Brieux, SK
             
2012 Draft
Rd. No. Player Pos. HT WT Hometown
1 21 Parker Wotherspoon D 5'10 142 Surrey, B.C.
3 46 Braden Purtill C 5'10 176 Winnipeg, MB
3 55 Tyler Fraser D 6'1 160 Surrey, B.C.
3 61 Ty Comrie C 5'10 140 Newport Coast, CA
3 65 Evan Sarthou G 5'11 145 Kent, WA
6 131 Maxwell James LW 6'1 180 Kamloops, B.C.
7 153 Robby Jackson C 5'8 160 Alameda, CA
8 163 Kurtis Rutledge D 6'1 161 Calgary, AB
8 175 Jordan Topping LW 5'11 170 Nanaimo, B.C.
9 197 Cole Gammer RW 6'0 155 Edmonton, AB
10 219 Bryce Fiske D 5'9 157 Air Ronge, SK
             
2011 Draft
Rd. No. Player Pos. HT WT Hometown
4 75 Brian Williams C 5'10 167 San Diego, CA
4 81 Brandon Hickey D 6'0 155 Leduc, AB
4 82 Tyler Mrkonjic F 6'1 160 St. Albert, AB
6 126 Kaleb Denham D 6'1 155 Innisfail, AB
8 170 Jeremy Briscoe D 6'4 190 Phoenix, AZ
9 192 Ryan Tait RW 5'8 150 Santa Clarita, CA
10 214 Brandon Carlo D 6'0 156 Colorado Springs, CO
11 236 Matthew Forchuk C 5'4 130 Okotoks, AB
12 258 Shane McMahan F 5'10 170 Irvine, CA
13 280 Kody Ichinaga LW 5'3 125 Torrance, CA
14 302 Austin Mayton RW 6'0 160 Richland, WA
             
2010 Draft
Rd. No. Player Pos. HT WT Hometown
1 13 Eric Comrie G 5'11 175 Newport Coast, CA
3 63 Justin Spagrud LW 6'0 145 Gull Lake, SK
4 85 Josh Wik D 6'3 184 Swift Current, SK
7 148 Austin Seaman D 5'11 155 Calgary, AB
7 151 Taeron Lewis RW 5'10 160 Winnipeg, MB
8 173 Brian Williams C 5'8 141 Claremont, CA
9 195 Ryer Sawchuk D 6'0 160 Taber, AB
10 217 Clint Filbrandt D 5'6 120 Calgary, AB
11 239 Andrew Oglevie RW 5'10 150 Fullerton, CA
12 261 Taylor Marr F 5'4 131 Twin Butte, AB
             

 

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