The WHL held it's draft lottery today in Calgary and with the most balls in the bucket, the Prince George Cougars have won the first overall pick. The Cougars who finished last in the WHL this year had 6 balls, followed by the Edmonton Oil Kings with 5, Lethbridge with 4, Seattle had 3, Regina 2 and Prince Albert 1.
And that's exactly how they teams ended up after the lottery.
1. Prince George
6. Prince Albert
Expect the Cougars to select Alex Forsberg with the first overall pick, and give him a chance to play with his brother Jesse in 2 years time. The now 15 year old was tied for 3rd in scoring with Beardy's of the Saskatchewan AAA Midget League this year. He tallied 26 goals, 46 assists in 44 games this year and has notched a point in 17 of his last 19 games with 31 points during the span, including a 5 point game against Prince Albert. Currently he has a point in all 6 playoff games with 7 goals and 2 assists overall.
The Pipeline Show has been grilling WHL scouts for sometime now and starting next week will come out with our weekly look at the bantam draft, that lead up to the event being held in Edmonton April 29th. Keep checking back for our reports.