Tuesday, April 10, 2012

2012 WHL bantam draft preview: Forwards

Previously in our bantam draft preview we featured defenceman. You can read that entry here, and after the jump, check out our panel of scouts top ten forwards heading into this year's draft. As always remember that this isn't personal and if your 'player' isn't on our list doesn't mean he's not on someone else's. Enjoy.

10. Ty Ronning (RW) – Burnaby Winter Club 5’7” 140 lbs 
"maybe the best habits of any forward in this draft” “...has work ethic like his father, and maybe more skill”

Keegan Kolesar
 9. Keegan Kolesar (RW) Winnipeg Hawks 5’11” 210 lbs 
“best power forward in this draft..”
 “I think this kid hassoft hands and good scoring touch for such a thick kid”

 8. Colt Conrad (C) Pembina Valley 5’ 8” 150lbs 
Carried his rural MB team all the way to Westerns “top forward from MB this year”
“...wow, has exceptional puck skills and vision”

  7. Tyler Soy (C) Cloverdale Colts 5”11 162 lbs 
“solid two way player”
 “makes others around him better..”

6. Jayden Halbgewachs (LW) 5”7” 152 lbs 
 this guy is as dynamic as they come”
 “he's the top forward out of Saskatchewan in this draft”

5. Nick Merkley (C) Calgary Bisons 5’ 9” 155lbs 
“best forward in Southern Alberta...a game changer”
“..for me the best hands in this draft”

4. Giorgio Estaphan (C) SSAC Lions 5’11” 165 lbs 
“strong two way centreman” "a leader than knows how to win" “...skill and character”

3. Jansen Harkins (C) North Shore Winter Club 5’11” 154 lbs 
“intelligent player, good overall awareness on ice”
“He's a natural goal scorer who will compete in all 3 zones”

2. Adam Musil Burnaby Winter Club 6’1” 165 lbs 
“Franks kid is an exceptional skater for a big power forward”
 “not fun to play against... very tough”
Matthew Barzal

1 .Matthew Barzal Burnaby Winter Club 5’10” 159lbs 
“a player in his own league”
 “...does what he wants- when he wants”
 “a super star in waiting, wouldn't be surprised if someone tried to get him in the league next year”

Knocking on the Door Glen Gawdin (Seafair Islanders), Brad Morrison (OHA), Chris Seto (Cloverdale Colts), Matthew Campese (PA Raiders), Tyrell Draude (Sask Valley Vipers), Regan Nagy (Weyburn Redwings), Andrew Koep (Lloydminster Heat), Jackson Keane (Winnipeg Monarchs) r-

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