Wednesday, May 4, 2011

WHL Bantam Draft Preview: Final Rankings


The next wave of WHL stars will be selected tomorrow in Calgary during the league's Bantam Draft. In the past players like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Brayden Coburn, Kyle Chipchura and Gilbert Brule have gone first overall, so it doesn't always mean said player will be a super star. Here now is our top 22 compiled through several different lists we have received.

The strangest fact about this year's draft: for the second straight year a 'Brian Williams' from the LA Selects could get drafted. Last year Tri City took Brian Williams late and recently signed him...we can only hope Bob Tory goes back to the Selects to take Williams this year and they some day play together.

1. Brycen Martin (D) -Calgary Bisons (left)

2. Jacob Virtanen (RW)-Abbotsford Hawks

3. Ryan Pilon (D)-Warman Wildcats

4. Reid Duke (RW)-Calgary Royals

5. Ryan Gropp (LW)-Kamloops Blazers

6. Miles Warketine (RW)-Prince Albert Pirates

7. Ty Mappin (RW)-Red Deer Rebels White

8. Jordan Thomson (D)-SouthWest Cougars

9. Joe Hicketts (D)-Kamloops Blazers

10. Reid Gardiner (C)-Humboldt Broncos

11. Tanner MacMaster (LW)-Calgary Bisons

12. Adam Brooks (C)-Winnipeg Hawks

13. Conner Bleackley (C)-Okotoks Oilers

14. Brian Williams (C)-LA Selects

15. Aaron Irving (D)-SSAC Lions

16. Colin Shirley (C)-Saskatoon Bandits

17. Blake Penner (LW)-Notre Dame Hounds

18. Rhett Gardner (LW)-Moose Jaw Warriors

19. Dakota Odgers (C)-Melvile Millionaires

20. Jordan Harris (D)-Prince Albert Pirates

21. Riley Stadel (D)-Cloverdale Colts

22. Hayden Fleury (D)-Notre Dame Hounds

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