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BLAZERS SELECT 10 PLAYERS IN 2018 WHL BANTAM DRAFT

BLAZERS SELECT 10 PLAYERS IN 2018 WHL BANTAM DRAFT

Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers selected 10 players in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft in Calgary on Thursday.

The Blazers picked the hometown kid 5th overall as they selected right shot center Logan Stankoven. The 5’7” and 165lb forward had 57 goals, 33 assists and 90 points in 30 games this season with Yale Academy in Abbotsford, BC.

In total, the Blazers selected five defensemen and five forwards. By region, the hockey club chose seven players from B.C., two from Saskatchewan and one from California.

The Blazers also made two separate roster transactions. They sent 20-year-old forward Quinn Benjafield and a conditional draft pick to the Edmonton Oil Kings in exchange for 19-year-old forward Kobe Mohr. The Blazers also sent 19-year-old forward Erik Miller to the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2019.

Player Stats – GP  G  A  PTS  PIM

1st round, 5th overall
Right Center – Logan Stankoven
5’7″ 165lbs
DOB – February 26, 2003
Hometown – Kamloops, BC
Team – Yale Hockey Academy 30 – 57 – 33 – 90 – 6 (10 points in 3 playoff games)

“Logan has high end skills and is tenacious on the puck. He is an extremely driven and competitive kid and we can’t wait to see him in a Kamloops Blazers uniform.”
2nd round, 27th overall
Right Defenseman – Logan Bairos
5’10″ 155lbs
DOB – January 11, 2003
Hometown – Saskatoon, SK
Team – Saskatoon Stallions Bantam AA 31 – 15 – 27 – 42 – 30

“Logan is an exceptional skater with a great skill set. He controls the game from the backend and is a competitive player.”

 

3rd round, 49th overall
Left Center – Caeden Bankier
5’10″ 145lbs
DOB – January 26, 2003
Hometown – Surrey, BC
Team – Burnaby Winter Club 30 – 16 – 12 – 28 – 18

“Caeden is an offensive minded player with great work ethic and hockey sense.”

5th round, 93rd overall
Right Wing – Matthew Seminoff
5’8″ 140lbs
DOB – December 27, 2003
Hometown – Coquitlam, BC
Team – Burnaby Winter Club 30 – 12 – 13 – 25 – 12

“Matthew is a very skilled player that has a lot of creativity. He is hard and competitive on the puck.”

 

7th round, 137th overall
Left Defense – Luke Rybinski
6’2″ 160lbs
DOB – November 19, 2003
Hometown – Vancouver, BC
Team – St. George’s Bantam Varsity 29 – 23 – 36 – 59 – 41

“Luke is a big defender that improved all season. He makes a great first pass and has a high hokey iq.”

 

7th round, 139th overall
Right Defense – Brayden Ross
6’2″ 160lbs
DOB – April 8, 2003
Hometown – Campbell River, BC
Team – Campbell River Bantam AA

“Brayden is a solid defenseman with a lot of upside. He plays a strong and steady game.”

 

7th round, 151st overall
Left Wing – Karter McNarland
5’7″ 135lbs
DOB – February 10, 2003
Hometown – Saskatoon, SK
Team – Saskatoon Generals 23 – 24 – 41 – 65 – 6

“Karter is always around the puck which showed in his point totals this season. His skills and instincts are impressive.”

 

8th round, 159th overall
Left Defence – Josh Wessels
5’11″ 174lbs
DOB – March 8, 2003
Hometown – Richmond, BC
Team – Seafair Islanders Bantam AAA

“Josh was the captain of his team this season and led them to the Western Canada Bantam Championship. He is a solid two-way defender.”

 

8th round, 176th overall
Forward – Benjamin Palmersheim
5’10″ 160lbs
DOB – February 3, 2003
Hometown – Palm Springs, CA
Team – Anaheim Jr. Ducks 48 – 14 – 16 – 30 – 70

“Benjamin is a player we identified and coveted this season. He is a solid two way player with a knack for the net.”

 

9th round, 181st overall
Right Wing – Oliver Gabrielson
5’8″ 145lbs
DOB – February 15, 2003
Hometown – Vancouver, BC
Team – St. George’s Academy Bantam Varsity 30 – 30 – 40 – 70 – 10

“Oliver is a solid defenseman with great instincts. He makes a great first pass and defends well.”

To purchase your 2017-18 season tickets, or for other ticketing information, please contact either Sean or Missy at 250-828-1144 or by email at spitts@blazerhockey.com or mcederholm@blazerhockey.com.

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