BLAZERS SELECT 10 PLAYERS IN 2013 WHL BANTAM DRAFT
Calgary, AB – The 2013 WHL Bantam Draft has concluded, and the Blazers have added 10 1998-born players to the hockey club’s protected player list.
In the first round, 19th overall, the Blazers selected forward Quinn Benjafield from North Vancouver, BC. Benjafield played this past season for the North Shore Winter Club Bantam AAA hockey club. The 6’0” 155lb right shot forward recorded 63 goals, 69 assists and 132 points in 70 games. Benjafield helped lead his team to the B.C. Provincial Bantam AAA Championship and to the Western Canadian Bantam Championship final.
The Blazers did not have a second round pick this year, but held two picks in the third round. At 48th overall, the Blazers went to Arborg, Manitoba to select Jermaine Loewen. Loewen is a big forward standing at 6’2” and 175lbs who had 31 goals and 55 points in 31 games with the Interlake Bantam AAA team.
At 58th overall, the Blazers selected defenseman Dawson Davidson from Moosomin, Saskatchewan. Davidson led all defensemen in scoring in the Saskatchewan Bantam AA league with 49 points in 25 games.
In the fourth round, the Blazers selected forward Phillip Knies from Phoenix, Arizona. Knies played for the Arizona Bobcats Bantam AAA team and is regarded as one of the top American born prospects available in the WHL Bantam Draft.
In rounds six through eight, the Blazers chose four players. At 129th overall, defenseman James Miller was selected from Sherwood Park, Alberta. In the seventh round, the Blazers selected forward Garrett Pilon, the son of former NHL defenseman Rich Pilon, and defenseman Clint Colebourn. Colebourn is from North Vancouver and played this past season with the Blazers’ first round pick, Quinn Benjafield.
Goaltender Dylan Ferguson was selected by the Blazers in the eighth round. He was the lone goaltender taken by the Blazers in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Also in the eighth round, the Blazers selected Keenan Roszko, a forward from Sherwood Park, Alberta. With the Blazers’ final pick in the 10th round, the hockey club selected Jordan Deyrmenjian from Vancouver, BC.
A breakdown by position of the ten players selected by the players includes six forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender. A breakdown of the selections by region includes four players from B.C., two from Saskatchewan, two from Alberta, one from Manitoba, and one player from Arizona.
A brief synopsis on each player chosen:
Player Stats – GP G A PTS PIM
Goalie Stats – GP Record GAA SV%
1st Round – 19th Overall
RW – Quinn Benjafield
Born – February 2/98
Hometown – North Vancouver, BC
Team: North Shore Winter Club Bantam AAA 70 63 69 132 18
3rd Round – 48th Overall
LW – Jermaine Loewen
Born – January 18/98
Hometown – Arborg, MB
Team: Interlake Bantam AAA 31 31 24 55 26
3rd Round – 58th Overall
D – Dawson Davidson
Born – April 7/98
Hometown – Moosomin, SK
Team: Melville Millionaires Bantam AA 25 20 29 49 62
4th Round – 85th Overall
C/LW – Phillip Knies
Born – January 1/98
Hometown – Phoenix, AZ
Team: Arizona Bobcats Bantam Stats Not Available
6th Round – 129th Overall
D – James Miller
Born – February 20/98
Hometown – Spruce Grove, AB
Team: Spruce Grove Bantam AAA 25 2 20 22 85
7th Round – 133rd Overall
C – Garrett Pilon
Born – April 13/98
Hometown – Kindersley, SK
Team: West Central Kings Bantam AA 27 24 28 52 16
*Son of former NHL player Rich Pilon*
7th Round – 151st Overall
D – Clint Colebourn
Born – November 25/98
Hometown – North Vancouver, BC
Team: North Shore Winter Club Bantam AAA 67 10 21 31 50
8th Round – 166th Overall
G – Dylan Ferguson
Born – September 20/98
Hometown – Lantzville, BC
Team: Notre Dame Bantam AAA 16 12-1-2 2.81 NA
8th Round – 173rd Overall
RW – Keenan Roszko
Born – February 11/98
Hometown – Sherwood Park, AB
Team: Sherwood Park Bantam AAA 26 13 10 23 60
10th Round – 217th Overall
LW – Jordan Deyrmenjian
Born – February 5/98
Hometown – Vancouver, BC
Team: Vancouver Thunderbirds Bantam A1 Stats Not Available
For a complete rundown on the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, please visit http://www.whl.ca.