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10 PLAYERS CHOSEN IN 2015 WHL BANTAM DRAFT

BLAZERS SELECT 10 PLAYERS IN WHL BANTAM DRAFT

Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers selected 10 players in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft in Calgary.

The Blazers first pick was the first pick in the second round, 23rd overall, as they chose forward Jackson Shepard from West Vancouver. Shepard played with the North Shore Winter Club Bantam AAA team and recorded 111 points in 61 games.

With the 26th overall pick, the Blazers chose defenseman Devan Harrison from Dysart, SK. He is listed at 6’2” and 165lbs and played for the Prairie Storm in Bantam AAA.

The Blazers did not have a pick in the third round, but selected three players in the fourth round.

Among the 10 selections, the Blazers chose six forwards and four defensemen. Five players are from B.C., three players are from Saskatchewan and two players are from Alberta.

Here is a brief synopsis and quote from Director of Player Personnel, Matt Recchi, on each player chosen:

Player Stats – GP G A PTS PIM

 

2nd round, 23rd overall (From Saskatoon)
LW – Jackson Shepard
5’8″ 155lbs
DOB – February 28, 2000
Hometown – West Vancouver, BC
Team – North Shore Winter Club 61 – 32 – 79 – 111 – 98

“Jackson is a highly competitive and skilled player. He is relentless on the puck and prides himself with a tremendous work ethic.”

2nd round, 26th overall
LD – Devan Harrison
6’2″ 165lbs
DOB – January 6, 2000
Hometown – Dysart, SK
Team – Prairie Storm Bantam AA 31 – 10 – 25 – 35 – 32

“Devan is a big, solid and steady presence on the backend. He is a smart and patient defender that moves the puck well.”

4th round, 81st overall (From Seattle)
LC – Ryley Appelt
6’1″ 166lbs
DOB – January 27, 2000
Hometown – Edmonton, AB
Team – Edmonton CAC Bantam AAA 25 – 12 – 8 – 20 – 71

“Ryley is a big powerful forward who plays a hard two-way game.”

4th round, 82nd overall (From Victoria via Red Deer)
LD – Luke Zazula
5’8″ 150lbs
DOB – May 18, 2000
Hometown – Langley, BC
Team – Delta Academy Bantam Prep. 45 – 9 – 36 – 45

“Luke is an excellent skater who competes very hard. He is a smart player and plays the game the right way.”

4th round, 84th overall (From Vancouver via Medicine Hat)
LW – Brodi Stuart
5’9” 150lbs
DOB – March 10, 2000
Hometown – Langley, BC
Team – Delta Academy Bantam Prep 47 – 30 – 40 – 70

“Brodi has good hockey sense and a great shot. He got better and better throughout the season.”


5th round, 100th overall (From Kootenay)
LC – Carson Denomie
5’11” 178lbs
DOB – January 27, 2000
Hometown – Regina, SK
Team – Regina Blues Bantam AAA 30 – 36 – 23 – 59 – 84

“Carson is a hard working forward. He is strong on the puck and plays with energy.”

7th round, 136th overall
LC – Jake Tremblay
5’8″ 145lbs
DOB – March 2, 2000
Hometown – Pense, SK
Team – Prairie Storm Bantam AA 29 – 19 – 14 – 33 – 8

“Jake has tremendous speed and plays a solid two-way game.”

8th round, 178th overall
RD – Kaiden Collumb
6’0″ 172lbs
DOB – June 4, 2000
Hometown – Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Team – Fort Saskatchewan Rangers 33 – 0 – 4 – 4 – 40

“Kaiden is a steady and safe defenseman who improved throughout the season.”

9th round, 180th overall
F – Tanner Bahm
5’9″ 150lbs
DOB – April 28, 2000
Hometown – Dawson Creek, BC
Team – Okanagan Hockey Academy 21 – 3 – 7 – 10 – 38

“Tanner is a hard-nosed and gritty player with good speed.”

10th round, 202nd overall
D – Sean Strange
6’0″ 150lbs
DOB – January 25, 2000
Hometown – Saanich, BC
Team – Saanich Braves Bantam AA – Stats N/A

“Sean is a big puck moving defenseman. He plays a very steady game.”

 

For a complete rundown on the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, please visit http://www.whl.ca.

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