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BLAZERS SELECT 10 PLAYERS IN WHL BANTAM DRAFT

 

Calgary, AB – The 2014 WHL Bantam Draft has concluded, and the Blazers have added ten 1999-born players to the hockey club’s protected player list. 

The Kamloops Blazers selected defenseman Nolan Kneen with their third overall pick, the highest in franchise history.  Kneen is a North Vancouver product and was the first defenseman taken in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft behind forwards Stelio Mattheos, who went 1st overall to Brandon, and Jordy Bellerive, who was selected 2nd overall by Lethbridge.

The Blazers went to Kneen’s defensive partner with their second round pick and selected defenseman Connor McDonald from North Vancouver.

The hockey club also completed a pair of trades on the day first re-acquiring 20-year-old defenseman Brady Gaudet from the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for a third round 2014 WHL Bantam Draft pick.

The Blazers then dealt 20-year-old forward Matt Bellerive to the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a fourth round 2015 WHL Bantam Draft pick and a sixth round 2014 WHL Bantam Draft pick.  The Blazers used the sixth round pick to select forward Kyle Bosch from Kindersley, SK.

Among the 10 selections, four players are from B.C., four players are from Alberta, one is from Saskatchewan and one is from Minnesota. A brief synopsis on each player chosen:

Player Stats – GP  G  A  PTS  PIM

Goalie Stats – GP  Record  GAA  SV%

1st round, 3rd overall

RD – Nolan Kneen
5’11” 165lbs
DOB – March 22, 1999
Hometown – North Vancouver, BC
Team – North Shore Winter Club 69 – 22 – 38 – 60 – 164

2nd round, 24th overall
RD – Connor McDonald
5’10” 170lbs
DOB – May 31, 1999
Hometown – North Vancouver, BC
Team – North Shore Winter Club 70 – 16 – 33 – 49 – 119

3rd round, 47th overall
Used to Acquire 20-year-old D Brady Gaudet

3rd round, 55th overall (From Kootenay)
C – Erik Miller
5’10” 148lbs
DOB – March 8, 1999
Hometown – Sherwood Park, AB
Team – Sherwood Park Flyers 33 – 27 – 30 – 57 – 72

4th round, 81st overall (From Everett)
F – Kyler Yeo
Heights/Weights – NA
DOB – March 11, 1999
Hometown – Minneapolis, MN
Team – Hill-Murray
Stats – N/A

6th round, 114th overall (Acquired from Vancouver)
F – Kyle Bosch
5’9″ 150lbs
DOB – January 12, 1999
Hometown – Kindersley, SK
Team – West Central Wheat Kings 30 – 15 – 20 – 35 – 32

7th round, 154th overall (From Prince Albert via Kelowna)
F – Hayden Dick
5’10” 150lbs
DOB – April 13, 1999
Hometown – Kelowna, BC
Team – Okangan Hockey Academy 56 – 1
9 – 28 – 47 – 79

9th round, 178th overall
F – Logan Ganie
5’9″ 150lbs
DOB – June 28, 1999
Hometown – Irma, AB
Team – Lloydminster Heat 31 – 16 – 20 – 36 – 20

10th round, 200th overall
D – Tyrell McCubbing
6’0″ 150lbs
DOB – March 31, 1999
Hometown – Red Deer County, AB
Team – Red Deer Bantam AAA 33 – 7 – 13
– 20 – 42

10th round, 201st overall (From Saskatoon)
G – Dane Dow
5’8″ 140lbs
DOB – January 4, 1999
Hometown – Rivercourse, AB
Team – Lloydminster Heat 17 16-1-0-0 1.53 .928


11th round, 222nd overall
F – Tyler Ward
5’6″ 130lbs
DOB – August 19, 1999
Hometown – Kamloops, BC
Team – Kamloops Jardine Blazers
56 – 34 – 38 – 72 – 38

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