WHL 2012 Bantam Draft Top 30

The 2012 WHL Bantam draft is set to go Thursday, May 3rd inCalgary,Alberta.


About the WHL Bantam Draft (WHL.ca)

“The bantam draft allows for the orderly transfer of players to WHL Protected Player Lists (PPL) from the bantam ranks (13-14 year-olds).

The WHL Bantam Draft is an annual outing, in which the Club’s of the Western Hockey League select players who have graduated from bantam. The draft’s order of selection depends on where the team finishes in the League standings. The Club’s that miss the playoffs are placed into a lottery for the 1st round only. After the 1st round, the Club’s select in order from fewest to most regular season points.

During the bantam draft (typically held in early May), players from the four Western Provinces and the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming are eligible to be selected. For the 2010 bantam draft, players born in 1995 may be selected.

Players from non-North American countries are allowed to be added in the CHL Import Draft which is held in June.”



Chris’s List 

This is indeed more of a listing of the top 30 more so than an actual ranking of the young guns, as I have not seen many of these talented kids live or via video. Having said that, I have given something of an order to the list below, based on research and consultations with those in the know.


Honourable Mentions:

Skater: Jordan Kawaguchi – F, Pursuit of Excellence 5’8”, 140 lbs

Goalie: Zachery Sawchenk – G,CalgaryRoyals 5’11” 172 lbs

The Top 30:

30. Brennan Riddle – D, Prairie Storm 6’1” 160 lbs

29. Kevin Davis – D, Kamloops Bantam Blazers 5”11” 155 lbs

28. Ryan Gardiner – D, Winnipeg Sharks 5’11” 168 lbs

27. Ethan Price – F, OmahaU16 5’10” 175 lbs

26. Robby Jackson – F, L.A. Selects 5’8” 160 lbs

25.  Travis Child – G, Camrose Vikings 6’2” 170 lbs

24. Keoni Texeira – D, L.A.Selects

23. Evan Fiala – D, Sask.ValleyVipers 6’2” 171lbs”

22. Brendan Guhle – D, Sherwood Park 6’1” 157 lbs

21. Nick McBride – G, BurnabyWinter Club  6’2” 164 lbs

20. Brady Reagan – D, OkanaganHockeyAcademy6’2” 183lbs

19. Parker Wotherspoon – D, Cloverdale Colts 5’11” 162lbs

18. Tyrell Draude – F, Sask.ValleyVipers

17. Colt Conrad – F, PembinaValley5’ 8” 150lbs

16. Ethan Bear – D, Pursuit of Excellence 5’11” 180lbs

15. Keegan Kolesar – F, WinnipegHawks 5’11” 210 lbs

14. Glen Gawdin – F, Seafair Islanders 5’11” 167 lbs

13. Joe Gatenby – D, Pursuit of Excellence 5’11” 165 lbs

12. Thomas Lenchyshyn – D, Eastman Selects 6’1 185 lbs

11. Ty Schultz – D, Burnaby Winter Club 5’11” 160 lbs

10. Brad Morrison – F, OkanaganHockeyAcademy 

9. Tate Olson – D, Saskatoon Stallions 6’0 170 lbs

8. Jayden Halbgewachs – F, Prairie Storm 5”7” 152 lbs

7. Ty Ronning – F, BurnabyWinter Club 5’7” 140 lbs (son of Cliff Ronning)

6. Tyler Soy – F, Cloverdale Colts 5”11 162 lbs

5. Nick Merkley – F, Calgary Bisons 5’ 9” 155lbs

4. Giorgio Estaphan – F, SSAC Lions 5’11” 165 lbs

3. Jansen Harkins – F, NorthShoreWinter Club 5’11” 154 lbs

2. Adam Musil – F, Burnaby Winter Club 6’1” 165 lbs (son of Frantisek Musil)

1. Mathew Barzal – F, Burnaby Winter Club 5’10” 159lbs

Barzal appears to be the clear cut number one pick with some stating there’s Barzal, and then there’s everyone else.


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2 thoughts on “WHL 2012 Bantam Draft Top 30”

  1. We’re almost about ready for lift off!

    Webcast & live results:
    http://www.whl.ca/article/2012-whl-bantam-draft-webcast-results 1st ROUND ORDER OF SELECTION
    Following is the order of selection for the 1st round of the WHL Bantam Draft:1). Seattle Thunderbirds2). Prince Albert Raiders3). Prince George Cougars4). Lethbridge Hurricanes5). Swift Current Broncos6). Red Deer Rebels7). Everett Silvertips8). Victoria Royals9). Kelowna Rockets10). Kootenay Ice11). Regina Pats12). Brandon Wheat Kings13). Saskatoon Blades14). Spokane Chiefs15). Vancouver Giants16). Medicine Hat Tigers17). Calgary Hitmen18). Moose Jaw Warriors19). Kamloops Blazers20). Portland Winterhawks21). Tri-City Americans22). Edmonton Oil Kings 

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