The Prince George Cougars had nine picks in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft and they used their eighth selection, 104th overall, in the 5th-round to select forward Michael Svenson from the Rink Hockey Academy (RHA) in Winnipeg.
Svenson, a right-winger, posted 16 goals and 28 points in 30 regular season games in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League with RHA. He was teammates with fellow Cougars draft picks in goaltender Ty Brennan and defenseman Hudson Thornton. In five playoff games in the CSSHL, Svenson had four assists, as RHA made it all the way to the Bantam Prep championship game.
“He plays the game the old-fashioned way, he’s very physical and aggressive on the body, plus he brings an element of secondary scoring,” says Director of Scouting Bob Simmonds. “He’s another player the fans will love in Prince George.”
Svenson says he looks up to former Brandon Wheat Kings standout and current Philadelphia Flyers forward Nolan Patrick. The 5’11, 170 pound forward thinks his hard-nose, physical approach is suited for the WHL level. The Île-des-Chênes, Manitoba, product is entering his first season at the Midget level and will play for the Eastman Selects out in Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.
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