2019 WHL Bantam Draft Preview

The 2019 WHL Bantam Draft is set for Thursday morning, May 2nd, from Red Deer, Alberta and the Prince George Cougars will be picking twice in the first-round of the draft for the second consecutive year. Last year, the Cougars selected forward Craig Armstrong (9th) and goaltender Tyler Brennan (21st) with their two first-round selections. Who will it be this year?

General Manager Mark Lamb says they’ve been hard at work readying for the draft in Red Deer, “We’re doing our homework, formulating our lists and getting as much background information as possible on every player we’re interested in. There’s a lot of talent in this draft, especially in the first round. We are looking forward to Thursday morning.”

The Cougars draft inventory is front-loaded, with four picks in the first two rounds and they have six through the first six rounds. Just like last year, it’s another important draft for the Cougars, as they look to add to a young nucleus.

Cougars 2019 Draft Order:

RD 1: 2nd (from Broncos), 4th

RD 2: 26th, 36th (from Winterhawks)

RD 4: 70th

RD 6: 114th

RD 7: 136th, 146th (from Winterhawks)

RD 8: 158th

RD 9: 195th (from Blades)

RD 10: 202nd

RD 11: 224th

RD 12: 246th

The 2003-born draft was a strong one for the Cougars and the 2004-born group is looking like another strong draft class. Here’s DraftGeek’s Top 10 ranked prospects for the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft Guide:

  1. Matthew Savoie -Center- NAX Academy (CSSHL Midget Prep)
  2. Conor Geekie -Center- Yellowhead Chiefs (Winnipeg AAA)
  3. Mats Lindgren -Defenceman- Burnaby Winter Club (CSSHL)
  4. Nate Danielson -Defenceman- Red Deer Rebels (AMBHL)
  5. Keaton Dowhaniuk -Defenceman- OHA Edmonton (CSSHL)
  6. Brandon Lisowsky -Center- Burnaby Winter Club (CSSHL)
  7. Koehn Zimmer -Centre- OHA Edmonton (CSSHL)
  8.  Denton Mateychuk -Defenceman- Eastman Selects (Winnipeg AAA)
  9. Jordan Gustafson -Centre- Fort Saskatchewan Rangers (AMBHL)
  10. Bowden Singleton- Centre- NAX Academy (CSSHL)

Recent draft picks that were on the Cougars’ roster this past season include: Taylor Gauthier (1st-round, 10th overall, 2016), Cole Beamin (2nd-round, 31st overall, 2016) Jackson Leppard (1st-round, 8th overall, 2015), Isaiah DiLaura (8th-round, 160th overall, 2015) and Reid Perepeluk (6th-round, 113th overall, 2015) Craig Armstrong (1st-round, 9th overall, 2018) and Tyler Brennan (1st-round, 21st overall, 2018) both made their WHL debuts this past season.

Players eligible for the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft will be 2004-born players who reside in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.


Following is the order of selection for the first round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft:

1. Winnipeg ICE
2. Prince George Cougars (from Swift Current)
3. Saskatoon Blades (from Regina)
4. Prince George Cougars
5. Kelowna Rockets
6. Brandon Wheat Kings
7. Kamloops Blazers
8. Seattle Thunderbirds
9. Winnipeg ICE (from Red Deer)
10. Brandon Wheat Kings (from Victoria)
11. Calgary Hitmen (from Tri-City)
12. Medicine Hat Tigers
13. Calgary Hitmen
14. Swift Current Broncos (from Portland)
15. Spokane Chiefs
16. Brandon Wheat Kings (from Moose Jaw)
17. Regina Pats (from Lethbridge)
18. Edmonton Oil Kings
19. Victoria Royals (from Saskatoon)
20. Kamloops Blazers (from Everett)
21. Swift Current Broncos (from Vancouver)
22. Prince Albert Raiders

Following is the order of selection for the 2nd and all subsequent rounds of the WHL Bantam Draft:
(Please note that traded picks are not indicated)

1. Swift Current Broncos
2. Winnipeg ICE
3. Regina Pats
4. Prince George Cougars
5. Kelowna Rockets
6. Kamloops Blazers
7.  Seattle Thunderbirds
8.  Brandon Wheat Kings
9. Red Deer Rebels
10. Victoria Royals
11. Tri-City Americans
12. Medicine Hat Tigers
13. Calgary Hitmen
14. Portland Winterhawks
15. Spokane Chiefs
16. Moose Jaw Warriors
17. Lethbridge Hurricanes
18. Edmonton Oil Kings
19. Saskatoon Blades
20. Everett Silvertips
21. Vancouver Giants
22. Prince Albert Raiders

The first round of the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft is scheduled for 8:30 am MT / 7:30 am PT on Thursday, May 2nd, and will be streamed live on the WHL website.

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