Cougars to select 15th overall in 2021 WHL Prospects Draft

The Prince George Cougars will select 15th overall in the 2021 Western Hockey League (WHL) Prospects Draft, following the completion of the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft Lottery Wednesday morning.

It marks the first time in Prince George Cougars’ franchise history they will select 15th overall. The Cougars will select 11th overall in the second round and all subsequent rounds.

All 22 WHL teams participated in the four-phase lottery, unique for the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft. The lottery proceedings determined the order of selection for the first round of the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft, with inverse order of standing from the 2020-21 WHL Regular Season determining the order of selection for the second round and all subsequent rounds.

Pool A teams included WHL Division Champions from 2020-21: Brandon Wheat Kings, Edmonton Oil Kings, Everett Silvertips, and Kamloops Blazers.

Teams from Pool B, which included the Cougars, and Pool C had the opportunity to obtain the first-overall selection in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft, while WHL Division Champions from Pool A had the opportunity to move up and select sixth overall.

The Spokane Chiefs won Wednesday’s draft lottery. The Tri-City Americans will pick second, the Brandon Wheat Kings have the third and fourth overall selections, after previous trades with the Victoria Royals and Moose Jaw Warriors. The Red Deer Rebels round out the top five.

The 2021 WHL Prospects Draft is scheduled for Thursday, December 9, 2021.

Players eligible for the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft will be 2006-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.

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