Cougars Make Selections at the 2013 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

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Dan O’Connor

May 2, 2013, Prince George, BC (ISN) – The Prince George Cougars are pleased to select defenceman Josh Anderson (Duncan, B.C.) with the third overall pick in the 2013 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Anderson (6’1″, 202 pounds) recorded 18 goals, 52 points and 80 penalty minutes in 52 games last season with the Cowichan Valley Tier 1 Capitals.

“Josh brings an element of size, strength and toughness and a great skating ability to our club,” said Prince George Cougars Western Area scout Ron Gunville. “We think he brings a little bit of everything that we needed in our organization.”

The Prince George Cougars are scheduled to make their next selection in the second round (24th overall).

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With their eighth round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, the Prince George Cougars have selected forward Josh Curtis (Winnipeg, MB).

Curtis (5’10, 148 pounds) spent last season with the Winnipeg Monarchs (WBD1) where he scored 18 goals and 47 points in 30 games. He added 12 penalty minutes.

“Josh Curtis is a skilled forward who is strong on the puck, sees the ice well and has an excellent compete level,” said Prince George Cougars Pacific Area scout Bob Simmonds. “We were surprised to see him still available but we’re glad that he was.”

Curtis is the fifth forward and first Manitoba player selected by the Cougars in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

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With the 24th overall selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, the Prince George Cougars have selected forward Kody McDonald (Lethbridge, AB).

McDonald scored 30 goals and 88 points along with 101 penalty minutes with the Pursuit of Excellence T1 team in Kelowna. He chipped in with one goal and eight points in four playoff games and also suited up for five games in the Alberta Cup where he scored two goals and six points along with eight penalty minutes.

“He’s a big, strong right winger with a big shot,” said Prince George Cougars Western Area scout Ron Gunville. “Kody plays with an edge, and is your prototypical power forward.”

He is the first forward selected by the Prince George Cougars in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. The Cougars next scheduled selection will be in the third round (52nd overall).

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The Prince George Cougars have selected forward Kolby Johnson (Kerrobert, SK) with their third round pick (52nd overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

Johnson (6’1″, 180 pounds) scored 20 goals, 44 points and 64 penalty minutes in 27 games with the West Central Wheat Kings last season. He also recorded three points in three playoff games.

“We have added another big, strong power forward to our organization,” said Prince George Cougars Pacific Area Scout, Bob Simmonds. “He’s a physically intimidating player who is very tough to play against.”

Kolby Johnson is the second forward and third player selected so far by the Prince George Cougars in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. The next scheduled selection for the Prince George Cougars will be late in the fifth round (109th overall).

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The Prince George Cougars have acquired 1996-born forward Tyler Mrkonjic from the Tri-City Americans. In return, the Cougars part with a fourth round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

Last season Mrkonjic (6’2″, 170 pounds) recorded 10 goals and 18 points in 30 games with the St. Albert Raiders (Midget AAA). He also played eight games with the Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League where he scored two goals and one assist. He was originally a fourth round pick (82nd overall) of the Tri-City Americans in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

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The Prince George Cougars have selected forward Lane Zablocki (Wetaskiwin, AB) with their fifth round pick (109th overall) in the 2013 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Zablocki (5’10”, 150 pounds) registered 21 goals, 45 points and 32 penalty minutes in 33 games with Leduc (AMBHL). He added three assists in three playoff games and also tallied a goal and three points in five games with Team Central at the Alberta Cup.

“Lane is a very fast, skilled offensive forward who has steadily improved and grown as a player this past season,” said Prince George Cougars BCMML scout Todd Harkins. “With his late birthday he’s almost a year younger than most kids drafted so far.”

Zablocki is the third consecutive forward taken by the Prince George Cougars in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. The Cougars are scheduled to have back-to-back picks in the sixth round (117th and 118th overall).

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With their first pick in the sixth round (117th overall), the Prince George Cougars have selected right-handed defenceman Curran Reeve (Saskatoon, SK).

Reeve (5’9″, 165 pounds) spent last season with the Saskatoon Outlaws (SCWB). In 24 games, Reeve scored 13 goals, 25 assists and added 64 penalty minutes.

“Curran is a skilled right handed defenceman who could potentially quarterback our power play down the road,” said Prince George Cougars Western Area scout Ron Gunville. “He’s got a good shot, and is an excellent skater with great family blood lines.”

Reeve is the second defenceman, and fifth player taken overall by the Prince George Cougars during the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

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The Prince George Cougars have selected forward Dylan Strahan (Hermosa Beach, CA) in the sixth round (118th overall) of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

Strahan played last season with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings and scored 34 goals, and 112 points in 55 games.

“Dylan is a great young man with really good hands and skills,” said Scott Norton of Norton Sports Management. “He’s a lanky center who could develop into a top line player in the WHL as he fills out.”

Strahan is the fourth forward, and first US-born player selected by the Prince George Cougars in the 2013 draft. The Cougars are scheduled to make their next selection in the eighth round (156th overall).

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With their ninth round selection (178th overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, the Prince George Cougars have selected goaltender Kye Steinke (Regina, SK).

Steinke (6’3″, 178 pounds) spent last season with the Regina Monarchs (Bantam AA).

“We’re happy to add a tall, athletic goaltender,” said Prince George Cougars Western Area scout Ron Gunville.

Steinke is the third Saskatchewan-born player and the first goalie selected by the Prince George Cougars during the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

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The Prince George Cougars have selected defenceman Dennis Cholowski (Langley, B.C.) in the 10th round (200th overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

Cholowski (5’6″, 126 pounds) played Bantam with Langley A1 last season.

“He is one of the most skilled defenceman in the draft,” said Prince George Cougars BCMML scout Todd Harkins. “He’s got great vision, is a slick skater and we are glad he was still around at this time.”

Cholowski is the third defenceman and the ninth player selected by the Prince George Cougars in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

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With their final pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, the Prince George Cougars have selected forward Cole Young (Saskatoon, SK) in the 11th round (222nd overall).

Last season with the Saskatoon Frostbite Young (5’10”, 178 pounds) scored 14 goals, 36 points and 44 penalty minutes in 26 games.

“Cole has good size, and is a good skater,” said Prince George Cougars Western Area scout Ron Gunville. “We expect him to grow to be a big forward in the future.”

Young is the fourth Saskatchewan-born player selected by the Prince George Cougars in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

 

 

 

 

 

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