Blades Add 15 New Prospects in 2013 WHL Bantam Draft

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Saskatoon Blades

Cody Nickolet

May 2, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – Fifteen new prospects were added to the Saskatoon Blades organization Thursday at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft in Calgary, Alberta.

Despite not having a first round pick, the Blades were active at the draft in Calgary, Alberta.  When it was all said and done, Saskatoon added 15 new prospects to their 50-man protected list.

To kick things off, Saskatoon made a pair of deals late in the second round with the Vancouver Giants. The Blades were originally scheduled to pick 39th overall, but dealt that pick to the Vancouver Giants in exchange for the 41st pick overall. The Blades and Giants then made another swap. Saskatoon acquired the 44th overall pick from Vancouver, along with 1997-born forward Owen Sillinger, in exchange for a 2nd round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. Sillinger was a 10th round selection by the Giants in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

After those deals, got their selections started.

2nd Round – 41st Overall – Nolan Reid – RD – Deer Valley, SK

The Saskatoon Blades first selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft was defenceman Nolan Reid from Deer Valley, Saskatchewan. Reid played bantam for Notre Dame this season, registering 10 goals and 27 points in 30 games to go along with 30 PIMs. He’s listed at 5’9.5″ and 153 lbs.

“Nolan is an offensive defenceman,” said Blades Assistant General Manager Jarrod Brodsky. “We felt that he is one of the most skilled defenceman in the draft, one of the better puck movers. We feel that he’s a solid all-round player with a lot of offensive upside.”

2nd Round – 44th Overall – Parker Smyth – LW – Red Deer, AB

The Saskatoon Blades second selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft was left winger Parker Smyth from Red Deer, Alberta. He spent the year with Red Deer Rebels Black bantam-AAA team. In 31 games, he scored 16 goals to go along with 16 assists and 90 PIMs. He’s listed at 6’0 and 158 lbs and is the nephew of current Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Smyth.

“Parker is our type of player,” said Blades Assistant General Manager Jarrod Brodsky. “He’s a big winger who skates well, plays a solid two-way game and is one of the hardest working kids in this entire draft. We’re glad to add him to our organization.”

4th Round – 67th Overall – Luke Gingras – FW – Langley, BC

The Saskatoon Blades third selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft was forward Luke Gingras of Langley, BC, where he played bantam this season with the Eagles. He’s listed at 6’0 and 170 lbs.

“We were really happy Luke was still there in the 4th round,” said Blades Assistant General Manager Jarrod Brodsky. “Luke is a physical player who always finishes his checks. He’s really one of the most physical forwards in this draft and he has skill to compliment that part of his game.”

6th Round – 127th Overall – Dean Stewart – RD – Portage, MB

The Saskatoon Blades fourth selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft was defenceman Dean Stewart of Portage, Manitoba. He is listed at 5’10 and 140 lbs. In 27 games this season, Stewart registered 8 asssists and 27 PIMs.

“We feel that Dean is a good puck moving defenceman,” said Blades Assistant General Manager Jarrod Brodsky. “Not only does he move the puck, but he skates well and we feel that he has some really good offensive upside to his game.”

7th Round – 149th Overall – Joel Lakusta – RD – Sherwood Park, AB

The Saskatoon Blades fifth selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft was defenceman Joel Lakusta of Sherwood Park, Alberta. Lakusta is listed at 5’11 and 143 lbs. In 27 games this year he registered 5 goals and 25 points to go along with 43 PIMs.

“Joel is a player who we’ve seen steady growth from all season long,” said Blades Assistant General Manager Jarrod Brodsky. “He’s got pretty good size and we like the way he plays. He keeps things nice and simple and also plays with an edge. He’s a good fit going forward.”

8th Round – 171st Overall – Shaye Seefried – RD – Bearspaw, AB

The Saskatoon Blades sixth selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft was defenceman Shaye Seefried of Bearspaw, Alberta. Seefried is listed at 6’0 and 156 lbs and played his bantam hockey in Airdrie, Alberta this season. In 33 games this year, he registered 9 assists and 50 PIMs.

“Shaye is a very physical defenceman,” said Blades Assistant General Manager Jarrod Brodsky. “He keeps it very simple in his own zone and he’s a very solid defensive defenceman.”

9th Round – 177th Overall – Peter Tomaras – RW – Edmonton, AB

The Saskatoon Blades seventh selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft was right winger Peter Tomaras of Edmonton, Alberta. The Blades acquired this pick from Vancouver in exchange for a 9th round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. Tomaras is listed at 5’8.5″ and 163 lbs and spent the season with the South Side Athletic Club. He registered 21 goals and 40 points in 33 games to go along with 18 PIMs.

“Peter was a key member of the SSAC during their run to become Western Champions,” said Blades Assistant General Manager Jarrod Brodsky. “He’s a gritty and hard-nosed player. He simply knows how to play the game and he won’t be outworked.”

9th Round – 186th Overall – Alexander Buchanan – LW – Kamloops, BC

The Saskatoon Blades eighth selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft was left winger Alexander Buchanan of Kamloops, BC. Buchanan is listed at 5’11 and 168 lbs. He played his hockey in Kamloops this season and is a left handed shot.

“We saw lots of improvement this year from Alex, especially at the BC Cup,” said Blades Assistant General Manager Jarrod Brodsky. “He competes hard, plays for keeps and is a tireless worker.”

9th Round – 193rd Overall – Damien Bentz – C – Punnichy, SK

The Saskatoon Blades ninth selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft was Damien Bentz of Punnichy, Saskatchewan. Bentz is listed at 5’6 and 140 lbs. He scored 15 goals and put up 41 points in 27 games this year with Balgonie. He also registered 36 PIMs.

“We were very happy to grab Damien at this point in the draft,” said Blades Assistant General Manager Jarrod Brodsky. “We thought he played very well at the Western Bantam Championships for Balgonie. He’s a smaller player but he works hard and has skill.”

10th Round – 206th Overall – Brett Clayton – LW – Abbotsford, BC

The Saskatoon Blades tenth selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft was Brett Clayton of Abbotsford, BC. Clayton is a left winger who is listed at 5’11 and 155 lbs. He spent the year playing tier-1 bantam in Abbotsford this season and is the brother of current Calgary Hitmen forward Chase Clayton.

“Brett is a good two-way forward,” said Blades Assistant General Manager Jarrod Brodsky. “He’s got pretty decent size, plays with grit and is always competing out on the ice no matter what the situation.”

10th Round – 214th Overall – Carter Brown – RD – Edmonton, AB

The Saskatoon Blades eleventh selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft was defenceman Carter Brown of Edmonton, AB. Brown appeared in 33 games this season for his Knights of Columbus club. The 5’11 and 142 lb defenceman registered 7 points and 60 PIMs.

“Carter is a defenceman with good size,” said Blades Assistant General Manager Jarrod Brodsky. “We liked his improvement defensively throughout the season. He had a solid Alberta Cup showing and plays a good simple and effective defensive style of game.

10th Round – 215th Overall – Wyatt Monear – G – Wasilla, Alaska

The Saskatoon Blades twelfth selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft was goaltender Wyatt Monear of Alaska. Monear is listed at 5’11 and 160 lbs. He played midget-AAA for the Matsu Eagles this season.

“Our BC scout Al Cyr really likes this kid,” said Blades Assistant General Manager Jarrod Brodsky. “Al had some chances to see Wyatt play this season and we think he has some real potential.”

11th Round – 228th Overall – Ryan Pouliot – RD – Horseshoe Bay, BC

The Saskatoon Blades thirteenth selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft was defenceman Ryan Pouliot of Horseshoe Bay, BC. Pouliot appeared in 64 games for the North Shore Winter Club this year and stands 5’10 and weighs 145 lbs. He put up 34 points and 46 PIMs this season.

“Ryan was a key member of the North Shore Winter Club this year,” said Blades Assistant General Manager Jarrod Brodsky. “He played an important role on their blueline and plays a nice defensive game.”

11th Round – 237th Overall – Brett Evans – G – Grandview, Manitoba

The Saskatoon Blades fourteenth selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft was goaltender Brett Evans of Grandview, Manitoba. Evans is listed at 5’11.5″ and 177lbs. He played his hockey this season with the Notre Dame Hounds.

“We like Brett’s game a lot,” said Blades Assistant General Manager Jarrod Brodsky. “We saw him improve from start to finish this season and we like the potential in his game.”

11th Round – 250th Overall – Marcus Mitchell – RW – Kelowna, BC

The Saskatoon Blades fifteenth selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft was right winger Marcus Mitchell of Kelowna, BC. He’s listed at 5’10 and 145 lbs. He scored 12 goals and had 17 assists for 29 points in 30 games this season for the Program Of Excellence.

“Marcus showed very solid growth throughout this season,” said Blades Assistant General Manager Jarrod Brodsky. “He had a good BC Cup, works hard and loves to take the body out on the ice.”

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