Raiders Make Selections at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft

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Evan Poitras

May 2, 2013, Prince Albert SK (ISN) – The Prince Albert Raiders selected forward Jake Kryski of the Burnaby Winter Club 13th overall at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft this morning.

Kryski tied for the scoring lead at the British Columbia bantam provincial tournament with 23 points and led all players with 11 goals.

“He is a skilled centreman and a great skater,” said Raiders Director of Player Personnel Dale Derkatch. “His best attributes are his hockey sense and skill mixed with his great work ethic”

The Raiders will next pick in the 3rd round at the 46th overall position.

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The Prince Albert Raiders selected defenceman Cody Paivarinta of Abbotsford in the 3rd round, 46th overall earlier this morning at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

The 6’5″, 185-pound defenceman played this season with Abbotsford Hawks of the Pacific Coast Bantam Hockey League.

“He’s a big defenseman and a good skater who moves the puck,” said Raiders Director of Player Personnel Dale Derkatch. “A player of that size at 14 has a lot of filling out to do and as he fills out we look for this guy to really blossom. We are very excited to have him.”

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The Prince Albert Raiders selected one player in each of the 4th, 5th and 6th rounds of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft today in Calgary.

With their 4th round, 88th overall, selection the Raiders chose left-winger Dylan Williamson of the Calgary Bisons. The 6′, 150-pound forward scored 23 goals and added 18 assists for 41 points in 30 games for the Bisons this season.

“Dylan is a big left winger and a very good skater with decent hands and can make plays,” said Raiders Director of Player Personnel Dale Derkatch. “We see him as a solid penalty kill type guy who can be a good role player, but also has the ability to play on the top-2 lines.”

In the 5th round, with the 104th overall, pick the team chose another left-winger in Luke Coleman of the Red Deer Bantam Rebels. The 6′, 193-pound forward played in 32 games this season, recording 17 goals, 24 assists and 41 points along with 75 penalty minutes.

“This player is a good skater, who plays a hardnosed game, finishes checks and competes. He is a big, stocky forward who could crack the top-6 in the future,” noted Derkatch.

The Raiders used their 6th round pick, 114th overall, to select forward Sean Montgomery of the Calgary Royals. The Calgary product, who stands at 5’8″ and 166-pounds, scored 29 times in 33 games this season for the Royals, and added 21 assists to hit the 50-point plateau.

“Sean is a right handed centre, who can skate, has good skills and sees the ice well,” Derkatch said. “He is a player a lot in the mold of Shane Danyluk. He was the captain of his team this year and a good leader with a great work ethic.”

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The Prince Albert Raiders finished off draft day by selecting 4 players in rounds 7 through 10 at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft in Calgary.

In the 7th round, the Raiders added their second defenceman of the draft with the 145th pick by selecting Brandon Griffiths of the Regina Monarchs. Appearing in 26 games for the Monarchs this year, the 5’11”, 203-pound rearguard netted 16 points and 77 penalty minutes.

Raiders Director of Player Personnel Dale Derkatch describes Griffiths as “a solid stay at home defenceman who is physical and tough to play against. He is really good in front of net and in the corners in his own zone.”

The Raiders chose the Medicine Hat native Michael Clarke, a 5’10”, 170-pound forward who scored 29 times and added 33 assists for 62 in 32 games with the Southeast Hockey Hounds, with their 167th overall pick.

“Michael is an all around player who put up great numbers this season and is very good defensively. He is reliable and can play in every situation,” said Derkatch.

With their 9th round selection, the Green and Gold chose forward Noah Turanski from the Pursuit of Excellence Bantam AAA program. The 6’3″, 200-pound Vernon, BC product recorded 4 goals and 17 assists for 21 points and 88 penalty minutes.

“Turanski is a big defenseman who has a lot of raw untapped talent,” said Derkatch. “He will need some skill development, but he works and competes very hard and can become a good shutdown type defender in this league.”

With the first pick in the 10th round, Prince Albert selected 5’9″, 160-pound Jaden Anderson from Aurora, Colorado, playing this season with the Colorado Thunderbirds Bantam AAA.

Derkatch sees Anderson as a “skilled forward who can do a bit of everything. He has a good shot, is very quick and can distribute the puck well.”

 

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