WHL Completes First Round of 2017 WHL Bantam Draft

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Defenceman Kaiden Guhle selected first overall by Prince Albert Raiders
Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League completed the first round of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft this morning at the Deerfoot Inn in Calgary.

After winning the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft Lottery, the Prince Albert Raiders used the first-overall pick to select defenceman Kaiden Guhle (Sherwood Park, Alta./OHA Edmonton).

Alberta led all provinces with 11 players selected in the first round, followed by B.C. with six players, Saskatchewan with three players and Manitoba with two players.

By position, 15 forwards, six defenceman and one goaltender were selected in the first round.

A record 13 players were selected from Canadian Sports School Hockey League teams in the first round.

Players eligible for the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft are 2002-born players residing 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.

Click HERE for a complete list of all players selected, including vitals.

2017 WHL Bantam Draft Results – First Round

#1 – Prince Albert Raiders
Name: Kaiden Guhle       Position: Defence             Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alta.
Previous Team: OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep
Stats: 30 GP – 17G – 23A – 40 PTS – 42 PIM

#2 – Kootenay ICE
Name: Connor McClennon           Position: Forward             Hometown: Wainwright, Alta.
Previous Team: Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Prep
Stats: 30 GP – 45G – 54A – 99PTS – 36 PIM

#3 – Vancouver Giants
Name: Justin Sourdif       Position: Forward             Hometown: Surrey, B.C.
Previous Team: Delta Hockey Academy Bantam Prep
Stats: 29 GP – 32G – 34A – 66PTS – 45 PIM

#4 – Edmonton Oil Kings
Name: Jake Neighbours                 Position: Forward             Hometown: Airdrie, Alta.
Previous Team: Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Prep
Stats: 30 GP – 27G – 41A – 68PTS – 16 PIM

#5 – Saskatoon Blades
Name: Aidan De La Gorgendiere                Position: Defence             Hometown: Langley, B.C.
Previous Team: Yale Hockey Academy Bantam Prep
Stats: 30 GP – 5G – 21A – 26PTS – 50PIM

#6 – Spokane Chiefs
Name: Jack Finley             Position: Forward             Hometown: Kelowna, B.C.
Previous Team: Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Prep
Stats: 27 GP – 23G – 25A – 48PTS – 16 PIM

#7 – Calgary Hitmen
Name: Luke Prokop         Position: Defence             Hometown: Edmonton, Alta.
Previous Team: Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Prep
Stats: 30 GP – 4G – 37A – 41PTS – 8 PIM

#8 – Brandon Wheat Kings
Name: Ridly Greig            Position: Forward             Hometown: Lethbridge, Alta.
Previous Team: Lethbridge Golden Hawks Bantam AAA
Stats: 35 GP – 22 G – 49A – 71PTS – 38 PIM

#9 – Swift Current Broncos
Name: Joel Sexsmith       Position: Defence             Hometown: Edmonton, Alta.
Previous Team: Rink Hockey Academy Bantam Prep
Stats: 30 GP – 4G – 12A – 16PTS – 20 PIM

#10 – Saskatoon Blades
Name: Kyle Crnkovic       Position: Forward             Hometown: Chestermere, Alta.
Previous Team: Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Prep
Stats: 30 GP – 40G – 39A – 79PTS – 26 PIM

#11 – Portland Winterhawks
Name: Seth Jarvis            Position: Forward             Hometown: Winnipeg, Man.
Previous Team: Rink Hockey Academy Bantam Prep
Stats: 30 GP – 42 G – 24A – 66PTS – 20 PIM

#12 – Tri-City Americans
Name: Kaden Kohle         Position: Forward             Hometown: Humboldt, Sask.
Previous Team: Humboldt Broncos Bantam AA
Stats: 29 GP – 38G – 28A – 66PTS – 106 PIM

#13 – Swift Current Broncos
Name: Ben King                Position: Forward             Hometown: Vernon, B.C.
Previous Team: Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Prep
Stats: 22 GP – 16G – 30A – 46PTS – 24 PIM

#14 – Kamloops Blazers
Name: Josh Pillar              Position: Forward             Hometown: Allan, Sask.
Previous Team: Sask Valley Vipers Bantam AA
Stats: 25 GP – 18G – 36A – 54PTS – 48PIM

#15 – Moose Jaw Warriors
Name: Daemon Hunt      Position: Defence             Hometown: Brandon, Man.
Previous Team: Brandon Wheat Kings Bantam AA
Stats: 36 GP – 22G – 38A – 60PTS – 38 PIM

#16 – Lethbridge Hurricanes
Name: Noah Boyko         Position: Forward             Hometown: St. Albert, Alta.
Previous Team: Fort Saskatchewan Rangers Bantam AAA
Stats: 33 GP – 25G – 27A – 52PTS – 14 PIM

#17 – Prince Albert Raiders
Name: Cohner Saleski     Position: Forward             Hometown: Saskatoon, Sask.
Previous Team: Saskatoon Stallions Bantam AA
Stats: 30 GP – 43G – 42A – 85PTS – 38 PIM

#18 – Prince George Cougars
Name: Tyson Phare         Position: Forward             Hometown: Maple Ridge, B.C.
Previous Team: Yale Hockey Academy Bantam Prep
Stats: 28 GP – 18G – 22A – 40PTS – 56 PIM

#19 – Seattle Thunderbirds
Name: Payton Mount     Position: Forward             Hometown: Victoria, B.C.
Previous Team: Delta Hockey Academy Bantam Prep
Stats: 30 GP – 30G – 37A – 67PTS – 20 PIM

#20 – Everett Silvertips
Name: Ronan Seeley       Position: Defence             Hometown: Old, Alta.
Previous Team: Red Deer Rebels Bantam AAA
Stats: 35 GP – 8G – 30A – 38PTS – 10 PIM

#21 – Medicine Hat Tigers
Name: Garin Bjorklund   Position: Goal    Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alta.
Previous Team: Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA
Stats: 1.97 GAA – .918 SV% – 3 SO

#22 – Red Deer Rebels
Name: Ethan Rowland    Position: Forward             Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
Previous Team: Calgary Northstar Sabres Bantam AAA
Stats: 34 GP – 14G – 25A – 39PTS – 52 PIM

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