With the seventh overall pick in the inaugural WHL U.S. Prospects Draft, the Vancouver Giants are pleased to select 2005-born defenceman Philippe Blais-Savoie (San Jose, CA).
Blais-Savoie, a left-handed shot, checks in at 5’10” and 150 pounds. He played for the San Jose Jr. Sharks 14U team in 2019-20 and scored 11 goals along with 11 assists for 22 points in 29 games. Nine of his 11 goals were scored five-on-five. He added 32 penalty minutes. The previous season he notched 19 goals and 22 assists for 41 points in 44 games with the San Jose Jr. Sharks 13U team.
Giants GM Barclay Parneta says, “Philippe Blais-Savoie is an offensive-minded defenceman that plays like a fourth forward. He can make plays happen off the rush.”
With their second pick (38th overall) in the 2020 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft, the Vancouver Giants are proud to select 2005-born forward Duncan Shin (Chandler, AZ).
Shin, a left-handed shot, is 5’10” and 155 pounds. In 2019-20 he played with the Shattucks-St. Mary’s Sabres 14U team and potted 25 goals along with 40 assists for 65 points in 58 games while adding 18 penalty minutes. In 2018-19 he managed 34 goals and 40 assists for 74 points in 57 games with the LA Jr. Kings 13U program.
Giants Scouting Director Daryl Anning says, “Duncan Shin has elite talent. His hockey IQ is exceptional. He’s a skilled player that plays a strong 200-foot game. He doesn’t back down from physicality and has put up some excellent numbers over the past few seasons.”