Cougars Select Phoenix Cahill and Broden Scissors in 2023 US Priority Draft

May 11, 2023 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Prince George Cougars News Release

The Prince George Cougars made two selections in the 2023 WHL US Priority Draft on Wednesday, drafting defenceman Phoenix Cahill (15th Overall) and forward Broden Scissors (37th Overall).

Cahill, 14, split the 2022-23 season with the MN South Dakota 15u club and the Sioux Falls Power 14u AAA team. With MN South Dakota, Cahill owned 7 assists in 10 games played. Cahill then played 14 games with Sioux Falls Power 14u and collected 6 points (3G-3A). The 6'1, 180 pound right shot defenceman hails from Cottage Grove, Minnesota.

Scissors, 15, spent the 2022-23 campaign with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings and collected 26 points (16G-10A) in 52 games played. The 5'11 and 160 pound is a Californian product.

The order of selection was determined on March 29, 2023 through the 2023 WHL U.S. Priority Draft Lottery. All six WHL Clubs that did not qualify for the 2023 WHL Playoffs participated in the lottery. The lottery proceedings determined the order of selection for the first six picks in the first round of the 2023 WHL U.S. Priority Draft, with inverse order of standing from the 2022-23 WHL Regular Season determining the order of selection for the second round.

Players eligible for the 2023 WHL U.S. Priority Draft are 2008-born players who reside in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Players not selected in the WHL U.S. Priority Draft will remain eligible to be selected in the WHL Prospects Draft on Thursday, May 10, or listed by a WHL Club at any time thereafter.

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