Hitmen Own Two of the Top 13 Picks in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft
Calgary, AB - For the first time in franchise history, the Calgary Hitmen hold a pair of first-round picks heading into the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
The draft will be held on Thursday, May 2 in Red Deer, AB with the Hitmen owning both the 11th and 13th overall selections.
Last month, the WHL held its draft lottery for the six non-playoff teams with the remaining draft spots based on the inverse order of the final 2018-19 WHL Regular Season standings
"Having two of the top 13 picks and five selections through the first four rounds sets us up really well in this draft," said Hitmen Director of Player Personnel Dallas Thompson. "We are trying to build more depth on our 50 player protected list and feel the upside of the 2019 draft combined with our 2018 picks has the potential to accomplish this."
2019 CALGARY HITMEN DRAFT BOARD
RD PICK BELONGS TO TRADE NOTES
1 11 CGY from TC Pick acquired in the Jake Bean trade
1 13 CGY
2 35 CGY
4 77 CGY from TC Pick acquired in the Dom Schmiemann trade
4 79 CGY
5 101 CGY
6 113 CGY from REG Pick acquired in the Justyn Gurney trade
7 145 CGY
9 167 CGY
10 189 CGY
More than 100 Hitmen bantam picks have gone on to play for the franchise including: Sean Tschigerl (2018), Luke Prokop (2017), Jackson van de Leest (2016), Layne Toder (2015), Mark Kastelic (2014), Beck Malenstyn (2013), Jake Virtanen (2011), Colby Harmsworth (2010), Kenton Helgesen (2009), Cody Sylvester (2007), Matt Mackenzie (2006), Martin Jones (2005), Brett Sonne (2004), Karl Alzner (2003), Ryan Getzlaf (2000) and Johnny Boychuk (1999).
The 2019 WHL Bantam Draft will take place at the Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre.
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