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ICE Set for 2021 WHL Drafts

December 7, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Winnipeg Ice News Release


As the Winnipeg ICE prepare for their final two games of a current seven game homestand tomorrow (Wednesday) and Saturday versus the Edmonton Oil Kings, all 22 WHL teams are set to add to their future with a pair of WHL Drafts.

The WHL U.S. Priority Draft will take place tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 11:00 Central time followed by the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft Thursday morning, also starting at 11:00.

The ICE currently hold the third overall selection in the WHL U.S. Priority Draft, which will consist of two rounds and 44 selections, with each WHL Club eligible to make two draft choices.

2021 WHL U.S. Priority Draft - Order of Selection

1) Seattle Thunderbirds

2) Lethbridge Hurricanes

3) Winnipeg ICE

4) Prince George Cougars

5) Saskatoon Blades

6) Swift Current Broncos

7) Tri-City Americans

8) Red Deer Rebels

9) Victoria Royals

10) Kamloops Blazers

11) Portland Winterhawks

12) Regina Pats

13) Brandon Wheat Kings

14) Everett Silvertips

15) Kelowna Rockets

16) Spokane Chiefs

17) Edmonton Oil Kings

18) Vancouver Giants

19) Calgary Hitmen

20) Medicine Hat Tigers

21) Prince Albert Raiders

22) Moose Jaw Warriors

The order of selection was determined on June 3, 2021 through the 2021 WHL U.S. Priority Draft Lottery.

Players eligible for the 2021 WHL U.S. Priority Draft are 2006-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 2021 WHL U.S. Priority Draft will remain eligible to be selected in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft on Thursday, December 9, or listed by a WHL Club at any time thereafter.

Thursday morning, the ICE currently hold the 18th overall selection for the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft. The Spokane Chiefs are set to select first-overall, as determined by the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft Lottery on June 2, 2021.

Recent Winnipeg ICE first round picks in the WHL Prospects Draft include Zach Benson (2020 - 14th overall), Matthew Savoie (2019 - 1st overall), Conor Geekie (2019 - 2nd overall), Carson Lambos (2019 - 2nd overall), Connor McClennon (2017 - 2nd overall) and Peyton Krebs (2016 - 1st overall).

The first round of the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft, including a 30-minute pre-show, will be livestreamed FREE via WHL Live on CHL TV. All that is required is to register and login using a free account with CHL TV, no subscription necessary. The 2021 WHL Prospects Draft Pre-Show begins with co-hosts Chris Wahl and Taylor Rocca.

WATCH LIVE - Pre-Show at 10:30 a.m. CT / WHL Prospects Draft at 11 a.m. CT

2021 WHL Prospects Draft - First Round Order of Selection

1) Spokane Chiefs

2) Tri-City Americans

3) Brandon Wheat Kings (from Victoria)

4) Brandon Wheat Kings (from Moose Jaw)

5) Red Deer Rebels

6) Swift Current Broncos

7) Swift Current Broncos (from Portland)

8) Medicine Hat Tigers

9) Seattle Thunderbirds

10) Lethbridge Hurricanes (from Regina)

11) Vancouver Giants

12) Calgary Hitmen

13) Prince Albert Raiders (from Edmonton via Kelowna)

14) Prince Albert Raiders

15) Prince George Cougars

16) Moose Jaw Warriors (from Victoria via Saskatoon)

17) Lethbridge Hurricanes

18) Winnipeg ICE

19) Edmonton Oil Kings

20) Everett Silvertips

21) Kamloops Blazers

22) Brandon Wheat Kings

Winnipeg also has picks in the fourth round (85th overall), sixth round (115th, 116th, 117th, 129th), eighth round (156th, 165th, 173rd) and ninth round (189th, 195th).

The order of selection for the second round and all other rounds will be the inverse order of final 2020-21 WHL Regular Season standings. The complete order of selection for the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft can be found at WHL.ca/draft.

Players eligible for the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft are 2006-born players who reside in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, 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 2021 WHL Prospects Draft will remain eligible to be listed by WHL Clubs at any time thereafter.


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