Kamloops Blazers Select Nine Players in 2019 WHL Bantam Draft
Red Deer, AB - The Kamloops Blazers selected nine players in the 2019 WHL Bantam held in Red Deer, AB on May 2, 2019.
For the first time in franchise history, the Blazers selected two players in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft. The Blazers chose defenseman Mats Lindgren with the 7th overall pick and forward Connor Levis with the 20th overall pick.
The Blazers selected goaltender Dylan Ernst in the second round, 28th overall. Ernst was the first goaltender to be chosen in the WHL Bantam Draft.
The hockey club went with forwards with their next three picks. Tye Spencer from Saskatoon was selected in the third round and Fraser Mitten along with Cameron Johnson were chosen in the fourth round.
In the fifth round, the Blazers selected defenseman Jamie Weller from Calgary.
With the Blazers final two picks, they selected Vaughn Watterodt in the sixth round and Noah Bamford in the seventh round.
In total, the Blazers selected six forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender. By region, the hockey club chose five players from B.C., two from Alberta and two from Saskatchewan.
Player Stats - GP G A PTS PIM
1st round, 7th overall
Defenseman - Mats Lindgren
DOB - August 24, 2004
Hometown - North Vancouver, BC
Team - Burnaby Winter Club Bantam Prep 27 - 4 - 22 - 6 - 20
"A great kid from a great family. We are thrilled to get him. He's an elite skater, has elite hockey sense and is a dynamic player that drives offence and makes plays all over the ice."
1st round, 20th overall
Center - Connor Levis
DOB - October 5, 2004
Hometown - Vancouver, BC
Team - St. George's Bantam Prep 26 - 24 - 38 - 62 - 22
"Connor is a great kid and a cerebral player with a great skill set. He makes players around him better. He has big upside and we are excited to draft him."
2nd round, 28th overall
Goaltender - Dylan Ernst
DOB - February 6, 2004
Hometown - Weyburn, SK
Team - Weyburn Bantam AA 22 Games - 2.99 GAA - .918 SV%
"A good sized goaltender that is very athletic and calm in the net. He has good feet and good hands with poise in goal."
3rd round, 50th overall
Forward - Tye Spencer
DOB - June 25, 2004
Hometown - Saskatoon, SK
Team - Saskatoon Maniacs Bantam AA 31 - 59 - 33 - 92 - 14
"An exciting player that has skill and speed. He is smart with the puck and has a terrific shot."
4th round, 72nd overall
Center - Fraser Minten
DOB - July 5, 2004
Hometown - Vancouver, BC
Team - West Vancouver Bantam Prep 29 - 15 - 50 - 65 - 28
"Fraser has elite hockey sense and great play making ability. He sees the ice well and makes players better around him."
4th round, 86th overall
Forward - Cameron Johnson
DOB - November 28, 2004
Hometown - Vancouver, BC
Team - St. George's Bantam Prep 30 - 24 - 31 - 55 - 18
"Cameron has great hockey sense and the ability to make plays under pressure. He has a good skill set and we are excited to get him."
5th round, 94th overall
Defenseman - Jamie Weller
DOB - January 21, 2004
Hometown - Calgary, AB
Team - Calgary Bisons 33 - 10 - 31 - 41 - 40
"Jamie has high hockey sense and poise with the puck. He is an excellent two-way defenseman and a great leader."
6th round, 116th overall
Forward - Vaughn Watterodt
DOB - February 13, 2004
Hometown - West Kelowna, BC
Team - OHA Bantam Prep 25 - 18 - 19 - 37 - 18
"Vaughn is a smart, competitive left shot forward. He has great instincts and puck skill while playing a well-rounded game. He sees the ice very well."
7th round, 138th overall
Forward - Nash Bamford
DOB - August 30, 2004
Hometown - Lacombe, AB
Team - Red Deer Bantam AAA 33 - 8 - 12 - 20 - 26
"Nash is a player that improved throughout the season. He plays a gritty game and has high character."
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