Wheat Kings Select Quinn Mantie with 13th Overall Pick in 2020 Bantam Draft
Brandon, MB - With the 13th overall pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft on Wednesday, the Brandon Wheat Kings selected Quinn Mantei from Weyburn, Saskatchewan.
The 5'10, 155 lbs left shot defenceman spent the 2019-2020 season with his hometown Weyburn Red Wings Bantam AA, scoring 22 goals and 30 assists with 37 penalty minutes in 37 games.
Wheat Kings Assistant General Manager, Doug Gasper, likes what he sees from Mantei and thinks his well-rounded game will be valuable to the organization.
"A good defenceman, a mobile defenceman, an excellent hockey IQ and skill set and a guy who is going to go play with the Moose Jaw Warriors U18 AAA program, a very good program where players develop and we expect good things out of him".
Mantei skated with the Warriors for seven games this season in the SMHL.
"His sense, his skating ability, he's a complete package. I'm really excited to see where he is by Christmas time with even half of a year of U18 AAA under his belt, he'll really take off".
Mantei looks forward to the next step in his hockey career and playing close to home.
"I'm obviously super excited for myself and my family. Brandon is fairly close and I've heard nothing but great things about the club and the entire organization."
When asked what he thinks he can bring to the Wheat Kings, Mantei echoes many of the same sentiments Gasper sees in the 14 year old's game.
"I guess you could say that I'm an offensive defenceman. Like to quarterback the power play. I would say that two of my biggest strengths would be my hockey IQ and my skating. Think I'm a pretty strong skater who likes to move the puck."
"I definitely need to get stronger, bigger, faster. Like all players I can always improve at both ends of the rink. The WHL will certainly be a challenge but I'm excited and I believe that I'm ready to take that next step."
2nd Round, 35th overall -Trae Johnson, Martensville, Saskatchewan
Since the WHL Bantam Draft was introduced in 1990, the Wheat Kings have chosen 36 players in the opening round. In the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft, Brandon traded seven selections and the rights to Sean Comrie and finished the day with three first round selections: Nate Danielson, Tyson Zimmer and Rylan Roersma.
• Discuss this story on the Western Hockey League message board...
Western Hockey League Stories from April 22, 2020
- Western Hockey League Completes 2020 WHL Bantam Draft - Saskatoon Blades
- 2020 WHL Bantam Draft Recap - Prince George Cougars
- Rebels Select Dynamic Centre Kalan Lind Sixth Overall, Add Local Talent - Red Deer Rebels
- Rockets Make 11 Picks in 2020 WHL Bantam Draft - Kelowna Rockets
- Blades Make 11 Selections in 2020 WHL Bantam Entry Draft - Saskatoon Blades
- 2020 WHL Bantam Draft Recap - Winnipeg Ice
- Western Hockey League Completes 2020 WHL Bantam Draft - WHL
- Royals Select Eight Players at 2020 WHL Bantam Draft - Victoria Royals
- Oil Kings Select Eleven Players in 2020 WHL Bantam Draft - Edmonton Oil Kings
- T-Birds Make 13 Selections in 2020 Bantam Draft - Seattle Thunderbirds
- Vancouver Giants 2020 WHL Bantam Draft Recap - Vancouver Giants
- Raiders Pick Nine Players in 2020 WHL Bantam Draft - Prince Albert Raiders
- Tigers Select 12 Players in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft - Medicine Hat Tigers
- Broncos Add 11 Prospects During 2020 Bantam Draft - Swift Current Broncos
- Weinstein Headlines Chiefs' Class - Spokane Chiefs
- Warriors Select 9 Players in 2020 WHL Bantam Draft - Moose Jaw Warriors
- Hurricanes Select Ten in 2020 WHL Bantam Draft - Lethbridge Hurricanes
- Pats Make Nine Selections in 2020 WHL Bantam Draft - Regina Pats
- Hitmen Make 10 Picks in 2020 WHL Bantam Draft - Calgary Hitmen
- Tigers Select Reid Andresen 11th Overall - Medicine Hat Tigers
- Broncos Acquire Carter Halamandaris from Everett - Swift Current Broncos
- Vancouver Giants 2020 WHL Bantam Draft: Rounds 2 and 3 - Vancouver Giants
- Pats Acquire Philadelphia Flyers Prospect Goaltender Roddy Ross from Seattle - Regina Pats
- Wheat Kings Select Quinn Mantie with 13th Overall Pick in 2020 Bantam Draft - Brandon Wheat Kings
- Oil Kings Select Dawson Seitz in First Round of 2020 WHL Bantam Draft - Edmonton Oil Kings
- WHL Completes First Round of 2020 WHL Bantam Draft - WHL
- Brayden Yager Selected 3rd Overall - Moose Jaw Warriors
- Hitmen Select Oliver Tulk 12th Overall in 2020 WHL Bantam Draft - Calgary Hitmen
- Royals Select Austin Zemlak Ninth Overall at 2020 WHL Bantam Draft - Victoria Royals
- Rebels Take Lind 6th Overall in WHL Bantam Draft - Red Deer Rebels
- Giants Select D-Man Mazden Leslie 10th Overall in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft - Vancouver Giants
- On this Day: April 22, 2014 - Portland Winterhawks
- Chiefs Acquire Defenseman Braydon Clark from Prince Albert - Spokane Chiefs
- Raiders Trade Clark to Spokane - Prince Albert Raiders
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Brandon Wheat Kings Stories
- Iorio, Chiasson, Busygin Included on NHL Central Scouting 'Players to Watch' List for January
- Wheat Kings Sign Defenceman Zach Turner to WHL Standard Player Agreement
- Wheat Kings Sign Defenceman Owen Harris to a WHL Standard Player Agreement
- Wheat Kings Alumni at NHL Training Camps Pt. 2
- Wheat Kings Alumni at NHL Training Camps Pt. 1