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WHL to Host 2022 U.S. Priority and Prospect Drafts this Week

May 17, 2022 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Tri-City Americans News Release


KENNEWICK, WASH. - The Western Hockey League will conduct the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft and 2022 WHL Prospects Draft online this Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Real-time results will be available at WHL.ca/draft.

Follow the Americans on Twitter for detailed updates and content during the drafts.

2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft - Wednesday, May 18

WHL U.S. Priority Draft at 10 a.m. MT

The 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft will consist of two rounds and 44 selections, with each WHL Club

presented with the opportunity to make two draft choices.

Tri-City holds the ninth and 36th overall selections. The order of selection was determined on April 21, 2022 through the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft Lottery.

In the 2021 WHL U.S. Priority Draft, the Americans selected Camerin Cardona from Anaheim, Calif., who has since signed with the team, and Connor Ellingsen from Pasco, Wash.

Camerin Cardona Signs with Tri-City

Americans Select Cardona, Ellingsen in 2021 WHL U.S. Priority Draft

Players eligible for the 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft are 2007-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 2022 WHL U.S. Priority Draft will remain eligible to be selected in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft on Thursday, May 19, or listed by a WHL Club at any time thereafter.

The first WHL U.S. Priority Draft was held in 2020.

2022 WHL Prospects Draft - Thursday, May 19

WATCH LIVE - Pre-Show at 9:30 a.m. MT / WHL Prospects Draft at 10 a.m. MT

The first round of the 2022 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 or purchase necessary. The 2022 WHL Prospects Draft Pre-Show begins with co-hosts Chris Wahl and Taylor Rocca at 9:30 a.m. MT, with live draft coverage beginning at 10 a.m. MT.

The Tri-City Americans hold the second-overall selection in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft, as determined by the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft Lottery on April 21, 2022.

Tri-City also held the second-overall pick last year when they selected forward Jordan Gavin from Delta Hockey Academy. Gavin played nine gamed with the Americans this season, recording one goal and one assist. He is the youngest player to ever score a goal for Tri-City.

Including Gavin, three of Tri-City's selections from the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft have already signed with the team. Goaltender Eric Kahl and defenseman Merrek Arpin are also signed.

Americans Select Gavin Second Overall, Add Eight Prospects in 2021 WHL Prospects Draft

Jordan Gavin Signs with Tri-City

Merrek Arpin Signs with Tri-City

Eric Kahl Signs with Tri-City

TRI-CITY 2022 WHL PROSPECTS DRAFT PICKS

ROUND PICK TRADED

1 2

2 24

3 46

4 68

4 73 Calgary. Part of 2019 Kyle Olson trade.

4 87 Edmonton. Part of 2020 Beck Warm trade.

5 90

6 112

6 122 Brandon. Part of 2021 Landon Roberts trade.

8 156

10 200

11 222

12 244

13 266

14 288

15 310

The order of selection for the second round and all other rounds will be the inverse order of final 2021-22 WHL Regular Season standings. The complete order of selection for the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft can be found at WHL.ca/draft.

Players eligible for the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft are 2007-born players who reside in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, 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 2022 WHL Prospects Draft will remain eligible to be listed by WHL Clubs at any time thereafter.

Season Tickets for the 2022-23 season are now available. Contact a ticket representative at info@amshockey.com or learn more about season ticket benefits.


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