DRAFTED » Wyatte Wylie to the Philadelphia Flyers
EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), two-time Western Conference champions and six time U.S. Division champions of the Western Hockey League, announced today that defenseman and Everett native Wyatte Wylie has been selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the fifth round (127th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft.
Wylie is the first Everett born player in history to be selected in the NHL Draft with development experience in Everett Youth Hockey, the Jr. Silvertips program, and in the WHL as a Silvertip player. Before starting his WHL career, Wylie additionally suited up for one season in 2015-16 with the Dallas Stars U16 program.
“It’s a landmark day to congratulate Wyatte Wylie on being selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the fifth round of the NHL Draft,” said Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson. “Wyatte is a very coachable and dedicated hockey player who has continued to make strides as a defenseman who can make an impact. His background as a player born here, trained by Everett Youth Hockey, and developed in the WHL as a Silvertip is a great moment to further solidify Snohomish County as a proven grassroots region for our sport. We’re extremely proud of him and look forward this continued success.”
Wylie, 18, comes off career highs in points (31), goals (6), assists (25), and plus-minus (+12) while never missing a game all season, sharing the Silvertips Iron Man award and claiming the Silvertips Most Improved Player award for 2017-18. His eight points (2g-6a) in 22 playoff games were tied for 10th among WHL defenseman, while ranking among WHL defensemen in the postseason: fourth in shots (47), and tied for fourth in plus-minus (+12).
Wylie was one of three Silvertips listed in the final rankings by NHL Central Scouting prior to the draft, and joins teammates Connor Dewar (third round, Minnesota) and Riley Sutter (third round, Washington) as the most Silvertips taken in the NHL Draft since 2010.
The 1999-born defenseman (late birth year category) has 143 games of WHL experience, all with the Silvertips, collecting six goals and 35 assists and a +9 rating. He helped guide the Tips to their second Western Conference title and berth in the WHL Championship Series last season, and has eight points in 33 career postseason games.
What a day ! So excited and grateful to be a part of the @NHLFlyers excited for the work to start! Thanks to my family and teammates for all the support !
— WYATTE (@WyatteWylie86) June 23, 2018
"Hearing [Dewar and Sutter] called … it got me so excited."
— Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips) June 24, 2018
Wylie’s experience with the Jr. Silvertips (16U) program spanned three seasons across the midget and NAPHL (16U) levels, and he combined for 124 games and 77 points.
2018-19 SCHEDULE, TICKET INFORMATION
The Silvertips open the 2018-19 pre-season schedule with the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic in downtown Everett, starting Friday, Aug. 31 in a 7:00 p.m. game against the Tri-City Americans. Ticket packages and tickets for all nine games of the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic, starting each day with an 11:30am game, will be on sale soon. The regular season schedule for the 2018-19 season will be announced soon, offering full season tickets, 22-game, and 14-game plans for as little as $200 total per seat. Deposits for $50 will secure a seat for the 2018-19 season, available at www.everettsilvertips.com/season or by calling (425) 252-5100.