EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), five-time U.S. Division champions of the Western Hockey League, concluded the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft with Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson, director of player personnel Bil La Forge, and staff making a total of 13 selections of players born in 2002.
In total, the Silvertips selected eight forwards, four defensemen, and one goaltender spanning 12 rounds. The Silvertips had six selections in the first five rounds.
SILVERTIPS GM GARRY DAVIDSON:
“Sticking to our process, we came away from the draft extremely fulfilled with the players we targeted and excited for their development potential,” said Davidson. “Ronan Seeley was a defenseman who meets all of our criteria, we ranked extremely high on our list, and were tremendously excited to choose when our first round selection came around. In total with eight forwards, four defensemen and one goaltender, we’re thrilled with all of our positional situations. I’m very pleased with the effort of Bil La Forge and our scouting staff. They deserve high marks for a great job again.”
With their first round pick at 20th overall, the Silvertips selected defenseman Ronan Seeley, a 2002-born blueliner who was fourth in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League, led the Red Deer Rebels (Bantam AAA) defensemen and was third overall in club scoring with 38 points in 35 games, earning the club’s Most Outstanding Defenseman honors.
His 30 assists were third on the program and he put up six points in five postseason games with Red Deer, who went 21-9-6 and finished second in the Ram South division.
2017 EVERETT SILVERTIPS DRAFT BOARD
ROUND OVR PLAYER POS NOTES
1 20 Seeley, Ronan LD 1st Red Deer D-men and 4th, AMBHL: 38 points in 35 games
2 44 Berezowski, Jackson RW 1st, SBAAHL: 87 points in 30 games
3 49 Hinds, Nathanael C 9th, WBAAA and 1st, Winnipeg: 55 points in 32 games
4 75 Anderson, Dylan RD 12 points in 20 games: Yale Hockey Academy
4 86 Lyda, Blake G 9th, AMBHL goalies: .917 save percentage (Edmonton CAC BAA)
5 108 Morrison, Brayden C 2nd, Calgary (AMBHL): 34 pts in 36 gms / 1st, playoffs: 10 pts in 5 gms
7 152 Morgan, Ryley F 3rd, St. Albert (AMBHL): 63 points in 35 games
8 174 Brownell, Caleb LD 19 points in 28 games, 10 power play points
9 196 Ukrainetz, Kalen LW 2nd, Humboldt (SBAAHL): 50 points in 30 games
10 208 Johnson, Kent F Split between NSWC Winterhawks, Van NW Giants (4 gms, 2 pts)
10 218 Porchetta, Nick C T-8, Delta Hockey Academy Wild (CSSHL): 17 points in 30 games
11 240 Goldade, Maxwell LD 2nd, CNHA Kings (HCBAA): 15 points in 30 games
12 262 Spiridakis, Austin F 5th, St. Albert (AMBHL): 58 points in 35 games
SILVERTIPS DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONNEL BIL LA FORGE:
“The feeling from today is pretty ecstatic,” said La Forge. “It was a great day for our organization and the hard work all year long from our scouts, Garry, and Zoran Rajcic. We continue to aim for development of players who can contribute with offensive instincts, skating ability, and answer challenges with a great compete level. We added a remarkable goaltender who can significantly strengthen our depth in that area. Overall, we’re very satisfied with the selections from today and look forward to seeing our prospects in August, when they can first experience the quality of our program and community in training camp.”
Complete Silvertips draft history is available at www.everettsilvertips.com/bantam.
FROM THE TIPS:
— Mitch Love (@mlovehockey) May 4, 2017
— Brayden Low (@braydenlow) May 5, 2017
— Shaun Heshka (@sheshka26) May 4, 2017
Congratulations to all the guys selected by the @WHLsilvertips Looking forward meeting you all!!!
— Ethan Browne (@ethanbrowne01) May 5, 2017
THE DRAFTEES, FAMILY, FRIENDS:
Ronan Seeley goes to Everett. Very talented puck moving talent, solid all around defender. Best defender I've seen this season by far.
— CP (@DraftGeekCP) May 4, 2017
— Jackson Berezowski (@jacksonbere7) May 4, 2017
— Chief204 (@HindsNoah9) May 4, 2017
— Dylan Anderson (@Dylan09Anderson) May 4, 2017
Congratulations to Edmonton Yellow G Blake Lyda joining @WHLsilvertips ! Calm,Cool and Collected… big game performer!
— Tyrel Spitzer (@Sp1tzer) May 4, 2017
Honoured to be selected by a great organization @WHLsilvertips thankful for everyone who's helped me reach this point.
— Brayden Morrison (@MoBrayden) May 4, 2017
Very exited to be selected by such a great organization such as the @WHLsilvertips thanks to everyone who has helped me get to this point !
— Ryley Morgan (@RyleyMorgan1) May 4, 2017
Straight from Colorado: here comes D Caleb Brownell.
— Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips) May 4, 2017
Very excited and honoured to be drafted to the @WHLsilvertips thanks for this great opportunity.
— Kalenukrainetz (@ukrainetz10) May 5, 2017
— Kent Johnson (@19kjohnson) May 4, 2017
— Nic Porchetta (@nic_porchetta11) May 4, 2017
Congratulations to Max Goldade of the Bantam AA Kings, drafted to the Everett Silvertips !!! #WHLBantamDraft
— Calgary Northstars (@CNHA_Assoc) May 4, 2017
— Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips) May 4, 2017
SILVERTIPS “SELECT-A-SEAT” – SATURDAY, MAY 6
Silvertips Season Tickets are on sale now and can be reserved by placing a deposit for $50 through everettsilvertips.com/selectaseat, or call 425-252-5100. “Select-A-Seat” is this Saturday from 10:00am-4:30pm at XFINITY Arena, offering new and current (seat changing) season ticket members a first glance at their seats. Autographs, behind-the-scenes dressing room tours, food, and beverages will be provided.