EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), five-time U.S. Division champions of the Western Hockey League, concluded the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft with Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson, director of player personnel Bil La Forge, and staff making a total of 11 selections of players born in 2003.
In total, the Silvertips selected seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender.
“The way we draft hasn’t changed with our approach over the last several seasons,” said La Forge. “We’re looking for players who fit the Silvertips core values: effective offensive instincts, skating ability, and answering challenges with a great compete level. It’s been a part of our foundation with our success. Credit goes to our scouting staff for a fantastic job identifying those players we selected, who fit that mold. We’re very satisfied with the prospects we’ve had an opportunity to select, and we look forward to seeing them in August at the start of training camp, where they can see the benefits of our program, up close and personal.”
With their first selection in the draft coming in the second round (42nd overall), the Silvertips selected defenseman Olen Zellweger of OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep (CSSBHL). The Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta native led the program for scoring among defensemen with 32 points (10g-22a) in 30 games, while adding five points (3g-2a) in five postseason games. He carried eight multi point games through the regular season from the blueline.
Zellweger skated in the Alberta Cup (Team Edmonton Blue) and earned a goal and an assist in five games.
2018 EVERETT SILVERTIPS DRAFT BOARD
ROUND OVR PLAYER POS NOTES
2 42 Olen Zellweger D Led OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep d-men: 32 points (10g-22a), 30 games
3 64 Ty Gibson D Led Pacific Coast Hockey Academy (CSSBHL) D: 24 points, 30 games
4 86 Carter Halamandaris F Led Winnipeg Monarchs, T-9 in WBAAA: 59 points in 30 games
7 140 Davis Fry F Led Regina Monarchs, 2nd in SBAAHL: 76 points in 31 games
7 145 Sloan Stanick F 2nd, Yellowhead Chiefs and T-9 in WBAAA: 59 points in 36 games
7 152 Nate Goodbrandson F 2nd, Winnipeg Hawks and WBAAA: 77 points in 34 games
8 174 Holden Cardinal F 2nd, Delta Hockey Academy (Btm Prep Green): 33 points in 30 games (1st, 17 goals)
9 196 Connor McGrath F Led Humboldt Broncos (SBAAHL): 53 points and 22 goals in 31 games
11 240 Brent Johnson D Led Dallas Stars (T1EBHL) D-men: 11 points in 12 games
12 262 Braden Holt G Victory Honda Bantam Major AAA (T1EBHL): 3.30 GAA in 6 games
13 284 Ean Somoza F 5th, Los Angeles Jr. Kings (T1EBHL): 49 points in 52 games (3rd, 27 goals)
Complete Silvertips draft history is available at www.everettsilvertips.com/bantam.
ROGERS 2018 WHL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: TIPS VS. SWIFT CURRENT
Now just four wins away from reaching the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup, the Silvertips will take to the ice in Game One of the 2018 Rogers WHL Championship Series Friday, May 4 (6:00 p.m. PT) in Swift Current, Sask. against the Swift Current Broncos. The series will come to downtown Everett starting on Tuesday, May 8 for Game 3 at Angel of the Winds Arena, starting at 7:05 p.m.
All Rogers WHL Championship Series tickets are on sale now at www.everettsilvertips.com/playoffs, by phone at (425) 252-5100 and online at www.everettsilvertips.com. All games will be carried live, locally on radio at Fox Sports 1380, 95.3 FM, the Silvertips mobile app and streamed on WHL Live.
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