EVERETT – The Everett Silvertips added nine 1998-born prospects to their protected list during the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft today in Calgary, Alberta. The new draft class is headlined by forward Tyson Jost from Leduc, Alberta, who Everett selected with the seventh overall pick in the first round of their 11th bantam draft.
Jost, 15, led a group of five forwards selected by the Silvertips today, with the club picking up three defensemen and one goaltender as well. Everett drafted three players each from the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, while one was from Manitoba.
The other two were American-born prospects: second-round pick Patrick Khodorenko (Walnut Creek, California) was the first American player drafted this year at #26 overall and local product Connor Nobach (Stanwood, WA) became just the third Washington native drafted by the ‘Tips when he was taken in the fifth round.
“I think it went well for us today,” said Silvertips General Manager Garry Davidson. “Of course the proof will be in the pudding later on, but we worked hard to put our list together and our picks were solid. We came away with a couple of really outstanding players and a good mix of forwards, defensemen and one goaltender.”
“As we’ve talked about, we were looking for guys that could skate well, make plays with the puck, think the game and have a plenty of compete in them while doing those things. I think today we picked players that are certainly capable of showing some, if not all, of those attributes.”
2013 WHL Bantam Draft – Everett Silvertips Selections
Round 1, #7: Tyson Jost, RW, Leduc, AB (Kelowna P.O.E.)
Round 2, #26: Patrick Khodorenko, C, Walnut Creek, CA (Honeybaked Hockey Club)
Round 3, #51: Alex Astasiewicz, D, Salmon Arm, BC (Salmon Arm Silvertips Tier 2)
Round 4, #81: Kevin Jakisch, LW, Winnipeg, MB (Winnipeg Monarchs Bantam AAA)
Round 5, #92: Connor Nobach, D, Stanwood, WA (La Junior Kings Bantam AAA1)
#108: Andrew Fyten, C, Didsbury, AB (Airdrie Xtreme Major Bantam)
Round 7, #136: Keyvan Mokhtari, RW, Burnaby, BC (North Shore Winter Club Tier 1 Bantam)
Round 8, #158: Carter Hart, G, Sherwood Park, AB (Sherwood Park Flyers Major Bantam)
Round 9, #180: Ryan Warner, D, Victoria, BC (Juan de Fuca Tier 1 Bantam)
For more information on each of Everett’s draft picks and how the day unfolded, CLICK HERE to recap the Silvertips’ live bantam draft coverage from throughout the day. CLICK HERE for the pick-by-pick results from the WHL.
Players eligible for the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft are 1998-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. The order of selection for the first round of the draft is determined through a weighted lottery consisting of the six non-playoff teams. The draft order is based on the inverse overall standings from the regular season.
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