Tips Select 11 Players in 2018 WHL Draft

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.


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


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.

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