EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), seven-time U.S. Division champions of the Western Hockey League, concluded the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft with Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson, director of player personnel Alvin Backus, head scout Mike Fraser, and staff making a total of 12 selections of players born in 2004.
In total, the Silvertips selected seven forwards, three defensemen, and two goaltenders.
“Our approach at the draft continues to pursue natural ability which leaves us satisfied with this year’s individuals who have great potential to make an impact in a Silvertips jersey,” said Davidson. “This year we emphasized a heavier load of skilled forwards, and we’re excited about the potential from our defensive and goaltending prospects. It’s a product of the hard work from head scout Mike Fraser, director of player personnel Alvin Backus, and our entire scouting staff. We’re looking forward to welcoming our draft class to downtown Everett and educating them on the benefits of playing in the Western Hockey League and in front of our tremendous fan base.”
“A core ingredient of our organization is talent, and we stayed with that focus for this year’s draft class,” said Fraser. “We placed emphasis up front this year to acquire skilled forwards and we definitely walked away from today confident of the potential in that category for future Silvertips. It was surprising at a few picks that landed in our path, but that opportunity to add them to our organization enhanced our level of satisfaction from today. Overall, we’re excited and looking forward to seeing our prospects in downtown Everett very soon.”
With their first selection in the draft coming in the third round (49th overall), the Silvertips selected forward Ben Hemmerling from the Northern Alberta Xtreme Bantam Prep (CSSBHL). The native of Sherwood Park, Alberta led the program in assists (42) while ranking second on the team with 53 points (11g-42a) in 30 games. Hemmerling additionally tallied seven points (2g-5a) in five playoff games, ranking third among the team in postseason points and tied the team’s lead in playoff assists.
NHL BLOODLINES: Hejduk’s father, Milan, was a part of two Stanley Cup championship teams with the Colorado Avalanche and his #23 is retired by the organization … Roest’s father, Stacy, skated for four full seasons in the WHL with Medicine Hat (1991-95) and then suited up for four full NHL seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild.
Complete Silvertips draft history is available at www.everettsilvertips.com/bantam.
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