Earlier today the General Manager and Head Coach of the Red Deer Rebels, Brent Sutter, announced the signing of their first four draft picks from the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft held on May 3rd, 2018.
Forward Jayden Grubbe was selected with the Rebels first round pick, seventh overall. He is from Calgary, Alberta and played last season with the Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA program. Grubbe was named captain of the team in 2017-18 and registered 29 goals and 37 assists to go with 104 penalty minutes in just 35 regular season contests. Grubbe also represented Team Calgary South at the Alberta Cup, scoring three times and adding an assist. Jayden was also 11th in scoring at the World Select Invitational U15 tournament held in Philadelphia, PA, USA in May. His team played in eight games and he had 12 points on three goals and nine assists.
Kyle Masters is a defenseman that was also taken in the first round, a draft pick acquired in the deal that sent Josh Mahura and Jeff de Wit to Regina in 2017. Masters played for the OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep program in the CSSBHL. From Edmonton, the recently signed prospect scored seven goals and added 17 assists in 24 regular season games. Team Edmonton Yellow added Masters to it’s roster and he had five assists in five tournament games at the Alberta Cup.
28th overall pick Trey Patterson was drafted out of the Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA program as well. In 36 games, Patterson collected four goals and 21 assists. The 6’0″ 150lbs. defenseman also played for Team Calgary South at the Alberta Cup, registering two assists.
Finally, Josh Medernach of Lloydminster, Alberta was signed as well. The 5-foot-11 165 pound forward scored 16 goals and added 20 assists for the OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep team. Medernach also played for Team Northeast at the Alberta Cup adding a goal and an assist. Medernach joined Grubbe on the World Select Invitational Western Canada Selects. He scored once in eight games in Philadelphia.
The four signed prospects are eligible to play in five WHL contests in the 2018-19 season, until their regular club teams are finished their season. They may then join the team for any further action. They will be eligible for full time action in the 2019-20 season.