Daily Dose of the Dub: Cougars win 2020 WHL Bantam Draft Lottery, Rebels select Sawchyn in U.S. Prospects Draft and more

 

Cougars win 2020 WHL Bantam Draft Lottery

The Prince George Cougars have won the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft Lottery meaning they will move up to the second pick from the fourth pick. This bumps Moose Jaw to the third pick and Tri-City to the fourth pick while the Regina Pats retain the first pick. In an interview with the Regina Leader-Post, Pats General Manager John Paddock confirmed the team will select Connor Bedard who was granted exceptional status on Tuesday which will allow him to play in the WHL full-time next season.

WHL holds inaugural US Prospects Draft

The WHL also held its first-ever U.S. Prospects Draft with the Red Deer Rebels using the first pick to select Gracyn Sawchyn from Shattuck St. Mary’s Bantam A1. The draft also saw former NHL goaltender Rogie Vachon’s grandson, Calvin Vachon drafted by the Kamloops Blazers. Our Paul Figler has the full story here.

Warriors announce 2019-20 awards

The Moose Jaw Warriors announced their team awards on Wednesday afternoon:

  • Ryder Korczak was the team’s top scorer, 3 Stars Award Winner and was co-winner of the player of the year.
  • Logan Doust was named the Most Sportsmanlike Player
  • Eric Alarie received the Scholastic Achievement Award and Rookie of the Year award.
  • Cade Hayes is this year’s Most Improved Player.
  • Owen Hardy won the Hustle Award and Fan’s Choice Award and was co-winner of the player of the year.
  • Tate Popple is the Humanitarian of the Year and Unsung Hero.
  • Daemon Hunt was named the Top Defenseman of the Year.

ICE announces co-MVP’s

The Winnipeg ICE has named Peyton Krebs and Isaac Johnson co-MVPs for the 2019-20 season.

Cougars announce Humanitarian of the Year

The Prince George Cougars have named Jack Sander their Humanitarian of the Year for the 2019-20 season.

USA Hockey announces U-17 Development Team

USA Hockey announced its U-17 Development Team for the 2020-21 season on Wednesday and it features a few names WHL fans will recognize:

  • Maddox Fleming (Portland Winterhawks 2019 12th round pick)
  • Marek Hejduk (Portland Winterhawks 2019 9th round pick)
  • Cruz Lucius (Seattle Thunderbirds 2019 8th round pick)
  • James Snuggerud (Portland Winterhawks 2019 10th round pick)
  • Charlie Stramel (Victoria Royals 2019 10th round pick)
  • Dylan Silverstein (Medicine Hat Tigers 2019 5th round pick)

NHL postpones Scouting Combine and NHL Draft

The NHL has postponed this year’s Scouting Combine and Entry Draft due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19. The location, timing, and format of the NHL Entry Draft and Draft Lottery will be announced once details have been finalized. As of this time, it is unknown how much this will impact the CHL Import Draft as it is normally held after the NHL Draft.

Cederholm graduates from Portland State with the highest distinction

Anton Cederholm (139 GP, 13 G, 22 A with the Portland Winterhawks from 2013-15) has graduated with the highest distinction for non-Latin students with a BS in Business Management from Portland State University.

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