Daily Dose of the Dub: Raiders sweep WHL weekly awards, WHL releases draft order for Thursday’s Bantam Draft

Protas named WHL Player of the Week, Scott named WHL Goaltender of the Week

Aliaksei Protas has quickly become a household name in WHL circles after an offensive outburst this week for the Prince Albert Raiders. After scoring 11 goals in the regular season, Protas has matched that total in the playoffs, with six goals coming in the last week as he recorded back-to-back hat-tricks.

Raiders goalie Ian Scott continued his impressive run in the WHL playoffs this week. The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect played in four games for Prince Albert, posting a 3-1 record, a 2.00 goals-against-average and a .935 save percentage.

WHL releases full draft order for WHL Bantam Draft

The WHL has released the full draft order ahead of Thursday’s WHL Bantam Draft. The newly-relocated Winnipeg ICE will hold the first selection and could select Matthew Savoie from the Northern Alberta X-treme Prep. Earlier this year, the Lethbridge Hurricanes acquired Liam Hughes and an eighth-round pick from the Seattle Thunderbirds for Keltie Jeri-Leon and a fourth-round draft pick. It appears the draft picks in those trades have been returned to their original owners as Hughes retired after playing just six games with the Hurricanes.

Fix-Wolansky to join AHL’s Cleveland Monsters

Edmonton Oil Kings forward Trey Fix-Wolansky is expected to join the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters for the remainder of their Calder Cup Playoff run after the Oil Kings were eliminated from the WHL playoffs. Wolansky was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the seventh round of last year’s NHL entry draft. In 65 regular season games for the Oil Kings this year, Wolansky had 37 goals and 65 assists. He is eligible to return to the Oil Kings as an overage player for next season but could turn pro in the Columbus Blue Jackets system.

Five WHL alumni to represent Canada at World Championships

Canada has named its roster for the 2019 IIHF World Hockey Championship and it includes five WHL alumni. Up front, Canada’s roster includes Sam Reinhart (250 games played, 120 goals, 199 assists with the Kootenay Ice) and Mark Stone (232 GP, 106 G, 190 A with the Brandon Wheat Kings). On the blueline, Shea Theodore (257 GP, 58 G, 154 A with the Seattle Thunderbirds) and Damon Severson (260 GP, 36 G, 131 A with the Kelowna Rockets) will be in the lineup. In between the pipes, Carter Hart (149 GP with the Everett Silvertips) will be the lone WHL alumni.

Tigers’ alumni Langhamer signs two-year contract extension in KHL

Marek Langhamer (120 GP with the Medicine Hat Tigers) has signed a two-year contract extension to stay with Amur Khabarovsk of the KHL. The former seventh-round pick of the Arizona Coyotes played two NHL games with Arizona before heading to Europe at the tail end of the 2017-18 season.

Five WHL alumni win German Championship

Chet Pickard (169 GP with the Tri-City Americans), Brendan Mikkelson (226 GP, 16 G, 54 A with the Portland Winterhawks and Vancouver Giants), Markus Eisenchmid (106 GP, 26 G 41 A with the Medicine Hat Tigers), Garrett Festerling (248 GP, 62 G, 119 A with the Portland Winterhawks and Regina Pats) and Brent Raedeke (214 GP, 58 G, 84 A with the Edmonton Oil Kings and Brandon Wheat Kings) all featured on the DEL championship winning Adler Mannheim.

Raiders’ alumni Pilon named Head Coach of SJHL’s Red Wings

Rich Pilon (139 GP, 17 G, 55 A with the Prince Albert Raiders) has been named Head Coach of the SJHL’s Weyburn Red Wings. The 51-year-old played for the Raiders in the late 1980s before a 14-year NHL career that saw him suit up for the New York Islanders, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.

 

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