This is an ongoing series as we start the long road to the 2019-20 WHL season. We will be going in the order that teams were eliminated from contention. Keep in mind that the roster guesses vary because of information made available to us. We did our very best to capture all of the signings but could be missing some.
2018-19 WHL Season: The 2018-19 Everett Silvertips were overlooked yet again coming into the season and gradually walked away with another U.S. Division title. Many thought that they would fall off losing a strong overage trio and another set of three players who moved on to the pro ranks.
Instead, Connor Dewar and Bryce Kindopp provided a potent one-two punch and Riley Sutter gave them a strong number one center when he was healthy.
General manager Garry Davidson went out and snagged some veteran players with playoff experience with Robbie Holmes from Regina, Zack Andrusiak from Seattle and Max Patterson, Artyom Minulin and Sahvan Khaira from the 2018 WHL champion Swift Current Broncos.
Dustin Wolf stepped right into the net vacated by Carter Hart and put up the best GAA and save percentage in the league. He was named WHL Western Conference goalie of the year. Even more impressive considering he was just 17 years old.
The Silvertips were far too much for the Tri-City Americans in the first round, finally solving goalie Beck Warm and ousting them in five games.
Then they ran into the hot Spokane Chiefs in the second round. Ty Smith and company held Dewar and Kindopp in check and even a healthy Sutter was not enough as they fell in five games.
2019 WHL Bantam Draft: Trades with Seattle and Kamloops the past two seasons meant they had no picks in the first two rounds. They did end up drafting far into the day taking six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies.
Signed Players (29):
1999 – Lucas Cullen*, Riley Sutter@, Connor Dewar@, Max Patterson, Bryce Kindopp, Robbie Holmes
2000 – Gage Goncalves, Dawson Butt, Martin Fasko-Rudas, Justyn Gurney
2001 – Reece Vitelli, Conrad Mitchell, Jalen Price
2002 – Jackson Berezowski, Jacob Wright*
2003 – Nate Goodbrandson*, Carter Halamandaris*
1999 – Wyatte Wylie^, Jake Christiansen
2000 – Ian Walker, Gianni Fairbrother
2002 – Ronan Seeley, Dylan Anderson*, Aidan Sutter*
2003 – Olen Zellweger*, Ty Gibson*
2000 – Max Palaga
2001 – Dustin Wolf, Danton Belluk
Aged Out: Defensemen Artyom Minulin and Sahvan Khaira have moved on, as has forward Zack Andrusiak.
Going Pro: Dewar (Minnesota) and Sutter (Washington) are both signed to NHL ELCs and are eligible to play in the AHL as 20-year-olds. Wyatte Wylie is a drafted prospect of the Philadelphia Flyers and if he is signed, could turn pro as well. He has not been signed yet though.
Overage Shuffle: Wylie’s return is a bit of a question mark, but if he doesn’t get signed, he should be a lock for one of the three overage spots. Jake Christiansen should take another spot too as should their leading returning scorer Kindopp. If the latter is drafted though, he is in the same camp as Wylie with the NHL team having a chance to keep him somewhere in the organization.
That trio would be one of the better sets in the WHL. Add in Holmes and Patterson and you have an impressive quintet. Unfortunately for Everett though, you cannot keep five.
Holmes and Patterson are more than capable of taking overage spots next season somewhere in the WHL. It could be that Everett moves them and recuperates some of the assets plus more than they gave up for them last season.
Lucas Cullen came to Everett late in the season and played some pivotal playoff minutes with Sutter out. He is another of the options.
Import Issues?: Minulin has aged out so the Silvertips will get to draft again come CHL Import Draft time. Martin Fasko-Rudas returns and should improve his point total yet again. He had 15 in 2017-18 and 31 in 2018-19.
2019 NHL Draft: Defenseman Gianni Fairbrother has shot up the NHL Central Scouting rankings this season. He finished at 50th among North American skaters. Kindopp parlayed a 73 point season into being ranked 170th and Wolf was 12th among NA goalies.