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Warriors complete 2019 WHL Bantam Draft

Robert Murray/WHL

The Moose Jaw Warriors selected ten players today at the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft in Red Deer, Alberta.

The Warriors day started with the announcement of a blockbuster trade with the Calgary Hitmen.  In the deal, the Warriors acquired 2002-born forward Ryder Korczak, 1999-born import defenceman Vladislav Yeryomenko, a 1st round pick in 2019, a conditional 3rd in 2020, and a 2nd round pick in 2021.

The 1st round pick that the Warriors acquired in the deal was the 11th overall pick, which they used to select defenceman Denton Mateychuk.  Playing last season with the Eastman Selects (WBD1), Mateychuk, 5’7”, 170lbs, had 23 goals, 38 assists, and 61 points in 36 games.

The Warriors next pick came in the 4th round where they selected centre Jagger Firkus 82nd overall.  Playing with the Lloydminster Bobcats, Firkus, 5’5”, 130lbs, had 33 goals, 32 assists, and 65 points in 30 games.

In the 5th round, the Warriors had two selections.  With their first pick in the 5th round, they drafted defenceman Carson Brisson, 5’10”, 130lbs, who had 18 goals, 19 assists, and 37 points in 32 games.

With their second pick in the 5th round, the Warriors selected goaltender Kyle Kelsey from the Burnaby Winter Club.  Kelsey, 6’0”, 150lbs, played in 16 games and posted a 12-3 record with a 2.67gaa and .920sv%.

Moving to the 6th round, the Warriors drafted defenceman Jaden Waddell from Rink Hockey Academy.  Waddell, 6’3”, 193lbs, played in 29 games and had three goals, nine assists, and 12 points.

In the 8th round, the Warriors selected right winger Carter McLeod, who is from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories but played last season with the Edge Academy in Calgary.  McLeod, 5’11”, 165lbs, had 12 goals, six assists, and 18 points in 30 games.

In the 9th round, the Warriors had a pair of picks, with their first pick in the round they drafted left winger Luke Robson 178th overall.  Robson, 5’5”, 135lbs, spent last year with the Southwest Cougars (WBD1) and had 17 goals, 17 assists, and 34 points in 32 games.

With their second pick in the 9th round, the Warriors selected centre Dakota MacIntosh 192nd overall.  MacIntosh, 5’9”, 162lbs, played last season with the Winnipeg Warriors (WBD1) and had 32 goals, 30 assists, and 62 points.

In the 10th round, the Warriors drafted defenceman Darien Schaan with the 214th overall pick.  Schaan, 6’1”, 165lbs, played with the Rink Hockey Academy last year and had two goals, ten assists, and 12 points in 29 games.

With their final pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft, the Warriors drafted centre Thomas Tien from St. George’s Academy.  Tien, 5’6”, 160lbs, had 24 goals, 40 assists, and 64 points.

In total, the Warriors selected five forwards, four defencemen, and one goalie.  Five players are from Manitoba, three are from Alberta, two are from B.C., and one from the Northwest Territories.

Players drafted today will be in Moose Jaw later this month for the Warriors 2019 Development Camp which will be held May 30 to June 2.

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