Everett selected 15 players in today’s bantam draft, including nine forwards and six defensemen. They were (with position, height, weight and hometown):
First round (15th overall): Jantzen Leslie, D, 6-0, 167, Lloydminster, Alberta
Third round (48th overall): Bryce Kindopp, RW, 5-11, 148, Lloydminster, Alberta
Third round (58th overall): Nick Henry, RW, 5-9, 160, Portage, Manitoba
Fourth round (81st overall): Brian King, F, 5-11, 151, Golden, Colo.
Fifth round (102nd overall): Ryan Anderson, LW, 5-8, 140, Edmonton, Alberta
Fifth round (104th overall): Jake Christiansen, D, 5-8, 150, West Vancouver, B.C.
Fifth round (106th overall): Connor Dewar, C, 5-7, 145, Gilbert Plains, Manitoba
Sixth round (124th overall): Riley Sutter, RW, 6-1, 160, Calgary, Alberta
Sixth round (127th overall): Wyatte Wylie, D, 5-9, 155, Lake Stevens
Seventh round (142nd overall): Carson Dimoff, LW, 5-10, 158, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Seventh round (146th overall): Brendan Studioso, RW, 5-8, 161, Mukilteo
Eighth round (168th overall): Blake Bergquist, F, 5-11, 175, Duluth, Minn.
Ninth round (190th overall): Nate Knoepke, D, 5-11, 160, Farmington, Minn.
Tenth round (212th overall): Matt Anderson, D, 5-11, 170, Minn.
Eleventh round (225th overall): Reid Hill, D, n/a, Minn.
Some brief notes:
– The 15 players Everett selected were the most the Tips have ever taken in a draft. The most previously was 13 in 2003 (the team’s first draft) and 2012. Therefore, Everett must have cleared off some space on its protected list to draft so many players.
– Eight of Everett’s 15 picks were Americans, which is a huge ratio. Granted, seven of Everett’s eight picks were Canadians, so the Tips played it safe early in the draft. But it’s a good bet many of the American picks will require recruitment.
– There’s two Americans, however, who will probably require less of a sales pitch as Wylie and Studioso are both products of Everett Youth Hockey. They’re the first players ever selected out of EYH. Indeed, it was a record year for Snohomish County as four local products — Wylie, Studioso, Snohomish goalie Dominick Vlaha (eighth round to Tri-City) and Monroe forward Luke Ormsby (ninth round to Seattle) — were picked. That’s one more local product than were picked in all previous bantam drafts combined.
More to come later …