Northern Alberta Xtreme U15 Prep defenseman Brett Liske. The Silvertips selected Liske 10th overall in the WHL prospects draft on Thursday, May 11, 2023. (Photo provided by Silvertips)

Northern Alberta Xtreme U15 Prep defenseman Brett Liske. The Silvertips selected Liske 10th overall in the WHL prospects draft on Thursday, May 11, 2023. (Photo provided by Silvertips)

Capsules for all 11 of the Silvertips’ draft picks

A brief look at each player and comments from assistant general manager Mike Fraser as Everett stocks up on talent.

The Everett Silvertips selected 11 players between Wednesday’s U.S. priority draft and Thursday’s WHL prospects draft. Here’s a look at the players Everett picked, along with comments from Tips assistant general manager Mike Fraser and U.S. scout Michael Devellano (players listed with position, height, weight and hometown):

WHL prospects draft

First round (10th overall): Brek Liske, defenseman, 6-1, 175, Beausejour, Manitoba

Stats: Had 10 goals and 24 assists in 26 games with Northern Alberta Xtreme U15 Prep

Fraser: “He’s a big, strong player who really popped in the second half of the season. He’s a good skater who gained a lot of confidence with the puck as the season went along. He’s a steady, all-around defenseman who I can see playing in all situations moving forward. He’s the guy we wanted in that spot and it worked out perfectly for us.”

First round (20th overall): Caine Wilke, forward, 5-6, 155, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Stats: Had 28 goals and 43 assists in 29 games with Saskatoon Stallions U15 AA

Fraser: “I think Caine is one of the most electric players in the draft. He plays like a Silvertip. He’s tenacious, he’s hard on pucks, he has great skill, he moves the puck well and he’s proven at any event we’ve seen that he can score.”

Second round (32nd overall): Rhys Jamieson, forward, 5-11, 163, Calgary, Alberta

Stats: Had 34 goals and 37 assists in 34 games with Calgary CBHA U15 AAA Bisons

Fraser: “He has a good frame to him, he’s a good skater, he plays with a little jam, which I like, but he also has the ability to score. Without sounding cliche, we were shocked he was still there, we thought he might have gone in the first round.”

Third round (54th overall): Finn Werner, goaltender, 5-10, 150, St. Albert, Alberta

Stats: Was 21-1-0 with a 2.23 goals against average and .924 save percentage for St. Albert U15 AAA Sabres

Fraser: “We didn’t think this was a deep goalie draft, and we really wanted to take Finn because he’s very technically sound and has a calm demeanor to his game. We didn’t want to take the chance of waiting another round.”

Fourth round (86th overall): Lukas Lima, forward, 6-1, 192, Langley, B.C.

Stats: Had 14 goals and 14 assists in 27 games with Delta Hockey Academy U15 Prep Green

Fraser: “He plays a hard-nosed style of game. He’s never afraid to finish checks and play a heavier game, but in the same breath he finds a way to manufacture chances at the front of the net and create space for linemates.”

Fifth round (98th overall): Wade Franks, defenseman, 5-11, 160, Scout Lake, Saskatchewan

Stats: Had five goals and 18 assists in 28 games with Weyburn Wings U15 AA

Fraser: “Wade is a steady all-around defenseman. He moves pucks really well, he has a frame where it looks like he will grow some more, and he breaks up a lot of plays defensively.”

Sixth round (114th overall): Owen Cooper, forward, 5-6, 130, Calgary, Alberta

Stats: Had 14 goals and 23 assists in 22 games with Edge School U15 Prep

Fraser: “He’s a little sparkplug. He’s got all kinds of tenacious to his game, he’s very hard on pucks, and he’s another player who plays our style of game. We’re a puck-possession team and he certainly fits that mold.”

Eighth round (164th overall): Luke Van Imschoot, forward, 5-10, 141, Stony Plain, Alberta

Stats: Had 28 goals and 35 assists in 32 games with Titans Hockey Union U15

Fraser: “Luke played in that new Junior Prospects Hockey League this year, and he’s another guy who has a pretty good frame to him, who’s really hard on pucks, who’s really good in the corners and who can score.”

Ninth round (186th overall): Billal Noori, forward, 5-10, 181, Edmonton, Alberta

Stats: Had three goals and three assists in 21 games with WHL’s Calgary Hitmen as an 18-year-old

Fraser: “He was recently dropped by Calgary and he’s a player I always had a little time for. We’re looking to add a bit of offensive punch for the upcoming season, he has some good skill, and he was a former linemate of Ben Hemmerling from their Northern Alberta Xtreme days. We’ll bring him to training camp and see how he stacks up with some of our older guys.”

U.S. priority draft

First round (10th overall): Cameron Dillard, defenseman, 6-2, 175, Arlington, Texas

Stats: Had 12 goals and 45 assists in 66 games with Dallas Stars Elite 14U

Devellano: “Cameron is a number-one right-shot defenseman. He’s an above-average skater and a very strong defender. He’s very difficult to play against one-on-one with his positioning and his willingness to play physically.”

Second round (32nd overall): Booker Toninato, forward, 5-8, 139, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Stats: Had 36 goals and 68 assists in 70 games with Dallas Stars Elite 14U

Devellano: “Booker is a fast two-way center with excellent skating and puck skills. He has a high hockey IQ and is a superb playmaker with above-average goal-scoring skills.”

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