The Everett Silvertips announced Tuesday they have signed 2004-born forward Austin Roest to a Western Hockey League contract, the first member of Everett’s 2019 bantam draft class to sign.
“(He’s) a talented and skilled undersized kid who’s dad ended up being a really good player in this league,” Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson said of the third-round pick. “He’s got the genes and he’s been in the hockey environment. We’re excited to have him signed.”
Roest is the son of Stacy Roest, who played in the WHL for the Medicine Hat Tigers from 1991-1995 and played five season in the NHL (from 1998 to 2002) with the Detroit Red Wings and the Minnesota Wild. He’s currently the assistant general manager for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The younger Roest was Everett’s second selection in the 2019 bantam draft after a standout season with the North Zone Kings AA squad in the Okanagan Minor Midget League. There are few statistics available from that league, but Davidson said Roest was a big point producer.
Roest scored a pair of goals in the Silvertips’ prospect game on the third day of the Silvertips’ recent training camp.