Hitmen Own Eight Of The Top 71 Picks Heading Into The 2018 WHL Bantam Draft

Calgary Hitmen

The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club will select fourth overall when the Western Hockey League holds its annual bantam draft on Thursday, May 3 in Red Deer, AB.

The pick was determined last month during the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft Lottery involving the six non-playoff teams from the 2017-18 regular season.

The remaining draft order is based on the inverse overall standings.

“Having five of the first 47 picks and eight in the first 71 selections sets us up really well in this draft,” said Hitmen Director of Player Personnel Dallas Thompson.  “It’s a very deep draft in the early rounds and we are excited at the opportunity to add these WHL prospects to our team and watch their development.”


1 4 CGY lottery pick
2 25 CGY
2 36 CGY from TC Pick acquired in the Bean trade
2 43 CGY from SC Pick acquired in the Gennaro/Malenstyn trade
3 47 CGY
3 62 CGY from SEA via KEL/PA Pick acquired in the Hyman trade
4 69 CGY
4 71 CGY from PA via KAM Pick acquired in the Stallard trade
6 113 CGY
7 135 CGY
8 157 CGY
9 179 CGY
10 201 CGY

Nearly 100 Hitmen bantam picks have gone on to play for the franchise including: Jackson van de Leest (2016), Tristen Nielsen (2015), Mark Kastelic (2014), Beck Malenstyn (2013), Jake Virtanen (2011), Colby Harmsworth (2010), Kenton Helgesen (2009), Cody Sylvester (2007), Matt Mackenzie (2006), Martin Jones (2005), Brett Sonne (2004), Karl Alzner (2003) and Ryan Getzlaf (2000).

The 2018 WHL Bantam Draft will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer, AB.

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