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Western Hockey League completes 2020 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft

 

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League completed the 2020 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft today. WHL member Clubs selected 44 players throughout the two-round draft.

After obtaining the first-overall selection, the Red Deer Rebels chose forward Gracyn Sawchyn (Minneapolis, Minn. / Shattuck-St. Mary’s Sabres 14U). With the second-overall selection, the Tri-City Americans chose forward Shaun Rios (San Jose, Calif. / San Jose Junior Sharks 14U). The Edmonton Oil Kings selected forward Alexios Georgaklis (San Diego, Calif. / San Diego Saints 14U AA) to round out the top-three selections.

Of the 44 players chosen, 20 participated in the inaugural WHL U.S. Challenge Cup in Kent, Wash. in February. From the participating teams at the event, the Los Angeles Junior Kings led the way with seven players selected. The Dallas Stars Elite had six players chosen while the San Jose Junior Sharks and San Diego Saints each had four players chosen. A single player from the Delta Hockey Academy was chosen.

In total, nine different states had players chosen at the 2020 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft, led by 18 California-born players. Minnesota was next with 12 players selected while Texas was third with five.

Complete results from the 2020 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft are available at whl.ca/draft. 

2020 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft

Round One
1. Red Deer Rebels: Gracyn Sawchyn (F) – Minneapolis, Minn. – 5’8” / 130 lbs. – January 19, 2005
2. Tri-City Americans: Shaun Rios (F) – San Jose, Calif. – 5’9” / 145 lbs. – November 12, 2005
3. Edmonton Oil Kings: Alexios Georgaklis (F) – San Diego, Calif. – 6’1” / 175 lbs. – January 9, 2005
4. Everett Silvertips: Miles Roberts (G) – Costa Mesa, Calif. – 6’0” / 170 lbs. – February 4, 2005
5. Prince Albert Raiders: Jamison Sluys (F) – Point Roberts, Wash. – 5’7” / 145 lbs. – September 3, 2005
6. Winnipeg ICE: Jayson Shaugabay (F) – Warroad, Minn. – 5’9” / 158 lbs. – April 5, 2005
7. Vancouver Giants: Philippe Blais-Savoie (D) – San Jose, Calif. – 5’10” / 150 lbs. – June 10, 2005
8. Seattle Thunderbirds: Landon Dauner (F) – Fargo, N.D. – 5’11” / 175 lbs. – February 6, 2005
9. Swift Current Broncos: Austin Moline (D) – Las Vegas, Nev. – 6’1” / 145 lbs. – November 21, 2005
10. Lethbridge Hurricanes: Nathan Tobey (D) – Oklahoma City, Okla. – 5’11” / 137 lbs. – January 2, 2005
11. Calgary Hitmen: Hunter Anderson (F) – Hermosa Beach, Calif. – 5’7” / 158 lbs. – April 28, 2005
12. Medicine Hat Tigers: Oliver Moore (F) – Mounds View, Minn. – 5’9” / 146 lbs. – January 22, 2005
13. Spokane Chiefs: Anthony McIntosh-Asgard (D) – Minot, N.D. – 5’11” / 165 lbs. – January 5, 2005
14. Kamloops Blazers: Drew Stewart (F) – Minnetonka, Minn. – 5’5” / 135 lbs. – November 3, 2005
15. Kelowna Rockets: Wyatt Olson (F) – Maple Grove, Minn. – 6’0” / 161 lbs. – May 24, 2005
16. Portland Winterhawks: Alex Weiermair (F) – Los Angeles, Calif. – 5’11” / 168 lbs. – May 10, 2005
17. Brandon Wheat Kings: Zach Nehring (F) – Minot, N.D. – 6’1” / 140 lbs. – March 7, 2005
18. Regina Pats: Matteo Michels (F) – Colleyville, Texas – 5’7” / 115 lbs. – June 29, 2005
19. Prince George Cougars: Zephyr Tangri (D) – View Park-Windsor Hill, Calif. – 6’1” / 183 lbs. – January 12, 2005
20. Moose Jaw Warriors: Cameron McEwan (F) – Coppell, Texas – 5’10” / 158 lbs. – February 13, 2005
21. Victoria Royals: Alexander Young (D) – Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – 5’9” / 147 lbs. – November 23, 2005
22. Saskatoon Blades: Ze’ev Buium (D) – Laguna Niguel, Calif. – 5’5” / 125 lbs. – December 7, 2005



Round Two
23. Saskatoon Blades: Brenden Fields (F) – Ladera Ranch, Calif. – 5’6” / 124 lbs. – January 9, 2005
24. Victoria Royals: Jackson Foddrill (F) – Colleyville, Texas – 5’8” / 151 lbs. – October 13, 2005
25. Moose Jaw Warriors: Joshua Halliday (F) – Santa Clarita, Calif. – 5’9” / 140 lbs. – February 15, 2005
26. Prince George Cougars: Dylan Johnson (G) – Dallas, Texas – 5’10” / 149 lbs. – March 30, 2005
27. Regina Pats: Brogan Young (D) – Burbank, Wash. – 6’1” / 153 lbs. – February 2, 2005
28. Brandon Wheat Kings: Ty Henricks (F) – Woodbury, Minn. – 6’1” / 170 lbs. – June 28, 2005
29. Portland Winterhawks: Jason Zaccari (D) – Santa Ana, Calif. – 5’9” / 145 lbs. – June 2, 2005
30. Kelowna Rockets: Finn Brink (F) – Maple Grove, Minn. – 5’8” / 150 lbs. – April 6, 2005
31. Kamloops Blazers: Calvin Vachon (G) – Redondo Beach, Calif. – 5’9” / 128 lbs. – July 19, 2005
32. Spokane Chiefs: Liam Hupka (D) – Eden Prairie, Minn. – 5’10” / 130 lbs. – June 27, 2005
33. Medicine Hat Tigers: Josh Erickson (F) – Danville, Calif. – 5’11” / 142 lbs. – March 23, 2005
34. Calgary Hitmen: Briggs Orr (D) – San Jose, Calif. – 5’8” / 137 lbs. – March 28, 2005
35. Lethbridge Hurricanes: Riley Bassen (F) – Frisco, Texas – 5’6” / 115 lbs. – April 26, 2005
36. Swift Current Broncos: Owen Crudale (G) – San Diego, Calif. – 5’9” / 150 lbs. – May 26, 2005
37. Seattle Thunderbirds: Drew Mackie (D) – Anchorage, Alaska – 5’9” / 135 lbs. – June 17, 2005
38. Vancouver Giants: Duncan Shin (F) – Chandler, Ariz. – 5’10” / 155 lbs. – January 14, 2005
39. Winnipeg ICE: Beckett Hendrickson (F) – Minnetonka, Minn. – 6’0” / 150 lbs. – June 24, 2005
40. Prince Albert Raiders: Declan Stewart (F) – Hawthorne, Calif. – 5’10” / 133 lbs. – September 10, 2005
41. Everett Silvertips: Gavin Reed (D) – Dayton, Minn. – 5’10” / 155 lbs. – May 31, 2005
42. Edmonton Oil Kings: John Novak (D) – Apple Valley, Minn. – 5’9” / 174 lbs. – April 7, 2005
43. Tri-City Americans: Ben Picard (F) – Oakland, Calif. – 6’0” / 165 lbs. – January 21, 2005
44. Red Deer Rebels: Aidan Willis (F) – Farmington, Minn. – 5’10” / 168 lbs. – January 11, 2005



About the Western Hockey League

Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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