Broncos restock in 2009 WHL Bantam Draft
The Swift Current Broncos feel that their first round pick landed them the fastest skater available in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft. The Broncos selected centre Evan Richardson of Nanaimo with the 15th overall pick in last Thursday’s bantam draft. Richardson, 5'6' and 135 pounds, played for the Pursuit of Excellence Program in Kelowna this past season.
“Evan is a skilled, speedy forward that can play centre or wing. We feel that he is probably the fastest skater in the draft. He has that ability to get into a second and third gear,” noted Broncos Director of Player Personnel and Head Scout Jamie Porter.
With their second selection the Broncos took a former Swift Current Minor Hockey player.
SheaHoworko, who is originally fromSwift Current but now lives in Regina, was the 37th overall player taken in the draft. Howorko skated with the Notre Dame Hounds Bantam team this past year, scoring 22 goals and 43 points in 23 games.
In the fourth round, 81st overall, the Broncos selected 5'9, 145 lbs centre Sutton Olsen from Deloraine, MB.
In the sixth round the Broncos used a pair of picks to select defenseman Matthew Allen from Coquitlam, BC 125th overall and left-winger Arthur Gordon from Edmonton 127th overall.
In round seven the Broncos selected defenseman Ashton McLeod from Claresholm, AB 147th overall.
With their first of two eighth round picks the Broncos selected goaltender Michael Fredrick out of Lethbridge, AB.
With their second eighth round selection the Broncos selected Leduc, AB defenseman Colten Cassidey.
Overall the Broncos selected eight players over the draft's opening eight rounds, selecting four forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender. The Broncos selected four players out of Alberta, two out of BC, one Saskatchewan skater, and one Manitoban.
The first round of the draft saw 10 defensemen selected including the draft's first four picks led by the Portland Winter Hawks who selected Weyburn's Derrick Pouliot first overall.
The province of British Columbia led the way in the first round with nine picks, followed by six Albertans, five Saskatchewan skaters, one player out of Manitoba, and one American.
The Regina Pats used the fifth overall pick to select the first forward in the draft, selecting Saskatoon's Chandler Stephenson.
Medicine Hat used the 36th pick to select the draft's first goaltender, selecting Prince Albert's Dawson Macauley.