The past few days have been a whirlwind for our Western Hockey League players that were recently selected in the 2019 NHL Draft. Let’s take a look at what they’ve been up to with social media coverage from their prospective NHL teams.
First up we have third-overall selection Kirby Dach, a Saskatoon Blades forward who was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks. Dach began his day with a tour around Chicago, which included a press conference at the United Center, a tour of the Blackhawks dressing room, throwing the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game and visiting a Hawks Youth Hockey camp.
Bowen Byram, a Vancouver Giants defenceman and the four-overall selection by the Colorado Avalanche from the 2019 NHL Draft, has flown a little bit more under the radar on social media in comparison to Dach. But, there’s still lots that the Avalanche had Byram doing from the minute he was drafted. A call with Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, a chat with Colorado’s social team and finally, a heart-warming moment after being reunited with his family.
Lethbridge Hurricanes’ forward Dylan Cozens also had an exciting few hours after being selected seventh overall by the Buffalo Sabres. Cozens met up with WHL Alumni Sam Reinhart (Kootenay ICE), got a phone call from Sabres’ captain Jack Eichel, completed a quick round of 10 questions with Brian Druff and made sure to get a hug with his grandmother.
With the 17th-overall selections, the Vegas Golden Knights drafted Winnipeg ICE captain Peyton Krebs who was pretty pumped to be going to the desert. The Golden Knights also poked some fun at Krebs’ mode of transportation for the night after undergoing surgery on his Achilles.
After selecting Lassi Thomson, a Kelowna Rockets defenceman, 19th overall, the Ottawa Senators put together a video detailing his experience on draft day.
The Tampa Bay Lightning stole the show with the 27th-overall selection when they called Kelowna Rockets’ forward Nolan Foote to join his brother Cal Foote on the same NHL team. With both Foote brothers present at the draft, Tampa Bay was able to capture the moments during and after the draft with the Foote family.
Following the NHL Draft, Nolan visited Tampa Bay where he signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Lightning.
The final WHL player selected in the first round of the NHL Draft was Moose Jaw Warriors’ forward Brayden Tracey who was chosen by the Anaheim Ducks, 29th overall. Brayden and his dad Peter sat down with the Ducks team the next day to discuss their emotions and excitement surrounding draft day.
To begin the second round of the draft, Medicine Hat Tigers’ goaltender Mads Sogaard was selected by the Senators, 37th overall.
Edmonton Oil Kings’ defenceman Matthew Robertson was selected 49th overall by the New York Rangers.
Newly acquired Rockets’ forward Dillion Hamaliuk was selected by the San Jose Sharks 55th overall.
WHL Champion Brett Leason of the Prince Albert Raiders was the final player to be selected in the second round of the NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals, going 56th overall.
To begin the third round, Portland Winterhawks’ defenceman John Ludvig was selected 69th overall by the Florida Panthers.
Adam Beckman, a Spokane Chiefs forward, was selected by the Minnesota Wild 75th overall.
Selected 77th overall by the Montreal Canadiens was Everett Silvertips’ defenceman, Gianni Fairbrother.
The second WHL Champion to be selected in the 2019 NHL Draft was Raiders’ forward Aliaksei Protas, chosen 91st overall by the Capitals.
Mark Kastelic, captain of the Calgary Hitmen, was the first WHL player to be selected in the fifth round of the NHL Draft, 125th overall by the Senators.
Carson Focht, also a Hitmen forward, was the next player selected in the fifth round, 133rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks.
Henrik Rybinski, a forward for the Thunderbirds, was selected by the Panthers in the fifth round, 136th overall.
Selected by the Avalanche, 140th overall, was Tri-City Americans’ forward Sasha Mutala.
Forward Reece Newkirk of the Winterhawks was the final WHL player selected in the fifth round. He was selected 147th overall by the New York Islanders.
Beginning the sixth round, Roddy Ross, a goaltender for the Thunderbirds, was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers, 169th overall.
Selected 171st overall by the Avalanche was Brandon Wheat Kings’ forward Luka Burzan.
Finishing off the sixth round was Kamloops Blazers’ defencemen Quinn Schmiemann, who was selected 182nd overall by the Lightning.
As the first WHL player selected in the seventh round, Cole Moberg a defenceman of the Prince George Cougars, was selected 194th overall by the Blackhawks.
Matthew Wedman, a Thunderbirds’ forward, was selected 199th overall by the Panthers.
Vancouver Giants’ goaltender Trent Miner was selected 202nd overall by the Avalanche.
Finally, Dustin Wolf, the Silvertips’ goaltender, was the last WHL player selected in the 2019 NHL Draft at 214th overall by the Calgary Flames.