The Western Hockey League saw their talent take over the 2019 National Hockey League Draft Friday and Saturday in Vancouver, B.C. at Rogers Arena.
Seven players were selected in the first round Friday, led by Saskatoon Blades forward Kirby Dach. Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram and Lethbridge Hurricanes forward also heard their named called within the first seven selections.
Additionally, Winnipeg ICE captain Peyton Krebs, Kelowna Rockets defenceman Lassi Thomson, Rockets forward Nolan Foote, and Moose Jaw Warriors forward Brayden Tracey were also selected in the first round. Overall, 28 WHL players heard their name called throughout the two days of the event.
The first player selected from a WHL club was Dach, who heard his name called by the Chicago Blackhawks with the third-overall selection.
Following behind as the fourth-overall selection was Byram, who was chosen by the Colorado Avalanche.
Next up was Cozens, who was selected seventh overall by the Buffalo Sabres.
Selected 17th overall by the Vegas Golden Knights was Krebs.
Thomson then sparked the Rockets’ league-leading draft selections roster after being selected by the Ottawa Senators, 19th overall.
The next Rockets player to be chosen in the NHL Draft was Foote, who was selected 27th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Finally, Tracey, the WHL Rookie of the Year, was selected 29th overall by the Anaheim Ducks to conclude the WHL’s first-round selections in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Concluding the successful first-round of the 2019 NHL Draft, here’s what the players and WHL Commissioner Ron Robison had to say.
To begin the second round of the draft, Medicine Hat Tigers’ goaltender Mads Sogaard was selected by the Senators, 37th overall.
Rockets’ defenceman Kaeden Korczak was the next player selected, going 41st overall to the Golden Knights.
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 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 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.