28 WHL players selected at 2019 NHL Draft

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Vancouver, B.C. – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce 28 WHL players have been selected at the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C.

Since the 1967 NHL Amateur Draft, a total of 2,048 players have been selected out of the WHL, including 315 first-round selections. Of the 71 players selected across the Canadian Hockey League at the 2019 NHL Draft, 28 came from the WHL.

Friday evening, seven WHL players were selected in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft. Kirby Dach of the Saskatoon Blades (Third overall, Chicago Blackhawks), Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants (Fourth overall, Colorado Avalanche) and Dylan Cozens of the Lethbridge Hurricanes (Seventh overall, Buffalo Sabres) rounded out strong WHL representation in the top 10.

Winnipeg ICE captain Peyton Krebs (17th overall, Vegas Golden Knights), defenceman Lassi Thomson of the Kelowna Rockets (19th overall, Ottawa Senators), forward Nolan Foote of the Rockets (27th overall, Tampa Bay Lightning), and forward Brayden Tracey of the Moose Jaw Warriors (29th overall, Anaheim Ducks) were also selected in the first round.

Saturday began with Medicine Hat Tigers goaltender Mads Søgaard being selected 37th overall by the Ottawa Senators. Overall, 16 forwards, eight defencemen, and four goaltenders were selected from WHL member Clubs.

Of the 28 WHL players selected, 16 heard their names called during the first three rounds of the 2019 NHL Draft, including seven in the first round, five in the second round and four in the third round.

The Kelowna Rockets led the way among WHL Clubs with four players selected. In addition to the selections of Thomson and Foote in the first round, defenceman Kaedan Korczak was selected 41st overall by the Vegas Golden Knights while forward Dillon Hamaliuk was chosen 55thoverall by the San Jose Sharks.

The Seattle Thunderbirds enjoyed a strong showing with three players selected. The Calgary Hitmen, Everett Silvertips, Portland Winterhawks, Prince Albert Raiders, and Vancouver Giants each had a pair of players selected. Eleven other WHL member Clubs saw a single player from their team selected.

2019 NHL Draft – WHL Players
Overall – Player (Pos.) – NHL Team; WHL Team; Hometown

Round One (7) 
#3 – Kirby Dach (F) – Chicago Blackhawks; Saskatoon Blades; Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.
#4 – Bowen Byram (D) – Colorado Avalanche; Vancouver Giants; Cranbrook, B.C.
#7 – Dylan Cozens (F) – Buffalo Sabres; Lethbridge Hurricanes; Whitehorse, Yukon
#17 – Peyton Krebs (F) – Vegas Golden Knights; Winnipeg ICE; Okotoks, Alta.
#19 – Lassi Thomson (D) – Ottawa Senators; Kelowna Rockets; Tampere, Finland
#27 – Nolan Foote (F) – Tampa Bay Lightning; Kelowna Rockets; Kelowna, B.C.
#29 – Brayden Tracey (F) – Anaheim Ducks; Moose Jaw Warriors; Calgary, Alta.

Round Two (5)
#37 – Mads Søgaard (G) – Ottawa Senators; Medicine Hat Tigers; Aalborg, Denmark
#41 – Kaedan Korczak (D) – Vegas Golden Knights; Kelowna Rockets; Yorkton, Sask.
#49 – Matthew Robertson (D) – New York Rangers; Edmonton Oil Kings; Sherwood Park, Alta.
#55 – Dillon Hamaliuk (F) – San Jose Sharks; Kelowna Rockets; Leduc, Alta.
#56 – Brett Leason (F) – Washington Capitals; Prince Albert Raiders; Calgary, Alta.

Round Three (4)
#69 – John Ludvig (D) – Florida Panthers; Portland Winterhawks; Kamloops, B.C.
#75 – Adam Beckman (F) – Minnesota Wild; Spokane Chiefs; Saskatoon, Sask.
#77 – Gianni Fairbrother (D) – Montreal Canadiens; Everett Silvertips; North Vancouver, B.C.
#91 – Aliaksei Protas (F) – Washington Capitals; Prince Albert Raiders; Vitebsk, Belarus

Round Five (5)
#125 – Mark Kastelic (F) – Ottawa Senators; Calgary Hitmen; Phoenix, Ariz.
#133 – Carson Focht (F) – Vancouver Canucks; Calgary Hitmen; Regina, Sask.
#136 – Henrik Rybinski (F) – Florida Panthers; Seattle Thunderbirds; Vancouver, B.C.
#140 – Sasha Mutala (F) – Colorado Avalanche; Tri-City Americans; Vancouver, B.C.
#147 – Reece Newkirk (F) – New York Islanders; Portland Winterhawks; Moose Jaw, Sask.

Round Six (3)
#169 – Roddy Ross (G) – Philadelphia Flyers; Seattle Thunderbirds; Meadow Lake, Sask.  
#171 – Luka Burzan (F) – Colorado Avalanche; Brandon Wheat Kings; Surrey, B.C.
#182 – Quinn Schmiemann (D) – Tampa Bay Lightning; Kamloops Blazers; Wilcox, Sask.

Round Seven (4)
#194 – Cole Moberg (D) – Chicago Blackhawks; Prince George Cougars; North Vancouver, B.C.
#199 – Matthew Wedman (F) – Florida Panthers; Seattle Thunderbirds; Edmonton, Alta.
#202 – Trent Miner (G) – Colorado Avalanche; Vancouver Giants; Brandon, Man. 
#214 – Dustin Wolf (G) – Calgary Flames; Everett Silvertips; Tustin, Calif.

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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