Halifax, N.S. – Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram has been recognized with the Sherwin-Williams CHL Top Prospect Award – presented annually to the top eligible prospect for the NHL Draft from the Canadian Hockey League.
Byram, a 17-year-old product of Cranbrook, B.C., is the top-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting heading into the 2019 NHL Draft, which is slated for June June 21-22 in Vancouver.
With a career-high 71 points (26G-45A) in 67 games this past season, the 6-foot-1, 192-pound defenceman established himself as one of the top rearguards in the entire WHL. Over the course of 138 career regular season games, Byram has accrued 98 points (32G-66A).
If the regular season wasn’t enough of a coming-out party for the sophomore, Byram truly hammered the point home during the 2019 WHL Playoffs. In 22 games, he posted 26 points (8G-18A), tops across the entire WHL as the Giants were defeated in Game 7 of the 2019 Rogers WHL Championship Series.
Byram suited up for Canada at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, notching four points (1G-3A) to help his country claim gold. He also represented Team WHL at the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series this past November.
Byram was originally selected third overall by the Giants at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.
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Previous WHL winners of the Sherwin-Williams CHL Top Prospect Award:
2016-17: Nolan Patrick, Brandon Wheat Kings
2012-13: Seth Jones, Portland Winterhawks
2010-11: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Red Deer Rebels
2001-02: Jay Bouwmeester, Medicine Hat Tigers
1998-99: Pavel Brendl, Calgary Hitmen
1995-96: Chris Phillips, Prince Albert Raiders
*CHL Top Prospect Award was not presented from 2003 to 2005