From the teams to the scouting and player ranking services, no-one has a strong knowledge of which order the top 10-12 players in Thursday’s W-H-L Bantam Draft will be selected. Going into the proceedings, player ranking service “Draft Geek” had 10 different players in the top three placings at various points of this past season.
“There’s just any number of combinations that could go in the Top 5,” said Saskatoon Blades’ General Manager Colin Priestner, whose team holds the sixth overall choice. “I just think there’s going to be teams that have a (player) that’s sitting at #1 or #2 on their lists and they’re picking either sixth or seventh or even eighth. It just depends on what you’re looking for because each player is very different in this group.”
Thursday’s Bantam Draft features prospects born in 2003.
“I have no idea right now, honestly,” insisted Priestner when asked if he knew with certainty who the Blue and Gold would take with the sixth overall selection. “I’ve been talking to every agent of all these top players and they have no idea. We’ve done as many mock drafts as we can. But, if a guy goes to a team that we didn’t see coming, then it really throws everything out the window.”
The Bantam Draft starts at 8:30 a.m. Thursday with the Edmonton Oil Kings holding the first overall pick.