The Swift Current Broncos made nine picks in this year’s WHL Bantam Draft. That despite having no selections in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds. You can read about those picks at Swift Current Online or on the Broncos website. It appears the draft featured some significant size and a collection of players the Broncos feel are pretty good bets to be all-around players. We’re talking about guys who have shown a two-way, gritty game and can deliver offence at good clip in bantam. None of these guys were blowing it out of the water scoring in bantam… they were very good contributors offensively who have other elements to their game as well.
The hope would be that at least a few of them develop into players that can contribute to the lineup. That’s really all you can ask when you’re picking mostly that late in the draft. It’s way too early to know if there were any late home runs in this draft. Outside of the top pick it’ll probably be three or four years before we know if they were able to make something out of what they had to work with today.
Great news? All of them that I talked to expressed their excitement about being in the organization. The team has been producing professional talent and guys who are getting opportunities in the NHL draft. That doesn’t go unnoticed. There are a lot of reasons to want to play in Swift Current and we are seeing enthusiasm for this program from the young players who I talked to today.
Interview with Broncos Assistant GM/Director of Player Personnel Jamie Porter (Download)
Interview with 1rst round pick D Dominic Schmeimann (Download)
Interview with 5th round pick F Tyler Oaklenfold (Download)
Interview with 5th round pick F Tanner Mole (Download)
By the way it’s worth mentioning that Mole is 6’3 and 212lbs not 242lbs as he was listed in the draft literature. He’s still a huge young man, but not quite that huge.
Interview with 8th round pick C Josh Baker (Download)
Interview with 10th round pick D Noah King (Download)
I also had the chance to chat with Carter Duffin who had coached some of the players the Broncos took in today’s draft at different times and had been tweeting about it. This is what he had to say about a few of those players.
Interview with Calgary/Edmonton minor hockey coach Carter Duffin (Download)
I intend to chat with the other draft picks I haven’t talked to yet at some point. Also expected some audio from Elmwood GM Sheldon Reinhart on the start of the golf season at some point over the next day or so.