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2020 WHL Bantam Draft

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We received the following press release from Taylor Rocca, Director of Communications for the WHL and Dan O’Connor Vancouver Giants Play by Play person and want to pass it along, considering we have no games currently being played – anywhere!

The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery will determine the order of selection by the first six teams in the first round of the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.

The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery involves the six lowest-place Clubs from the 2019-20 season and in no particular order are Swift Current Broncos, Moose Jaw Warriors, Tri-City Americans, Prince George Cougars, Regina Pats, and Red Deer Rebels. 

A team may only move up a maximum of two positions in the WHL Bantam Draft.

The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery will utilize 21 selection balls, the allotment of which is as follows:

 Swift Current Broncos – Six (pick previously traded via Lethbridge to the Regina Pats)

Moose Jaw Warriors – Five

Tri-City Americans – Four

Prince George Cougars – Three

Regina Pats – Two (pick previously traded to Saskatoon Blades)

Red Deer Rebels – One

In an effort to minimize gatherings of staff, the WHL Bantam Draft Lottery will be a closed event and will not be streamed live. Video of the proceedings will be available at WHL.ca following the conclusion of the event.

The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery selection process will be performed by Bennett Huber from KPMG.

The order of selection for the second round and all other rounds in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft will be determined by the inverse order of the final standings for the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season.

Players eligible for the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft will be 2005-born players who reside in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

2020 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft

The 2020 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft will consist of two rounds, and 44 selections, with each WHL Club afforded the opportunity to make two draft choices. 

The order of selection for the 2020 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft is as follows:

              First Round  Second Round
1. Red Deer Rebels23. Saskatoon Blades
2. Tri-City Americans24. Victoria Royals
3. Edmonton Oil Kings25. Warriors
4. Everett Silvertips26. PG Cougars
5. Prince Albert Raiders27. Regina Pats
6. Winnipeg ICE28.Wheat Kings
7. Vancouver Giants29. Winterhawks
8. Seattle Thunderbirds30. Kelowna Rockets
9. Swift Current Broncos31. Kamloops Blazers
10.Lethbridge Hurricanes32. Spokane Chiefs
11. Calgary Hitmen33. Tigers
12. Medicine Hat Tigers34. Calgary Hitmen
13. Spokane Chiefs35. Hurricanes
14. Kamloops Blazers36. Broncos
15. Kelowna Rockets37. Thunderbirds
16. Portland Winterhawks38. Vancouver Giants
17. Brandon Wheat Kings39. Winnipeg ICE
18. Regina Pats40. PA Raiders
19. PG  Cougars41. Everett Silvertips
20. Moose Jaw Warriors42. Oil Kings
21. Victoria Royals43. Tri-City Americans
22. Saskatoon Blades44. Red Deer Rebels

Players eligible for the 2020 WHL US Prospects Draft will be 2005-born players who reside in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Players not selected in the 2020 WHL US Prospects Draft will remain eligible to be selected in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft, or listed by a WHL Club at any time thereafter.

Thanks to Dan and Bill for another great season of Giants hockey – albeit cut somewhat short.