The WHL Bantam Draft 2014 –if past years are any indication–will be held May 1st, 2014. This year’s draft will be for 1999-born players. These are players who will just be completing their final year of bantam.
Bantam Draft 2014
Players selected in the WHL Bantam Draft 2014 will come from the following regions:
- British Columbia
- Northwest Territories
Players can also come from the following American states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
Players from outside, i.e. east, of these regions will fall into Ontario or Quebec league territory.
Historically, according to Junior Hockey Truth’s WHL Bantam Draft page, the breakdown of WHL Bantam draft selections looks like this:
(Click link above to see your breakdown.)
American WHL draft picks are scattered amongst the states, but there has been a trend to choosing players from California, Minnesota, Texas and Colorado. However, this is mostly due sheer number of players per capita in those regions. It should be noted that there is a U.S. division in the Western League and that teams love to have good local talent to draw fans.
Players selected early in the Bantam Draft are often no-brainers. Players taken in later rounds are either projects, not viewed very much or potential flight risks for the NCAA. Sometimes this can lead to players being taken later than there talent indicates, especially if they are American players who haven’t been viewed often.
How to Get Selected
Players in the regions listed above do not have to apply for the WHL Bantam Draft 2014. By playing within the WHL’s territory, a player falls within the scope of the WHL. In the past players have been selected from every level of bantam, Jr. B and even senior hockey. If you are good enough, you will be seen.
Players who get selected usually have the following on their hockey resumes:
- Play at the highest level of bantam possible in their province
- Have impressive stats
- Shine at major tournaments
- Play well at their provincial development tournament (B.C. Best, Sask. First, etc.)
It is also very common for players to talk to WHL Bantam Draft scouts before the actual draft takes place. This can happen in person or over the phone. Often, teams want to get an idea of the player’s willingness to play, their character and also their maturity.
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