This post was updated throughout the day with information regarding the Winterhawks’ selections in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. The Winterhawks have concluded their selections, having picked 13 players in the draft.
First Round, 11th Overall: Seth Jarvis (pictured)
The team’s first pick came in the opening round, when they selected center Seth Jarvis from Winnipeg, Manitoba at 11th overall. Jarvis played last season with the Rink Hockey Academy of the Canadian Sports Schools Hockey League, where he was 5th in the entire league with 66 points, including 42 goals, in 30 games played.
“He’s a player that plays the type of game that we want to play” said Winterhawks Assistant General Manager Matt Bardsley Thursday morning. “Great speed, puck possession, another forward that fits the mold we like to have. He may not be the biggest player but we think he’s very dynamic. In fact he reminds us a lot of Nic Petan, we see a lot of the same qualities in his game. We’re so excited that he was there at eleven, we basically had him as one of the top players in the draft.”
Third Round, 55th Overall: Ryan Helliwell
The Hawks’ next selection came in Round 3, when they selected Defenseman Ryan Helliwell from Vancouver, British Columbia at 55th overall. Helliwell played last season for the Burnaby Winter Club Bantam team. This season, Helliwell helped lead the program to the Western Canada Bantam Hockey Championship for the second consecutive year. Current Winterhawks forward Ilijah Colina played for the Burnaby Winter Club as a bantam, as well, before joining the Winterhawks. Halliwell played in 66 games for the Bruins this season, recording 23 goals and 51 assists for 74 points. He also notched an impressive +95 rating in +/-
Fourth Round, 77th Overall: Cross Hanas
In the fourth round, the Winterhawks picked their first player from the United States when they selected forward Cross Hanas at 77th overall. Hanas played for the Dallas Stars Elite 14U team last season, which plays in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League. In eight league games, Hanas recorded 6 goals and 11 points, while adding one assist in four playoff games. Cross is the son of Winterhawks scout Trevor Hanas.
Fifth Round, 99th Overall: Dante Giannuzzi
Portland went back to the province of Manitoba for their fifth round pick, selecting goaltender Dante Giannuzzi of Winnipeg. Giannuzzi earned a 12-4 record, with a 2.37 GAA, 90.9% save percentage, and 3 shutouts playing for the Rink Hockey Academy in the Canadian Sports Schools Hockey League. Giannuzzi was a teammate of the Hawks’ first round selection Seth Jarvis last season.
Sixth Round, 121st Overall: Tyson Kozak
With the 121st pick of the draft, the Hawks selected center Tyson Kozak from Souris, Manitoba, making him the third Manitoban selected by the Hawks. Kozak played this season for the Southwest Cougars Bantam AAA, where he scored 28 goals to go with 29 assists, for a total of 57 points in 36 games played.
Seventh Round, 135th Overall: Robbie Fromm-Delorme
After the lunch break, the Hawks selected forward Robbie Fromm-Delorme from Richmond, BC with their first of two picks in the seventh round. Fromm-Delorme played for the Governor’s Academy last season, where he played 25 games and scored seven goals and 13 points total.
Seventh Round, 143rd Overall: Aidan Thompson
With their second pick of the seventh round, forward Aidan Thompson became the second American selected by the Hawks in the draft. Thompson, from Fort Collins, Colorado, played last season for the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders 14U. In 26 games played including both league and tournament play, Thompson recorded 20 goals, 18 assists, and 38 points.
Eighth Round, 165th Overall: Ethan Edwards
In round eight, defenseman Ethan Edwards became the Winterhawks’ selection at 165th overall. Edwards, from St. Albert, Alberta, played for the St. Albert Sabres Bantam AAA team last season, where he recorded 25 points in 36 games from the blueline.
Ninth Round, 192nd Overall: Trey Taylor
The Winterhawks acquired the 192nd overall selection in the ninth round from the Lethbridge Hurricanes, and used it to select defenseman Trey Taylor from Vancouver, BC. Taylor played last season for the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes 14U.
Tenth Round, 204th Overall: Ethan Leyer
The Hawks again picked up another pick, this time from the Spokane Chiefs at 204th overall in round 10. They used the pick to select forward Ethan Leyer from St. Albert, Alberta. Leyer played for the St. Albert Sabres Bantam AAA team alongside fellow Winterhawks draftee Ethan Edwards, and recorded 37 goals and 68 points in 36 Games played.
Tenth Round, 209th Overall: Tyler Kleven
The Hawks selected defenseman Tyler Kleven from Fargo, North Dakota with the 209th pick in round 10. Kleven played for the Fargo Freeze 14UAA last season, and became the third player from the United States picked by the Hawks.
Eleventh Round, 231st Overall: Chase Yoder
American forward Chase Yoder was the Hawks’ 11th round selection at 231st overall. Yoder, from Fairview, Texas, played for the Dallas Stars Elite 16U and recorded 32 points in 32 games last season.
Twelfth Round, 253rd Overall: Jackson Nieuwendyk
The Hawks continued to select American prospects late in the draft, picking Jackson Nieuwendyk at 253rd overall in the twelfth round. Nieuwendyk is the son of Hockey Hall-of-Famer Joe Nieuwendyk. Jackson played last season for the Dallas Stars Elite 14U last season, where he picked up six goals in 8 league games.