It was an exciting day for hundreds of young hockey players from all over North America on Thursday as the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft was held in Red Deer, Alberta.
The Portland Winterhawks made 11 selections over the course of the morning, selecting eight forwards, two defensmen and one goaltender from the 2004-born age group. We’ll recap the picks below and provide more analysis and comments about the Portland picks over the coming days.
3rd Round, 58th Overall: Kyle Chyzowski (Center)
With their first pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft, the Winterhawks selected center Kyle Chyzowski from Surrey, BC. Chyzowski played for Delta Hockey Academy and scored 17 goals and 29 assists for 46 points in 33 games.
Chyzowski also comes from a bloodline of hockey players. His father Barry was former draft pick of the New York Rangers and his cousins Nick Chyzowski (Kamloops Blazers) and Ryan Chyzowski (Medicine Hat Tigers) have combined to play over 550 Western Hockey League games. Ryan still has two more years of WHL eligibility.
“In our assessment, we had Kyle Chyzowski rated number one on our list in the first round and we got him in the third round, so we are really excited,” General Manager and Head Coach Mike Johnston said. “I talked with his dad, Barry Chyzowski, who I had known before, and (his son is) a real dynamic, skilled player. It gives us a number one pick that we like as far as our first pick a guy who is going to fit into our system really well. Then you build your draft around that first pick.”
Weight: 140 lbs.
Notable Winterhawks drafted in the third round of the WHL Bantam Draft:
2011 – Caleb Jones, Defense (Drafted 4th round NHL. Active: 17 NHL games)
2012 – Dominic Turgeon, Forward (Drafted 3rd round NHL. Active: 9 NHL games)
4th Round, 80th Overall: Carter Streek (Forward)
The Portland Winterhawks used their second pick of the draft on speedy and tenacious winger Carter Streek from Kamloops, BC. While playing for Yale Hockey Academy this season, Streek scored 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points in 34 games.
Entering Thursday morning, the Winterhawks did not own a pick in the fourth round. That changed when they traded Shane Farkas and the 102nd overall pick for the 80th overall pick (that turned into Carter Streek) and a conditional pick in 2020.
Weight: 147 lbs.
Notable Winterhawks drafted in the fourth round of the Bantam Draft:
1999 – Cody McLeod, Forward (Active: 775 NHL games)
5th Round, 105th Overall: Ryder Thompson (Defense)
The Hawks used their third pick of the draft to select a strong two-way defenseman Ryder Thompson from Russell, MB. Playing for RINK Hockey Academy, Thompson was second on the team with 23 points in 29 games.
Weight: 150 lbs.
Notable Winterhawks drafted in the fifth round of the Bantam Draft:
2002 – Brandon Dubinsky, Forward (Drafted 2nd round NHL. Active: 823 NHL games)
2003 – Michael Sauer, Defense (Drafted 2nd round NHL. Played 98 NHL games.)
6th Round, 126th Overall: Luke Schelter (Forward)
Luke Schelter was the first American-born player the Winterhawks drafted on Thursday. The Centennial, Colorado native played for the Colorado Thunderbirds and produced four goals and 12 assists for 16 points in 13 league games. Schelter helped his team advance to Nationals after winning the Rocky Mountain District AAA Championship.
Weight: 175 lbs.
Notable Winterhawks drafted in the sixth round of the Bantam Draft:
2000 – Clayton Stoner, Defense (Drafted 3rd round NHL. Played 360 NHL games.)
2009 – Brendan Leipsic, Forward (Drafted 2nd round NHL. Active: 126 NHL games)
7th Round, 148th Overall: Ty Shumanski (Goalie)
The Portland Winterhawks acquired this pick from the Kamloops Blazers for a future 7th round pick because they had their eyes on goaltender Ty Shumanski of Hafford, SK. The Hawks traded up to draft the lone goaltender of their draft class and they got a quality one in Shumanski.
The Hawks pick had the fifth best numbers in his league this past season sporting a 2.93 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage with the Battleford Barons. He had a 7-9-2 record with two shutouts. Shumanski has an incredibly high ceiling to compliment his impressive size.
Weight: 175 lbs.
Notable Winterhawks drafted in the seventh round of the Bantam Draft:
1998 – Scott Nichol, Defense (Drafted 11th round NHL. Played 662 NHL games.)
2007 – Ryan Johansen, Forward (Drafted 1st round, 4th overall NHL. Active: 592 NHL games.)
2013 – Kieffer Bellows, Forward (Drafted 1st round, 19th overall NHL.)
8th Round, 168th Overall: Josh Mori (Defense)
The Portland Winterhawks selected their second defenseman of the draft with Richmond, BC native Josh Mori. Mori had 11 points in 21 games playing for Delta Hockey Academy and was teammates of Winterhawks first overall pick Kyle Chyzowski.
Weight: 135 lbs.
Notable Winterhawks drafted in the eighth round of the Bantam Draft:
2013 – Skyler McKenzie, Forward (Drafted 7th round NHL.)
9th Round, 184th Overall: Landon Van Engelen (Forward)
9th Round, 190th Overall: Marek Hejduk (Forward)
Entering the day, the Winterhawks did not have any picks in the ninth round. That quickly changed when they traded up with Brandon to acquire both the 184th overall and 190th overall pick for a future 8th round selection. The Hawks added to their forward depth of the draft with Landon Van Engelen of Tofield, AB and Marek Hejduk of Parker, CO.
Van Engelen scored 21 points in 28 games for the Sherwood Park Flyers and Hejduk, teammates of fellow draft pick Luke Schelter, had 16 points in 13 league games with the Colorado Thunderbirds Championship team. Hejduk is the son of NHL legend Milan Hejduk and his twin brother David was drafted six picks later by the Everett Silvertips.
Weight: 130 lbs.
Weight: 105 lbs.
Notable Winterhawks drafted in the ninth round of the Bantam Draft:
2010 – Chase De Leo, Forward (Drafted 4th round NHL. Active: 3 NHL games.)
10th Round, 212th Overall: James Snuggerud (Forward)
The Hawks drafted another American-born player in the tenth round when they picked James Snuggerud of Chaska/Chanhassen High School.
Weight: 150 lbs.
11th Round, 234th Overall: Marcus Nguyen (Forward)
Marcus Nguyen of Calgary, AB was the Hawks tenth overall pick of the draft. He posted 28 goals and 20 assists for 48 points in 35 games for the Calgary Northstar Sabres.
Weight: 140 lbs.
12th Round, 256th Overall: Maddox Fleming (Forward)
With the final pick of the draft, the Winterhawks selected Maddox Fleming from Rochester, Minnesota. Fleming scored 18 goals and 45 total points in just 16 games at Rochester Mayo High School. He also added nine goals and three assists for 12 points in three district tournament games. Recently finishing his freshman season, Fleming will enroll at Shattuck-St. Mary’s for the upcoming school year and hockey season.
Weight: 160 lbs.
Notable Winterhawks drafted in the tenth round of the Bantam Draft and later:
2012 – Alex Overhardt, Forward
2012 – Blake Heinrich, Defense
2012 – Evan Weinger, Forward