WATCH: Head Coach Mike Johnston Discusses 2018 WHL Bantam Draft

Last Thursday was an exciting day for hundreds of young hockey players all around North America, as the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft took place in Red Deer, Alberta.

It was also an exciting day for the general managers, scouts and coaches who plan all year long for draft day. Portland selected 11 players last Thursday, six forwards, four defensemen, and one goaltender.

All of these players were born in 2003, meaning they will not be able to play their first full season in the Western Hockey League with Portland until the 2019-20 season.

Vice President, General Manager and Head Coach Mike Johnston spoke earlier today about what impressed him about each of the Winterhawks 2018 draft picks:

1st Round, 19th Overall: C Gabe Klassen – Prince Albert, Saskatchewan


3rd Round, 57th Overall: G Lochlan Gordon – Edmonton, Alberta


3rd Round, 63rd Overall: D Ty Murchison – Corona, California 


4th Round, 74th Overall: F Chaz Lucius – Blaine, Minnesota 


4th Round, 85th Overall: F Dawson Pasternak – Winnipeg, Manitoba 


5th Round, 107th Overall: D Ryan McCleary – Swift Current, Saskatchewan


5th Round, 109th Overall: F Jonah Bevington – Yellowknife, Northwest Terrotories


6th Round, 129th Overall: F Aidan Litke  – Winnipeg, Manitoba


8th Round, 173rd Overall: D Brody Tallman – Lethbridge, Alberta 


10th Round, 213th Overall: F Parker Murray – Manhattan Beach, California 


10th Round, 218th Overall: D Max Burkholder – Chaska, Minnesota 


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