Warriors will pick fourth in WHL draft

Matthew Gourlie
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For the final two weeks of the season the Moose Jaw Warriors could neither move up, nor down in the Western Hockey League standings.


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The same held true in Wednesday's WHL draft lottery where the Warriors remained fixed in the fourth spot for the WHL bantam draft on May 1.

The Saskatoon Blades won the draft lottery which saw them vault the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The real winners, however, were the Brandon Wheat Kings. Brandon has the right to swap first round picks with Saskatoon which they will surely take.

During the 2012 bantam draft the Wheat Kings dealt Brenden Walker to the Blades for a second round pick in 12, a second round pick in 13, a third round pick in 14 and the rights to swap first round picks with the Blades in 14.

The Warriors could have moved up as high as second in the draft had they won or dropped as low as fifth had Prince George or Red Deer won. The Warriors had a 14.3 per cent chance of winning the lottery.

It is early in the draft process as the provincial championships and provincial all-star tournaments will take place over the next five weeks. Jordy Bellerive from Vancouver's North Shore Winter Club entered the season as a possible first overall pick after he scored 68 goals and had 128 points in 65 games as a first-year Bantam. 

Winnipeg's Stelio Mattheos has also turned heads this season. Mattheos, a six-foot-one centre, had 53 goals and 103 points in 32 games to lead the Manitoba midget AAA league in scoring.

Organizations: Brandon Wheat Kings, Winter Club

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Prince George, Red Deer Vancouver North Shore Winnipeg Manitoba

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