Wed. Jun 16th, 2021

By Sean Patrick Ryan

~ ~ ~

The WHL regular season is officially over. It was in fact over for several of the leagues 2020 draft eligibles weeks ago with the commence of the U18 tournament, in which Canada won the Gold Medal. Dylan Guenther, Logan Stankoven, Conner Roulette, Olen Zellweger, Noah Allan & Thomas Milic all participated for Canada.

While that tournament was under way, there were a few other draft eligibles who picked up their production and likely boosted their draft stock late. The three biggest benefactors were Caedan Bankier, Sean Tschigerl and Trevor Wong.

Caedan Bankier, finished the WHL season with the 2nd most points technically, behind only Dylan Guenther. While he averaged a point per game (23 pts in 22 GP), he actually went pointless in 9 different contests. Bankier, a 6’2″, 192 lb center, had 75 shots on goal and was a respectable 48.8% in the faceoff dot.

Sean Tschigerl finished with the most goals in the WHL this season for draft eligibles with 13. He started the season with goals in back to back games then went 7 games with only 1 assist. However, he finished the season strong with a 12 game point scoring streak in which he scored 11 goals & 18 points.

He only played 16 games, but Trevor Wong was one of the most dynamic players to follow in the WHL this season. He’s only 5’8″, 154 lbs but his game is very reminiscent of a young Taylor Hall stylistically. That of course is only Junior though. It remains to be seen if Wong‘s size & stature will limit him at the next level but there’s not doubting the talent. Wong can absolutely wire the puck and has a terrific work ethic so he should be an attractive option in the 2nd-3rd round of the NHL draft if a team is willing to bet on skill.

~ ~ ~

Overall, it is a really talented group with seems to have some good depth too it. Guenther & Cossa are the gems of this class and surefire 1st round picks. Logan Stankoven, Ryder Korczak and Olen Zellweger have a chance to be too. But there is also a real intriguing group of potential mid round picks that includes: Colton Dach, Jake Chiasson, Eric Alarie, Sean Tschigerl, Zack Stringer, Zack Ostapchuk – all of whom who are bigger guys and can put the puck in the net.

_

~ ~ ~

_

2021 Draft Eligibles

BirthdatePosNameGPGAPTeam
2003-04-10RWDylan Guenther12121224Edmonton
2003-01-26CCaedan Bankier22111223Kamloops
2003-04-11LWSean Tschigerl2113821Calgary
2003-01-27LWEric Alarie19101020Moose Jaw
2003-01-04LWColton Dach2011920Saskatoon
2003-05-25RWJake Chiasson2391120Brandon
2003-05-04CTrevor Wong1661016Kelowna
2002-09-23CRyder Korzcak1731316Moose Jaw
2003-05-29LWZack Ostapchuk227916Vancouver
2002-12-04CCole Dubinsky215914Regina
2003-04-10LWZack Stringer235914Lethbridge
2003-09-10LDOlen Zellweger1121113Everett
2003-06-05CCraig Armstrong217613Prince George
2003-01-10RWCarson Latimer2251113Edmonton
2003-01-08LWLucas Ciona2321113Seattle
2003-05-22RWTy Nash244913Lethbridge
2003-05-13LWConner Roulette116612Seattle
2002-11-14RDVincent Lorio225712Brandon
2003-06-30LWGabe Klassen198311Portland
2003-05-29LWBlake Swetlikoff216511Spokane
2003-02-16LDDru Krebs2301111Medicine Hat
2003-02-26CLogan Stankoven67310Kamloops
2003-04-09RDKyle Masters2001010Red Deer
2003-02-18LWBrett Hyland234610Brandon
2003-01-20LDTyson Galloway17459Calgary
2002-09-24CEthan Rowland23639Red Deer
2003-01-28RWTyson Laventure23538Prince Albert
2003-03-17RWChase Bertholet18268Winnipeg
2003-09-09RDRyan McCleary18257Portland
2002-10-26CDrew Englot24246Regina
2003-03-18LDElias Carmichael14246Kelowna
2003-05-21LDMarc Lajoie19145Tri-City
2003-01-12CJayden Grubbe5123Red Deer
2003-01-15RWSteel Quiring13213Kelowna
2003-04-10LDKeegan Slaney20033Edmonton
2003-04-28LDNoah Allan16112Prince Albert
2003-05-14LWTy Cheveldayoff18112Spokane
2003-02-05RDMarek Schneider13011Seattle
2003-03-16LWAidan Litke10101Portland
2003-09-12LDGraham Sward11101Spokane
2003-07-30RDAidan Brook17011Medicine Hat
2003-01-14LDCarson Lambos2000Winnipeg
_
BirthdatePOSNameGPW-LGAASV%Team
2002-11-21GSebastien Cossa617-11.57.941Edmonton
2003-01-19GChase Coward42-13.02.914Red Deer
2003-04-14GThomas Milic95-42.74.913Seattle
2003-08-19GBeckett Langkow54-13.35.904Medicine Hat
2003-09-13GBrett Mirwald164-93.54.895Moose Jaw

_

_

~ ~ ~

To comment please do so via Twitter @TheOilKnight.