Initial Thoughts of the Bantam Draft
Wow, The Tigers took players all the way back into the 14th round. that is unheard of for them.
They must have had a few names that were ranked much higher on their lists or they cleaned house from older prospects and had extra room.
The Chart Courtesy of The Medicine Hat Tigers Website
|Garin Bjorklund||G||Grande Prairie, AB||5’11||147||1st||21st|
|Scout Truman||F||Lethbridge, AB||5’5||137||2nd||43rd|
|Ryan Watson||D||Delta, BC||5’9||149||3rd||65th|
|Noah Danielson||C||Olds, AB||5’8.5||160||4th||87th|
|Brett Meerman||RW||Blackfalds, AB||5’8.5||155||5th||110th|
|Kadyn Chabot||C||Lethbridge, AB||5’7.5||160||6th||131st|
|Austin Dycer||D||Yorkton, SK||5’8.5||149||8th||175th|
|Brayden Kapty||D||Coalhurst, AB||5’9.5||132||9th||197th|
|Stephen Rosier||F||Calgary, AB||5’7||171||10th||219th|
|Tyler Bates||D||Calgary, AB||5’7||150||11th||241st|
|Samuel Deckhut||C||San Diego, CA||5’5.5||124||12th||263rd|
|Talon Zakall||D||Kamloops, BC||5’9||140||13th||285th|
|Davis Chorney||C||Nipawin, SK||5’11||180||14th||307th|
Normally Goaltenders are highly volatile and it is why we don't see a lot of them picked in the first couple rounds. Their are lots of past examples of goaltenders taken early not panning out.
However with the elimination of the ability to take goaltenders in the import draft, goalies seem to be slowly creeping up the list in the draft order. The past couple years a few of them have been taking in the 1st rounds, and it is not uncommon to see half a dozen selected after the 2nd round.
If you are a team with a late first round pick like the Tigers and their is a goaltender that you've watched and really like, it makes a lot of sense to take a stab at the best goaltender available, and that is what they did.
Stick to their strengths in last position
The Tigers are good at finding the smaller players with talent, later in the draft, so in a draft where you pick 21st out of 22 teams it is understandable to retreat back to what their strengths are and why not a lot of bigger bodies were selected. They are essentially trying to keep up with the pack and hope they find a couple gems in the later rounds.
Unfortunately for us, we won't really know how well or how poor they did, until this draft is long forgotten, and we are sitting here 6 years later going OMG that seemed like yesterday.
Reviewing the 2011 Bantam Draft
It seems like yesterday Blake Penner the hometown kid was picked in the first round.
In this draft the Tigers had the 18th pick in each round out of 22 teams.
Zac Robidoux Goaltender
Nothing for them after the 7th round
Blake Penner - 3 year utility/3rd line player.
Chad Butcher WHL ALL-Star
Nathyn Mortlock Depth 8-9th defenceman (released, and played for regina)
Alex Mowbray - 4 year 3rd line player (released and played for spokane as an overage)
Steven Owre - WHL Allstar
Zac Robidoux - 3rd string goaltender Traded to Lethbridge for a 3rd round pick.
2011 Draft Grade: A
In an average year you want 3 core players, but the Tigers found 2 allstars, 2 3rd liners, 2 players that had cups of coffee in the whl.
If the Tigers had had a top 5 draft pick, I'd say this draft would have been average. However they had the 18th pick and for that this draft is pretty outstanding and a big reason why this past season the Tigers had top of the line talent regarding their overage positions.