Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Draft Day Dawns For Rebels

[  NOTE - Diving into any sort of draft analysis is a new thing for this particular reporter so do bear with me and feel free to add some input of your own :)  ]

The 2012 WHL Bantam Draft takes place tomorrow (Thursday).

After the Draft Lottery took place shortly after the end of the regular season, I received a pair of interesting tweets (@Troy_Gillard) from one of my hockey followers...

"Do you think the scouting staff can get it right this time? Haven't much success in the draft recently."

"Scouting staff needs to do a better job following the easy rd 1 & 2 picks."

I couldn't really think of a reply as I first wanted to take a look back at the Red Deer Rebels recent history when it comes to the bantam draft. So let's take a quick look at the players from the 2011-12 Rebels who were acquired through the bantam draft (listed in order of draft year starting with most recent)...

Conner Bleackley F (2011 1st round, 21st overall) - played 16 games and had two goals
Haydn Fleury D (2011 2nd round, 43rd overall) - played 4 games and had a +1 rating
Kayle Doetzel D (2010 1st round, 12th overall) - 43 games, 3 points - Rebels Rookie of the Year
Cory Millette F (2010 2nd round, 34th overall) - 56 games, 21 points
Kevin Pochuk D (2010 5th round, 99th overall) - 8 games, 2 points
Scott Feser F (2010 8th round, 166th overall) - 9 games, 2 points
Mathew Dumba D (2009 1st round, 4th overall) - 69 games, 57 points
Mason Burr F (2009 2nd round, 27th overall) - 60 games, 4 points
Joel Hamilton F (2009 4th round, 71st overall) - 44 games, 18 points
Marc McCoy F (2009 5th round, 93rd overall) - 63 games, 10 points
Lucas Grayson D (2009 6th round, 116th overall) - TRADED
Bolton Pouliot G (2009 7th round, 140th overall) - 17 appearances, 3 wins, 5 losses
Brooks Maxwell F (2009 8th round, 159th overall) - 54 games, 21 points
Daulton Siwak F (2008 2nd round, 24th overall) - TRADED
Matthew Pufahl D (2009 4th round, 68th overall - TRADED
Chad Robinson F (2008 6th round, 131st overall) - 67 games, 36 points
Tyson Ness F (2008 6th round, 134th overall) - 70 games, 34 points including 20 goals
Alex Petrovic D (2007 2nd round, 33rd overall) - 68 games, 48 points - Rebels Team MVP
Brad Deagle F (2007 3rd round, 62nd overall) - TRADED
Adam Kambeitz F (2007 7th round, 143rd overall) - 45 games, 31 points - Rebels Captain
Justin Weller D (2006 2nd round, 24th overall) - 39 games, 8 points

Let's put some of these players/selections into different categories (these are just a few, not all)...

"BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK" --> Kambeitz, Robinson, Hamilton, Maxwell

"AS ADVERTISED" --> Dumba, Millette, Petrovic (could also go under the first category), Weller, Doetzel,

"JURY'S STILL OUT" --> Bleackley, Fleury, Doetzel, Pochuk, Feser

"DIDN'T WORK OUT" --> Siwak, Grayson, Deagle

For Rebels fans who no doubt have some opinions on Rebels bantam draft picks from the recent past (and on what they should do tomorrow) I'd love to hear your thoughts.  Post a comment on here or hit me up on Twitter!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They definately need a goal scorer, they can trade for defense.