This is weird, haven't dug too deep but never heard of a non-bantam get drafted in the Bantam draft. Wonder if it is a typo?
WHL teams are only allowed to have 50 players on their list. Last season's 20 year old players come off before the draft (most teams have 3) and that opens up 3 spots. Also, their 19 year olds come off the list but are held in a special category before the draft. At the beginning of next season, teams will decide which 20 year old players go back on the list (max. 3). So depending on the number of 19/20 year olds that come off the list, that's how many the team can draft.
During the draft, the team may decide they need to draft another player. If they do not have room on their 50 player list, they have to drop a player. This "dropped" player is now eligible to be drafted by the next club in the draft.
Prince George didn't need to drop Fordyce off their list as he would have been held in special category until next season. They must have dropped him just before the draft as they had no need for him and they couldn't find value on a trade. He was then eligible to be drafted by any team.
I wish he'd report, it'd be huge for Brandon. He's gunna be really good
Do you think there is a chance the Wheat Kings could get any of the follwing kids to report: Ryan Lindgren, Joey Anderson and Dylan Thiessen. I hear all these kids sound like very good players but are looking at the NCAA.
With Patrick, Clague and Kaspick already from the draft the Wheat Kings could be a contender for memoral cup in 3 years would that change any of the other kids minds to play in the WHL.
F Nathan McCarnanF Jordan McConnell
F Calvin Tilsley
F Kyle Uy
F Michael Regush
D Paul Georgeopoulus
D Tash Bowles
D Cameron Ginetti
D Shael Higson
These were the people I noticed immediately that were not drafted that were generally highly regarded. NCAA concerns probably caused a few and others may have dropped.
This one surpised a lot who know him from the Vipers. I also liked Ginetti's game at times as well.
It looks like not getting drafted may have worked in his favour though. A lot of these kids will get invite letters to the rookie camps, BCHL camps and even more importantly use this snubbing as a motivation to prove people wrong.
Every year you learn something about the draft, Under (16,17,18) teams and USHL and NCAA.