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2022 WHL Prospects Draft Tracker – Vancouver Giants

 

ROUND 1 – PICK #7 – CAMERON SCHMIDT 

With the seventh overall pick, the Vancouver Giants started their day by selecting 2007-born forward Cameron Schmidt (Prince George, B.C.).

CAMERON SCHMIDT AUDIO

CAMERON SCHMIDT ELITE PROSPECTS PROFILE

The 5’8” forward played last season with the Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna U15 Program. In 13 games he managed 25 goals and 16 assists for 41 points along with 38 penalty minutes. He added six goals and five assists for 11 points in five playoff games. He also appeared in four additional games with the U16 (1GP) and U18 teams (3GP), and he scored twice for each older team.

 “Cameron Schmidt is an exciting, dynamic, offensively skilled player who’s going to make fans of the Vancouver Giants really excited,” said Vancouver Giants Scouting Director Daryl Anning. “The first things you notice are his speed and his natural offensive instincts. He’s a one-shot scorer and we are thrilled to have selected him today.”

 

Cameron Schmidt was the first Vancouver Giant selected seventh overall since Jason Reese was picked seventh back in 2003. Recent previous first-round selections from the Giants include:

Colton Roberts (D – 2021)

Mazden Leslie (D – 2020)

Zack Ostapchuk (F – 2018)

Justin Sourdif (F – 2017)

Bowen Byram (D – 2016)

Trent Miner (G – 2016)

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ROUND 1 – PICK #19 – AARON OBOBAIFO

With the 19th overall selection in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft, the Vancouver Giants selected 2007-born forward Aaron Obobaifo (Calgary, AB). In order to make the selection with pick #19, the Giants completed a trade with the Saskatoon Blades which sent away pick #21 and pick #70 in Round 4.

AARON OBOBAIFO AUDIO

AARON OBOBAIFO’S ELITE PROSPECTS PROFILE

The 5’10” left-handed shooting Obobaifo appeared in 52 games with Shattuck St. Mary’s 14U AAA team. In that span, he recorded 44 goals and 47 assists for 91 points and 36 penalty minutes. He played in six games during the previous season with the Edge Hockey Academy in Calgary and posted six goals and five assists for 11 points. Aaron Obobaifo is a teammate at Shattuck St. Mary’s with Masun Fleece who the Giants selected 21st overall in yesterday’s U.S. Priority Draft.

Vancouver Giants Head Scout Terry Bonner said, “Aaron is a great two-way player. He’s a strong skater, competitive, has good hands and great finish around the net. He finished second on his team in scoring and our fans are going to notice his work ethic right away.”

Obobaifo became the second forward selected in as many picks by the Vancouver Giants. Previous Giants to have been selected 19th overall include:

Anthony Ast (2010)

Mitch Spooner (2007)

Evander Kane (2006)

ROUND 1 – PICK #22 – JAKOB ORESKOVIC

With their final selection of the first round of the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft, the Vancouver Giants  selected 2007-born Langley native Jakob Oreskovic.

JAKOB ORESKOVIC AUDIO

JAKOB ORESKOVIC’S ELITE PROSPECTS PROFILE 

The 5’11”, 146-pound left-shot forward played this season with the Delta Hockey Academy’s U15 Prep Green program. In 28 games, he recorded 19 goals and 27 assists along with 8 penalty minutes. He also suited up in five playoff games and amassed one goal and two assists.

“Jacob brings size and skill and he’s going to compliment our first two picks really well. Our scouts have watched him a lot this year, and we like his character, size and his skillset,” said General Manager Barclay Parneta moments after the selection.

Giants B.C. Scout Kelly Kursteiner adds, “Jakob works really hard. He’s a strong two-way player who plays a consistent, 200-foot game.”

Oreskovic became the third forward and the second BC-born player chosen by the Giants today. Earlier in the first round, the Giants made two previous picks:

Cameron Schmidt – #7

Aaron Obobaifo – #19

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ROUND 3 – PICK #54 – COLTON ALAIN 

With the 54th overall selecti0n in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft, the Vancouver Giants stayed in B.C. to select 2007-born defenceman Colton Alain (Victoria, B.C.).

COLTON ALAIN’S ELITE PROSPECTS PROFILE

In 30 games in 2021-2022 with the Pacific Coast Academy’s U15 Prep program, Alain, a 6’2″, 162-pound, right-handed shot, scored 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points in 30 games. He added 40 penalty minutes. Additionally Alain played in five games with the U16 team, and had one goal and one assist for two points.

“He’s a big-bodied, mobile defenceman who can be versatile on the power play,” said Scouting Director Daryl Anning. “He’s a good kid, who will grow into his body and will carry himself well on the ice in any situation.”


Alain was the first defenceman taken by the Giants and the third BC-born player.

ROUND 6 – PICK #119 – BURKE HOOD

In the sixth round (119th overall) the Vancouver Giants selected 2007-born goaltender Burke Hood (Brandon, MB).

BURKE HOOD’S ELITE PROSPECTS PROFILE

The 6’1″ left-catching Hood appeared in 14 games this season with the Rink Hockey Academy Winnipeg U15 program. He compiled a record of 9-4-1 with a 2.62 goals-against average and three shutouts. He suited up in two additional playoff games and went 1-1 with a 3.52 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.

“We had Burke pegged as the top goaltender in Manitoba,” said Giants Manitoba Scout John Poulter. “He’s got good size, is strong technically and keeps his position very well. The main thing is he’s a good kid and comes from a good family.”

 

Hood became the first goaltender and their first Manitoban-born player selected during the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft.

ROUND 7 – PICK #152 – LIAM MAGNUSON

The Vancouver Giants went back to Alberta and back to the blueline for their selection in Round 7 (152nd overall) with the selection of 2007-born defenceman Liam Magnuson (Calgary, AB).

In 30 games last season with St. George’s U15 Prep program, Magnuson (5’11”, 165-pounds) notched two goals and 11 assists for 13 points along with 34 penalty minutes. Magnuson is a right-handed shot.

Vancouver Giants Head Scout Terry Bonner said, “Liam Magnuson has good size, he moves the puck well and can play in all situations for his team. He’s competitive, competes hard and has big upside to his game.”


Magnuson was the second defenceman and the second Alberta-born player chosen by the Giants on Thursday.

ROUND 9 – PICK #180 – SIMON WARD

In the ninth round (180th overall) the Vancouver Giants went back to B.C. with the selection of 2007-born forward Simon Ward (Trail, B.C.).

Ward is 6’1″, 181-pounds and played this past season with the Burnaby Winter Club U15 Prep program. In 29 games he notched 12 goals and 21 assists for 31 points while adding 16 penalty minutes.

“Simon is a good-sized forward who can play wing or center,” said Giants Scouting Director Daryl Anning. “He is defensively responsible but can definitely contribute on the offensive side of the puck. He averaged over a point-per-game with the Burnaby Winter Club last season.”

Ward was the fourth forward and the fourth BC-born player drafted by the Giants on Thursday.

ROUND 10 – PICK #202 – MATSON WARING

In Round 10 the Vancouver Giants selected right-shot defenceman Matson Waring (North Vancouver, B.C.).

At 5’11” and 158-pounds, Matson wearing joins the Giants organization after spending the 2021-2022 season with the Burnaby Winter Club U15 Prep program. In 29 games he notched two goals and 16 assists for 18 points. He also appeared in three games with the U16 Prep Team.

“Matson Waring was one of the top defencemen on his team this season,” said Scouting Director Daryl Anning. “He’s a smart, puck-moving defenceman with good mobility and a strong first pass.”

Waring was the fifth BC-born player and the third defenceman selected by the Giants on Thursday.

ROUND 11 – PICK #224 – CADE BOLDING

It was back to Alberta in the 11th round as the Giants selected 2007-born defenceman Cade Bolding (Sherwood Park, AB). Bolding checks in at 6’1″ and 150-pounds.

In 34 games with the Sherwood Park Flyers U15 AAA program he produced six goals and 11 assists for 17 points along with 48 penalty minutes.

Scouting Director Daryl Anning said: “Cade is a right-shot defenceman with a noticeable physical presence. His game has steadily improved from the start of the season.”

Bolding was the third Alberta-born player and the fourth defenceman taken by the Giants on Thursday.

ROUND 12 – PICK #246 – MARKUS LAM

In Round 12 with pick #246, the Vancouver Giants selected 2007-born forward Markus Lamb from Burnaby, B.C. Lam is 5’10” and 170-pounds and appeared in just two games this past season with St. George’s.

“Markus would have been drafted much higher this season had he been healthy,” said Giants BC Scout Kelly Kursteiner. “He’s highly skilled, and can put up points, and we’re excited to watch him at training camp.”

Lamb was the fifth forward and fifth BC-born player drafted by the Giants on Thursday.

ROUND 13 – PICK #268 – CHLOE PRIMERANO

 With their final pick (Round 13, 268th overall) in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft, the Vancouver Giants drafted 2007-born defender Chloe Primerano. Primerano, who hails from North Vancouver, B.C. is the first female skater ever selected in a Canadian Hockey League Prospects Draft.

CHLOE PRIMERANO’S ELITE PROSPECTS PROFILE

CHLOE PRIMERANO AUDIO

 In 30 games last season with the Burnaby Winter Club’s U15 Program, Primarano notched two goals and 17 assists for 19 points. She added two assists in three playoff games.

 “Chloe’s play this season in the top U15 league in Canada made her fully deserving of this selection today,’ said Vancouver Giants General Manager, Barclay Parneta. “The Vancouver Giants are happy to recognize her strong play by drafting her to the Western Hockey League.”


Chloe Primerano was the Giants final selection in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft.

NOTES:

  • In 2002, Shannon Szabados made history when she became the first female to appear in a Western Hockey League regular season game. She took the ice on September 22nd. 2002 for the Tri-City Americans.
  • Three females have appeared in games in the Quebec Major Junior League. In March, 2022 goaltender Eve Gascon started a game for the Gatineau Olympiques. Prior to that in 1999-2001, goaltender Charline Labonte appeared in 28 games for Acadie-Bathurst. Manon Rheaume suited up for Trois-Rivieres during the 1991-1992 season.
  • In 2021 goaltender Taya Currie became the first female drafted to the Ontario Hockey League when she was selected by the Sarnia Sting in the 14th round (267th overall).
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