Giants Select 11 Players in 2016 Bantam Draft

The Vancouver Giants selected 11 players in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft on Thursday. See below for a breakdown of all the new prospects along with scouting reports from Giants Director of Player Personnel Jason Ripplinger.


1st round (3rd overall) – Bowen Byram (D) Lethbridge Golden Hawks Bantam AAA

“We’re very excited to add Bowen to our club as he was the number one player on our list. He’s a dynamic player with great offensive instincts. He also plays a good defensive game and is a very smart player overall.”


1st round (20th overall) – Trent Miner (G) Brandon Wheat Kings Bantam AAA

“We felt he was the best goalie in the draft. He’s a big goalie who covers a lot of the net. He’s very competitive with good rebound control.”

2nd round (31st overall) – Harrison Blaisdell (LW) Yale Hockey Academy Bantam Prep

“He’s a highly skilled forward and a great scorer as well as a smart player with lots of speed. He competes hard.”


2nd round (36th overall) – Lukas Svejkovsky (F) Delta Hockey Academy Bantam Prep

“Lukas is a smart and skilled forward. He skates well, has played in every situation and comes from a great program.”


6th round (113th overall) – Aidan Barfoot (F) Delta Hockey Academy Bantam Prep

“Aidan is a hard player to play against. He’s a physical presence who takes pucks to the net.”


6th round (115th overall) – Max Bulawka (F) Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Prep

“Max is an honest player with good skill who keeps his feet moving. He’s a character player.”


7th round (134th overall) – Parker Hendren (F) Regina Monarchs Bantam AA

“Parker is a big, stay-at-home defenseman.”


7th round (142nd overall) – Evan Patrician (F) Calgary Flames Bantam AAA

“Evan is a hard player to play against and a character guy.”


8th round (156th overall) – Lukas Konashuk (F) Okanagan Hockey Academy Bantam Prep

“Lukas is a big power forward who skates well and plays a physical game.”


9th round (178th overall) – Kade Olsen (D) Saskatoon Outlaws Bantam AA

“Kade is a skilled defenseman.”


10th round (200th overall) – Parker Johnson (F) Yellowhead Chiefs Bantam AAA

“Parker has good work ethic and understands the game.”


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