Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today the East Division Prospect Profile for April, featuring forward Logan Stankoven of the Kamloops Blazers, forward Trevor Wong of the Kelowna Rockets, forward Craig Armstrong of the Prince George Cougars, forward Zack Ostapchuk of the Vancouver Giants and defenceman Nolan Bentham of the Victoria Royals.
During the months of January through April, each of the WHL’s 22-member Club up-and-coming prospects will be profiled. Each month, one WHL Division will have its prospects celebrated in the highlight portion of the prospect profile, with additional players from the remaining divisions recognized in the supplementary section of the profile.
Kamloops Blazers: Logan Stankoven
Logan Stankoven, the fifth overall selection from the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft has already proven he will be a key player in the Kamloops Blazers’ future. After playing seven games with the Blazers in the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season and recording one assist, Kamloops’ coaching staff and fans were confident that the 5-foot-7, 165-pound centreman will be a fire-starter for future success.
Not only did he stand out in the WHL, but Stankoven set records in the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League (BCMMHL), surpassing the previous record of 44 goals. Finishing the regular season with 103 points (49G-54A), Stankoven finished just five points shy of the all-time BCMMHL points record of 108.
Stankoven also competed for Team B.C. at the Canada Winter Games and tallied 13 points (6G-7A) in seven games.
Kelowna Rockets: Trevor Wong
Trevor Wong, the 18th overall selection in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, played for the BCMMHL’s Greater Vancouver Canadians and finished the season with 42 points (12G-30A). The sharpshooter debuted in four WHL games this season with the Kelowna Rockets and recorded his first career WHL goal on Saturday, February 2 against the Kamloops Blazers.
The 5-foot-8, 154-pound centreman also competed in Canada Winter Games for Team B.C. and recorded 10 points (3G-7A) in seven games.
Prince George Cougars: Craig Armstrong
Craig Armstrong was the 9th overall selection in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft and has given the Prince George Cougars a glimpse of the future in his five games played with the team. While the 5-foot-seven, 165-pound centreman didn’t record any points while playing with the Cougars, his speed and skills didn’t go unnoticed in games.
When he wasn’t playing with the Cougars, Armstrong played in the Canadian Sports School Hockey League (CSSHL) with the Edge School for Athletes Midget Prep team where he recorded 28 points (12G-16A).
Like many other prospects featured in this series, Armstrong was a present figure at the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Playing for Team Alberta, Armstrong finished with seven points (5G-2A) in six games.
Vancouver Giants: Zack Ostapchuk
Zack Ostapchuk is another stand-out forward that WHL and Vancouver Giants fans will appreciate in the coming years. The 12th overall selection in the 2018 Bantam Draft registered six games this season with the Giants and fit in well with the speed and size of the game.
In between his time with the Giants, Ostapchuk played for the CSSHL’s Northern Alberta X-Treme Prep team and recorded 28 points (13G-15A). The 6-foot-2, 174-pound left-wing also finished with six points (3G-3A) in six games for Team Alberta at the Canada Winter Games.
Victoria Royals: Nolan Bentham
As the 13th overall selection by the Victoria Royals in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft and only defenceman drafted to the B.C. Division, Nolan Bentham looks to be a solid blueliner for the Victoria Royals.
The Victoria-native put on an impressive performance at training camp as well as during his regular season play with the CSSHL’s Yale Hockey Academy Prep team. Recording 18 points (7G-11A), the 6-foot-2, 185-pound defenceman led his team in defensive scoring this year.
Also, a member of Team B.C. for the Canada Winter Games, Bentham notched four assists in seven games.
Additional Prospect Profiles:
Brandon Wheat Kings:
F Nolan Ritchie: WHL – BDN (2017) Round 3: (#56): Plays for the Manitoba Midget Hockey League’s (MMHL) Brandon Midget AAA Wheat Kings and finished the regular season with 94 points (39G-55A), leading all MMHL skaters. Ritchie has also registered four games with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings this season and recorded one assist.
G Marek Pocherewny: WHL – CGY (2018) Round 3: (#47): Plays for the Calgary Minor Midget AAA Buffaloes in the Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League (AMMHL) and finished the regular season with a 3.22 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage in 21 games.
Edmonton Oil Kings:
F Sebastian Cossa: WHL – EDM (2017) Round 2: (#36): Plays for the Fort Saskatchewan Midget AAA Rangers in the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) and finished the regular season with a 3.01 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in 13 games. Cossa also competed in the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge for Team Canada White and finished the tournament with a 3.03 GAA and .895 SV% in two games.
F Carter Halamandaris: WHL – EVT (2018) Round 4: (#86): Plays for the Winnipeg Midget AAA Wild in the MMHL and finished the regular season with 19 points (11G-8A).
D Jonah Regier: WHL – LET (2017) Round 2: (#38): Plays for the Moose Jaw Midget AAA Generals in the Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League (SMHL) and finished the regular season with 11 points (1G-10A).
Medicine Hat Tigers:
D Rhett Parsons: WHL – MH (2018) Round 5: (#99): Plays for the Edge School Elite 15s team of the CSSHL and finished the regular season with 28 points (8G-20A).
Moose Jaw Warriors:
D Cole Jordan: WHL – Listed: Plays for the Brandon Midget AAA Wheat Kings of the MMHL and finished the regular season with 44 points (12G-32A).
D Ty Murchison: WHL – POR (2018) Round 3: (#63): Plays for the Los Angeles Under-16 Jr. Kings of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL) and finished the regular season with eight points (3G-5A).
Prince Albert Raiders:
D Dean Spak: WHL – PA (2018) Round 3 (#53): Plays for the Calgary Midget AAA Northstars of the AMHL and finished the regular season with 14 points (5G-9A).
Red Deer Rebels:
F Jordan Borysiuk: WHL – RD (2017) Round 3 (#63): Plays for the Lloydminster AAA Bobcats team in the AMHL and finished the regular season with 19 points (13G-6A). Borysiuk also played one game with the Rebels this season and recorded one goal.
G Jackson Dylla: WHL – REG (2017) Round 6 (#132): Plays for the Rocky Mountain U-16 Roughriders in the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) and finished the regular season with a 2.14 GAA and .914 SV% in 10 games.
F Braden Plaschewsky: WHL – SAS (2017) Round 2 (#31): Plays for the Calgary Midget AAA Buffaloes in the AMHL and finished the regular season with 16 points (6G-10A). Plaschewsky and the Buffaloes also competed in the Telus Cup and X. Plaschewsky also played one game with the Blades this season.
D Luke Bateman: WHL – SEA (2017) Round 4 (#85): Plays for the Thompson Midget AAA Blazers in the BCMML and finished the regular season with 20 points (9G-11A). Bateman also recorded four games with the Thunderbirds this season.
F Blake Swetlikoff: WHL – SPO (2018) Round 3 (#61): Plays for the Regina Pat Midget AAA Canadians in the SMHL and finished the regular season with 29 points (10G-19A).
Swift Current Broncos:
F Coalson Wolford: WHL – SC Listed: Plays for the Notre Dame Midget AAA Hounds of the SMHL and finished the regular season with 59 points (24G-35A).
D Ian Ferguson: WHL – Listed: Plays for Dallas U-16 Stars in the T1EHL and finished the regular season with six points (3G-3A).
F James Form WHL – VAN (2017) Round 3 (#45): Plays for the Saskatoon Midget AAA Blazers in the SMHL and finished the regular season with 27 points (13G-14A). Form also recorded eight games with the ICE this season.