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Slew of California players selected in 2018 WHL Bantam Draft



The Western Hockey League held its annual Bantam Draft on Thursday and a slew of California talent was drafted, in addition to one Nevada player.

Players eligible for the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft were 2003-born players residing in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The WHL is widely considered one of the premier junior leagues in North America. It has developed countless players for the professional ranks, including the NHL.


Third Round
Ty Murchison, D, Portland Winterhawks (Corona, Los Angeles Jr. Kings) – 63rd overall

Fifth Round
Aidan Hreschuk, D, Prince George Cougars (Long Beach, Jr. Kings) – 90th overall

Seventh Round
Matthew Gross, F, Prince Albert Raiders (Las Vegas) – 141st overall
Paul Minnehan, F, Tri-City Americans (Los Angeles, Jr. Kings) – 146th overall
Ryan Nutt, D, Kelowna Rockets (Golden State Elite Eagles) – 150th overall

Eighth Round
Christopher Alexander, F, Victoria Royals (Santa Clarita, Jr. Kings) – 168th overall
Arvega Hovsepyan, F, Kelowna Rockets (Los Angeles, Jr. Kings) – 171st overall
Benjamin Palmershiem, F, Kamloops Blazers (Palm Springs, Anaheim Jr. Ducks) – 176th overall

Ninth Round
Spencer Shugrue, D, Saskatoon Blades (Jr. Kings) – 184th overall
Owen Millward, G, Medicine Hat Tigers (Golden State Elite Eagles) – 187th overall

Tenth Round
Ross Roloson, D, Victoria Royals (Newport Beach, Jr. Ducks) – 200th overall
Noah Alvarez, F, Vancouver Giants (Torrance, Jr. Kings) – 210th overall
Parker Murray, F, Portland Winterhawks (Los Angeles, Jr. Kings) – 213th overall
Easton Armstrong, F, Regina Pats (Jr. Kings) – 214th overall
Alexander Bonrouhi, G, Tri-City Americans (Marina del Rey, Jr. Kings) – 217th overall

13th Round
Ean Somoza, F, Everett Silvertips (Los Angeles, Jr. Kings) – 284th overall

(May 4, 2018)

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