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Stamps Select 5 At This Years MJHL Bantam Draft

The Swan Valley Stampeders had a busy weekend, adding five new players through the 2018 MJHL Bantam Draft. The Stampeders had made a previous trade with the Dauphin Kings and did not have a selection in the 3rd round.

The Swan Valley Stampeders are very excited about the new prospects that have been added to the organization during the 2018 MJHL Bantam Draft this past weekend in Winnipeg. The Stampeders drafted five Manitoba born players and Auto-Protected two locals from the Swan River Valley.

General Manager and Head Coach Taurean White along with Head Scout Darren Webster are looking forward to having the young talent wearing Stampeders colours in the future.

The Stampeders want to welcome Cole, Matthew, Garett, Brayden, and Carter as well as their families to the Stampeder Organization.

Here is a full recap of today’s draft selections.

Round 1:

Pick #4: Cole Assailly

Position: Left Defense

Height: 5’6” Weight: 122 lbs

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

2017-18 Team: Rink H.A. Nationals

Stats: 35 Games Played, 1 Goal, 12 Assists, 13 Points.

Scouts Remarks: In the first round the Stampeders drafted defenseman Cole Assailly of Winnipeg with the 4th overall pick. He sees the ice extremely well and is a highly efficient puck mover. Cole can contribute in transition and has the capability to quarterback a power play. He has excellent awareness away from the puck and a very strong defender 1 on 1. Overall, Cole’s vision, creativity and intelligence make him a top MJHL prospect. Playing at the Rink Hockey Academy, Cole improved as the year went on and his skill set is developing into a well-rounded two-way defender. He was a reliable presence on the backend of a top tier team. Cole will continue to develop and has the potential to be a top pair defenseman down the road.

Round 2:

Pick #15: Matthew Egan

Position: Forward

Height 5’11” Weight: 160 lbs

Hometown: St. Adolph, MB

2017-18 Team: Eastman Selects

Stats: 30 Games Played, 9 Goals, 12 Assists, 21 Points

Scouts Remarks: Swan Valley’s second round pick, Matthew Egan, is a big physical forward from St Adolphe that is tough to play against. He is strong on his feet and he shows good situational awareness. Matt is a smart 200 foot players that stays engaged the entire game and never takes a shift off. He is a strong positional player that has tremendous upside. Matt’s skills were recognized be the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets and he will be attending their camp in the Fall.

 

Round 3: (Traded to Dauphin) No Selection

 

Round 4:

Pick #37: Garett Zasitko

Position: Forward

Height: 5’11” Weight: 143lbs

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

2017-18 Team: Rink H.A. Nationals

Stats: 35 Games Played, 7 Goals, 17 Assists, 24 Points

Scouts Remarks: The next pick the Stamps made was in the fourth round when they chose Garett Zasitko. Zasitko, from Winnipeg, played with Cole Assailly at the Rink Hockey Academy this past year. He is a strong skater that likes to play a physical game. He is a playmaker that sees the ice well and is quick in transition. Garret has a good shot and isn’t afraid to take puck to the net. Garett was not at Swan Valley’s Prospect Evaluation Camp in the Spring because his skillset was on display at the USHL Prospect Identification Camp. Garett has a passion for the game and will continue to improve and fine tune his game looking to make an impact in a Stamps jersey someday.

Round 5:

Pick #48: Brayden Mosset

Position: Right Defense

Height: 5’6” Weight: 130lbs

Hometown: Waskada, MB

2017-18 Team: Southwest Cougars

Stats: 35 Games Played, 6 Goals, 18 Assists, 24 Points

Scouts Remarks: In the fifth round, Swan Valley went after a second defenseman that they had high on their list drafting Brayden Mosset from the Southwest Cougars. Mosset is a mobile defender that is strong on his feet. He makes a good outlet pass and always has his head up ice looking for space in transition. He isn’t afraid to activate from the back end displaying excellent puck moving abilities. Mosset’s keen ability to analyze and attack will make him a highly productive defenseman as he develops. Southwest Cougars had a very successful year winning the rural bantam provincials and Brayden was a big part of their success.

Round 6:

Pick #59: Carter Ullett

Position: Goalie

Height: 5’10” Weight: 140lbs

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB

2017-18 Team: Winnipeg Monarchs

Stats:  14 Wins 2 Losses, 2.38 GAA, .892 SV%

Scouts Remarks: Carter Ullett, a goaltender from Winnipeg, was the final selection for the Stamps at the 2018 Draft . Carter came out to the Prospect Evaluation Camp where the feedback given from former Brandon Wheat Kings goalie Logan Thompson was overwhelmingly positive. Carter plays aggressive around his crease and he has the mental makeup to carry the load as a starting goalie at the next level. His technique is well developed and combines very well with his elite athleticism. Carter never gives up on the play and displays a battle level that you cannot teach. Bottom line is that he is a game breaker that can steal wins with tenacity and compete level alone; he is never out of the play.

Before the draft weekend, the Stampeders were able to auto-protect two local players in Trey Sauder and Zach Boychuk. Both players suited up for the Bantam AAA Parkland Rangers this season and both attended our Spring Prospect Evaluation Camp this spring.

Auto Protected Players:

Trey Sauder

Position: Forward

Height: 5’6” Weight: 128 lbs

2017-18 Team: Parkland Rangers Bantam AAA

Stats: 35 games played, 33 Points (13 Goals, 20 Assists, 32 PIMs).

Scouts Remarks: Trey Sauder is an offensively gifted scoring forward. He has good puck control and puck skills that resulted in him being a point a game player this past season. He is elusive in small areas with his strong puck protection. He is a great passer and has the ability to finish plays around the net.

Zach Boychuk

Position: Defencemen

Height: 6’0” Weight: 148lbs

2017-18 Team: Parkland Rangers Bantam AAA

Stats: 36 Games Played, 25 Points (8 Goals, 15 Assists , 20 PIMs).

Scouts Remarks: Zack Boychuk is a big mobile defender who can be an impact player in many situations. He is a great defender off the rush and is very efficient moving pucks up ice. He has good mobility that allows him to have tight gaps on defenders. Zach has high offensive upside putting up 8 goals and 17 assists this past season.

Head Scout Darren Webster said “at the end of the day, the Swan Valley Stampeders hockey staff was very pleased with the picks that they were able to make. All the players selected are excited to be part of the organization and the team is happy with the caliber of player that the program was able to attract. For these seven individuals the work to make the leap to the next level begins now. Fans will be able to see our prospects this fall at our Main Camp at the end of August.”