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2019 WHL Bantam Draft lottery to be held Wednesday

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Calgary, Alta. – The WHL Bantam Draft lottery will be held Wednesday, March 20 at 11 a.m. MT at the WHL Office in Calgary to determine the order of the first six selections in the first round of the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.

The WHL Bantam Draft Lottery will involve the six non-playoff teams (Swift Current, Winnipeg, Regina, Prince George, Kamloops or Kelowna, and Brandon) from the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season. A team may only move up a maximum of two positions in the WHL Bantam Draft.

The WHL Bantam Draft lottery will use a total of 21 balls, the allotment of which is as follows:

Swift Current* Six balls (Pick previously traded to Prince George)
Winnipeg Five balls
Regina** Four balls (Pick previously traded to Saskatoon)
Prince George Three balls
TBD (Kamloops or Kelowna) Two balls
Brandon One ball

 

The allocation of odds for the lottery draw of the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft Lottery is as follows:

WHL Bantam Draft Lottery Odds (Fewest Points to Most)

Swift Current* 28.6%
Winnipeg 23.8%
Regina** 19.0%
Prince George 14.3%
TBD (Kamloops or Kelowna) 9.5%
Brandon 4.8%

*Pick previously traded to Prince George
**Pick previously traded to Saskatoon

The lottery position still to be determined will be clarified with the outcome of the 2019 WHL Tiebreaker Game, scheduled for tonight – Tuesday, March 19 (7 p.m. PT) – between the Kelowna Rockets and Kamloops Blazers. The winner of the 2019 WHL Tiebreaker Game will advance to face the Victoria Royals in the first round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs. The team that does not advance to the 2019 WHL Playoffs will receive two balls in the WHL Bantam Draft lottery.

The WHL Bantam Draft lottery will be streamed live on WHL.ca, Facebook and YouTube Live commencing at 11 a.m. MT.

The selection process for the WHL Bantam Draft lottery will be performed by Tori Gabura from KPMG. The 2019 WHL Bantam Draft will be held in Red Deer, Alta., on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

The order of the second round and all other rounds of the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft will be determined by the inverse order of final 2018-19 WHL Regular Season standings.

Players eligible for the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft will be 2004-born players who reside in Alberta, B.C., 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.

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