Highly reputable independent bantam scouting service, Western Elite Hockey Prospects, released their annual draft grades following the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft last Thursday. For the 3rd year in a row, the Saskatoon Blades draft was given an ‘A’ rating, quoted as having “one of the best”.
You can read the entire writeup on Saskatoon’s draft below:
Draft Grade – A
The Saskatoon Blades had a tremendous draft and one of the best in our opinion. They anchored their draft by taking who many feel to be the top player in the age group with Kirby Dach. Dach smashed Tyler Benson’s underage rookie scoring record in the AMBHL last year with 100 points and moved on to Midget AAA this year where he amassed over a PPG and got better and better throughout the year. They then selected a goalie in the 2nd round in the hopes of finally having a franchise type reliable tender in Nolan Meier. This is a position that has somewhat been a revolving door in recent seasons. The Blades took several USA born kids and hopes are they will be able to land their 6th rounder Nik Norman who was and has been one of the top players from the state of Minnesota in recent years. Zachary Ashton was their first defenceman taken and should provide the team with a power-play type defenceman for years to come. Ashton was a playing who improved as the season wore on. Strong draft with later darkhorses such as Joey Moffatt who led the Winnipeg AAA league in scoring and Logan Doust from NSWC.
Favorite Pick: Kirby Dach – How can you argue with this? High end, potential WHL scoring leader one day. Smart beyond his years.
Darkhorse Pick: Nik Norman – Played with powerhouse Shattuck St. Mary’s. Finished 3rd on the top bantam team in the nation in scoring with 30-42-72 to go with 66 PIMS. First round potential player if he committed.
For Western Elite Hockey Prospects’ complete Team Draft Analysis click here.