Saturday, June 27, 2009
5 BCHLers GET CALL FROM NHL DRAFT
Rounds 2-7 of the NHL draft were completed today in Montreal, and 5 BCHL players had their names called.
Kyle Bigos who helped lead the Vernon Vipers to the RBC Cup Championship was enough for the Edmonton Oilers to select him in the 4th round 99th overall.
That was followed by the Oilers Alberta rivals the Calgary Flames selecting Surrey Eagle and former Express Spencer Bennett in the 5th round 141st overall. Bennett tallied 20 goals and 41 points last season. He will be spend another season in Surrey before beginning his college career with the University of Alaska Anchorage in the fall of 2010.
Up next was Penticton's Curtis Mckenzie who was picked by the Dallas Stars in the 6th round 159th overall. Mckenzie's committed to the University of Miami-Ohio for next season. He joins former Victoria Grizzlie Jamie Benn as BCHL products in the Stars system.
The Nashville Predators continued their plucking of prospects from the BCHL tree next when they selected Westside Warriors forward Cam Reid in the 7th round 192nd overall. Other BCHL alum in the Preds system includes Mike and Mark Santorelli, Mark Dekanich and Taylor Stefishen.
Rounding out the BCHL selections in the NHL draft is Cowichan Valley defenceman Curtis Kedig. He was selected by the New Jersey Devils 204th overall in the 7th round. Kedig is the 2nd BCHL blueline product in New Jersey's system. They had previously selected Tyler Eckford out of Surrey in 2004.
Congratulations to all 5 players on their selections today in the NHL draft.