Oremba, from Regina, Saskatchewan, played for the Regina Monarchs Bantam AA team last year and had 75 goals and 58 assists for 133 points in 31 games.
“Sam’s skating, playmaking, and scoring abilities are elite”, said T-Birds Director of Player Personnel Cal Filson. “Sam is most dangerous off the rush. He can fire the puck, blow by the defenseman or look for a teammate.”
In the second round with the 29th overall pick the team selected right wing Brayden Dube from Roblin, Manitoba.
Last season Dube played for the Parkland Rangers Bantam 1AAA team and had 74 goals and 56 assists for 130 points in 36 games.
“Brayden is a perfect combination of speed, skill, grit, and determination,” said Filson. “He will shoot, deke, drive the net for rebounds and do whatever it takes to score.”
After the selection of Dube the T-Birds made a trade to acquire the Regina Pats second round pick in the draft, 43rd overall, a fourth round pick in 2022, and a conditional second round pick in 2024 for goalie Roddy Ross and an eighth round pick in 2020.
With the second round pick acquired from Regina the T-Birds selected goalie Scott Ratzlaff from the Lloydminster Bobcats BAAA team.
Last year Ratzlaff had nine wins and five losses with two shutouts, a 2.41 goals against average and a .899 save percentage.
“Scott is a very good technical goalie,” said Filson. “He battles hard, he has great lateral movement, great rebound control and he gobbles up rebounds.”
“We want to thank Roddy for everything he has done for us,” said general manager Bil La Forge. “We have the goaltending depth to make this trade and it allowed us to draft a quality goalie like Scott Ratzlaff. We wish Roddy all the best in Regina as he will be playing closer to home. ”
In the third round the T-Birds selected defenseman Sawyer Mynio with the 63rd overall selection.
Mynio, from Kamloops, British Columbia, played for the Yale Hockey Academy Bantam Prep team last year and had four goals and 19 assists for 23 points in 23 games.
“Luke is very quick, smart and good positional goalie that moves very well,” said Filson.
Overall the T-Birds selected seven forwards, four defenseman and two goalies.
Former T-Birds selected in the Bantam Draft that played at least one game in the NHL during the 2019-20 season include: Patrick Marleau, Mathew Barzal, Ethan Bear, Keegan Kolesar, Shea Theodore, and Calvin Pickard.
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Players from non-North American countries are allowed to be added to rosters via the CHL Import Draft held in June.
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