T-Birds Pick Eighth In 2019 Bantam Draft

Seattle has two second round bantam picks

KENT, April 29, 2019 — The 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft takes place Thursday, May 2, in Red Deer, Alberta. The Bantam Draft starts at 7:30am Seattle time.

The T-Birds have the eighth overall pick in the first round of the draft. The T-Birds have two second round selections, their own at 29th overall, and the 42nd overall pick, acquired from the Everett Silvertips in the Zack Andrusiak trade.

Seattle does not have a third round pick this year as that pick was traded at last year’s Bantam Draft for Red Deer’s third round pick in the Draft.

Fans can follow the T-Birds selections and the Bantam Draft on the WHL website.

Kai Uchacz was the T-Birds first round selection in the 2018 Bantam Draft. Payton Mount was the T-Birds first round selection in the 2017 Bantam Draft. Jake Lee was the T-Birds first round selection in the 2016 Bantam Draft.

T-Birds Bantam Draft History

The Bantam Draft allows for the orderly transfer of players to WHL Protected Player Lists (PPL) from the bantam ranks (14-15 year-old players).

The WHL drafts bantam players from Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Players from non-North American countries are allowed to be added to rosters via the CHL Import Draft held in June.

Any player that signs a WHL Standard Player Agreement is guaranteed a WHL Scholarship for every year he plays in the WHL. A player is able to attend any career enhancing institution of his choice, including universities, colleges, technical institutes, trade schools, or any other institution which will help the player achieve his academic and career goals. For each season played in the WHL, a player receives a one year post-secondary scholarship, which includes: Tuition, Compulsory Fees and Required Textbooks.

The WHL provides the top young hockey talent in western Canada and the United States with the opportunity to develop their skills on the ice at the highest possible level, without compromising their academic goals. The WHL is committed to recognizing academic excellence.


Following is the order of selection for the first round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft:

  1. Winnipeg ICE
  2. Prince George Cougars (from Swift Current)
  3. Saskatoon Blades (from Regina)
  4. Prince George Cougars
  5. Kelowna Rockets
  6. Brandon Wheat Kings
  7. Kamloops Blazers
  8. Seattle Thunderbirds
  9. Winnipeg ICE (from Red Deer)
  10. Brandon Wheat Kings (from Victoria)
  11. Calgary Hitmen (from Tri-City)
  12. Medicine Hat Tigers
  13. Calgary Hitmen
  14. Swift Current Broncos (from Portland)
  15. Spokane Chiefs
  16. Brandon Wheat Kings (from Moose Jaw)
  17. Regina Pats (from Lethbridge Hurricanes)
  18. Edmonton Oil Kings
  19. Victoria Royals (from Saskatoon)
  20. Kamloops Blazers (from Everett)
  21. Swift Current Broncos (from Vancouver)
  22. Prince Albert Raiders


Following is the order of selection for the 2nd and all subsequent rounds of the WHL Bantam Draft:

(Please note that traded picks are not indicated)

  1. Swift Current Broncos
  2. Winnipeg ICE
  3. Regina Pats
  4. Prince George Cougars
  5. Kelowna Rockets
  6. Kamloops Blazers
  7. Seattle Thunderbirds
  8. Brandon Wheat Kings
  9. Red Deer Rebels
  10. Victoria Royals
  11. Tri-City Americans
  12. Medicine Hat Tigers
  13. Calgary Hitmen
  14. Portland Winterhawks
  15. Spokane Chiefs
  16. Moose Jaw Warriors
  17. Lethbridge Hurricanes
  18. Edmonton Oil Kings
  19. Saskatoon Blades
  20. Everett Silvertips
  21. Vancouver Giants
  22. Prince Albert Raiders
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