Rockets obtain 8 prospects in bantam draft
The Kelowna Rockets made waves at the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft in Red Deer as the team not only loaded up with eight prospects but made three trades.
The Rockets made their first bantam pick of the day during the second round selecting forward Nolan Flamand from the Saskatoon Blazers with the 27th pick. The Saskatoon, SK product had 27 points (5G, 22A) in 41 games with his midget team this season.
Kelowna used their second pick of the day to draft forward Jayden Joly from the Fort. Saskatchewan Rangers Bntm AAA team 71st overall. The forward put up 53 points (22G, 31A) over 30 regular season games.
The Rockets then made their third trade of the day acquiring the Wheat Kings 2019 6th (118th), 7th (140th) and 8th (162nd) in exchange for the Rockets 5th round pick at the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.
With the 110th selection, the Rockets picked 6'0, 175-pound defenceman John Babcock from the North Vancouver Storm Bant A1.
The Rockets made two picks in the sixth round. They drafted towering goaltender Jari Kykkanen from the Lloydminster Bobcats, he stands at 6'2, with the 115th pick. In 18 games with the Bobcats, he was 12-3 and had a 2.74 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.
Three picks later they then selected Maxwell Sanford from the North Central Zone Bobcats BAA. He had 27 points (13G,14A) in 17 regular season games.
Edge School defenceman Jackson Smith was Kelowna's 140th pick. In 26 games with the Bantam Prep team, the Calgary, AB product had 8 points (1G,7A).
The Rockets added a centre in the 8th round drafting Daimon Gardner from Rink H.A. Nationals Prep Team. The Winnipeg, MB product had 27 points (10G, 17A) in 29 games this past season.
With their final pick of the day, Kelowna went with a local player, drafting forward Rilen Kovacevic from the Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Prep team. He registered 34 points in 30 games (12G, 22A) this past season.