Vancouver/Langley – For the first time in franchise history, the Vancouver Giants are scheduled to make the 11th overall pick in Round 1 of the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft. The G-Men will then have the 12th pick in all additional rounds. The 2021 WHL Prospects Draft lottery results were announced earlier this morning from the WHL head office in Calgary.
Recent first-round draft picks from the Giants include:
Mazden Leslie – 2020 (10th Overall)
Zack Ostapchuk – 2018 (12th Overall)
Justin Sourdif – 2017 (3rd Overall)
Bowen Byram – 2016 (3rd Overall)
Trent Miner – 2016 (20th Overall)
Per the WHL’s announcement today: The Spokane Chiefs will select first overall in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft following the completion of the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft Lottery.
The 2021 WHL Prospects Draft is scheduled for Thursday, December 9, 2021.
All 22 WHL Clubs participated in the four-phase lottery, unique for the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft. The lottery proceedings determined the order of selection for the first round of the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft, with inverse order of standing from the 2020-21 WHL Regular Season determining the order of selection for the second round and all subsequent rounds.
2021 WHL PROSPECTS DRAFT – FIRST ROUND ORDER OF SELECTION
- Spokane Chiefs
- Tri-City Americans
- Brandon Wheat Kings (from Victoria Royals)
- Brandon Wheat Kings (from Moose Jaw Warriors)
- Red Deer Rebels
- Swift Current Broncos
- Swift Current Broncos (from Portland Winterhawks)
- Medicine Hat Tigers
- Seattle Thunderbirds
- Regina Pats
- Vancouver Giants
- Calgary Hitmen
- Edmonton Oil Kings (from Kelowna Rockets)
- Prince Albert Raiders
- Prince George Cougars
- Moose Jaw Warriors (from Saskatoon Blades)
- Lethbridge Hurricanes
- Winnipeg ICE
- Edmonton Oil Kings
- Everett Silvertips
- Kamloops Blazers
- Brandon Wheat Kings
Teams from Pool B and Pool C had the opportunity to obtain the first-overall selection in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft, while WHL Division Champions from Pool A had the opportunity to move up and select sixth overall. The selection process for the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft Lottery was administered by Kevin Jenkin from KPMG.
Pool A teams included WHL Division Champions from 2020-21 – the Brandon Wheat Kings, Edmonton Oil Kings, Everett Silvertips, and Kamloops Blazers.
Pool C teams included the lowest place Club from each of the B.C., Central and U.S. Divisions, and the two lowest place Clubs from the East Division for a total of five teams – the Moose Jaw Warriors, Red Deer Rebels, Swift Current Broncos, Tri-City Americans, and Victoria Royals.
Pool B teams included the Calgary Hitmen, Kelowna Rockets, Lethbridge Hurricanes, Medicine Hat Tigers, Portland Winterhawks, Prince Albert Raiders, Prince George Cougars, Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades, Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs, Vancouver Giants, and Winnipeg ICE.
The order of selection for the second round and all other rounds will be the inverse order of final 2020-21 WHL Regular Season standings.