Mesa’s McBean Selected At 2013 WHL Bantam Draft

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My Days As A WHL Scout And The Bantam Draft: 

As a scout in the WHL for 15 years, the annual Bantam Draft is as exciting for the scouts as it is for the bantam age hockey players.  It is the culmination of a whole winter of countless cups of coffee or hot chocolate in rinks all across this province.  In my case, the quest for that hidden gem also took me into parts of North Dakota and Minnesota.  

Calgary Hosted The 2013 WHL Bantam Draft

Calgary Hosted The 2013 WHL Bantam Draft

Western Hockey League Bantam Draft

Once again, this year the WHL Bantam Draft was held in Calgary, AB.  This is also the home of the WHL Head Office.  The WHL Bantam Draft is held each year in late April or early May, at which time WHL Clubs select players who have graduated from the Bantam age (14 year olds) category.  The Draft is conducted the same way the NHL does there yearly draft but with far less fanfare.  The draft order is determined by where a WHL Club finishes in the WHL Regular Season standings.  The Clubs that miss the playoffs are placed into a lottery to determine the selection order for the first round only.  After the first round, the Clubs select in order from the fewest to most regular season points.


Understanding The Draft And The 50 Man Player Protected List

The WHL Bantam Draft may be the first opportunity for teams to select  Bantam age players but it is not the last chance for a player to be listed or recruited.  After the draft is completed, all remaining Bantam age players become eligible to be listed by WHL Clubs and many will be added as spots become available on a WHL  50 man PPL.  The PPL  is the PLAYER PROTECTED LIST and every WHL  team can protect 50 players which includes their current roster players.  These 50 spots are very valuable and must be used wisely.


What are the WHL’s Boundaries?

During the WHL Draft, players from the four Western Provinces 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 are eligible to be selected.  For the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, graduating Bantam age players born in 1998 were eligible to be selected.


The First Overall Pick

The highlight from this years bantam draft was Tyler Benson (Edmonton) being drafted first overall by the Vancouver Giants.  Then shortly afterwards, two Manitoban’s were selected in the top five picks; Nolan Patrick 4th by the Brandon Wheat Kings and Brett Howden 5th by the Moose Jaw Warriors.

For A Complete Round By Round List click here >>>>  2013 WHL Bantam Draft 

Arizona Players Drafted:

Quaid McBean

Drafted by: Calgary Hitmen

Drafted: Round 7 #150 overall

Quaid McBean is the son of former WHLer and NHLer Wayne McBean.

Team:  Phoenix Jr. Coyotes U16

DOB: Apr. 4, 1998     Hometown:  Mesa, AZ

Height:  6’3     Weight;  185 lbs.

Position: Defence     Shoots: Left

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