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    Post Notre Dame centre Rockets' first choice

    In keeping with the trend of the previous two seasons (Rourke Chartier in 2011 and Nick Merkley in 2012), the Kelowna Rockets opted for a smaller, smooth skating, skilled centre with their first choice in the 2013 WHL bantam draft.

    With the 21st choice overall, the Rockets selected Dillon Dube, from Cochrane, Alta., who played last season with the Notre Dame bantam AAA Hounds in Wilcox, Sask.

    The 5-foot-8, 155-pound Dube scored 24 goals and 50 points in 26 games with the Hounds, who played up a level in the Saskatchewan midget league.

    "I think he's a dynamic player who has great skill," said Rockets director of scouting Lorne Frey after making the selection. "He's a tremendous skater and he's going to be an exciting player to watch and that's what you want—to put people in the building with exciting players."

    "He's developed quite nicely in Notre Dame and we're quite pleased," said Frey, who is expected to draft up to 11 players today.

    With their second pick, 43rd overall, the Rockets added to its stable of young defenceman with the selection of Cal Foote from the Colorado Thunderbirds bantam program.

    The 5-foot-9, 140-pound Foote is the son of former NHL defenceman Adam Foote and has been coached by his Dad throughout his minor hockey career.

    Rockets assistant coach Dan Lambert, who played with the elder Foote in both the AHL and NHL, said Cal Foote has excellent pedigree and potential to become an elite junior defenceman.

    "He plays like a young pro, he defends well and has a great first pass," said Lambert. "You can tell his dad Adam did a great job coaching him and you can tell he's been around pro hockey his whole life."

    In the third round, the Rockets took Jordan Borstmayer, a 5-foot-11, 155-pound forward from Melfort, Sask.

    In round 4, the Rockets took Kole Lind, a forward from Shaunavon, Sask., who played last season in Swift Current.

    The Rockets had two choices in the sixth round: Ryan Hall, a 6-foot-3 goaltender from Winnipeg, and Jeffrey Stewart, a forward from Semiamhoo.

    In the eighth round, the Rockets selected defenceman Connor Bowey from Winnipeg, the younger brother of current Kelowna blue liner Madison Bowey.

    The Rockets made two choices in the ninth round: Garrett Kuklica, a defenceman from Winnipeg, and Braydyn Chizen, a 6-foot-3 defenceman from St. Albert, Alta.

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    Post 2013 WHL Bantam Draft Picks

    Pick Team Traded From Name POS Hometown DOB
    Round 1
    21 Dillon Dube F Cochrane, AB 5.08, 155lbs Jul 20/98 Notre Dame Bantam Hounds
    Round 2
    43 Cal Foote D Denver, CO 5.09, 140lbs Dec 13/98 Colorado Thunderbirds
    (son of former NHL defender Adam Foote)
    Round 3
    65 Jordan Borstmayer RW St. Brieux, SK 5.11, 156lbs Jan 09/98 Melfort Wolfpack
    Round 4
    87 Kole Lind RW Shaunavon, SK 5.10, 150lbs Oct 16/98 Swift Current Raiders
    Round 5
    109 (to Regina for Bell)
    Round 6
    112 (from Prince George with Rigby) Ryan Hall G Winnipeg, MB 6.03, 167lbs 1998-04-05 Winnipeg Monarchs
    131 Jeffrey Stewart LW Surrey, BC 6.01, 155lbs 1998-02-23 Semiahmoo Ravens
    Round 7
    153 (to Moose Jaw for Lyon)
    Round 8
    175 Connor Bowey D Winnipeg, MB 5.08, 138lbs 1998-04-27 Winnipeg Monarchs
    Round 9
    185 (from Kootenay) Garrett Kuklica D Winnipeg, MB 5.11.5, 198lbs 1998-06-11 Winnipeg Sharks
    197 Braydyn Chizen D St. Albert, AB 6.03, 155lbs 1998-05-09 Spruce Grove Saints
    Round 10
    205 (from Moose Jaw) Lucas Fraulin LW Calgary, AB 6.00, 168lbs 1998-03-16 Calgary Royals
    207 (from Kootenay) Marial Beny LW Melville, SK 5.11, 161lbs 1998-01-12 Melville Millionaires
    219 Brodan Salmond G Calgary, AB 5.10, 149lbs 1998-08-10 Calgary Edge & North

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    Post Rockets aquire Kelowna product Brennan Clark

    Kelowna Rockets President and General Manager Bruce Hamilton has announced that the Rockets made a trade at the WHL Bantam Draft.

    The Rockets acquired the rights to 17-year-old forward Brennan Clark from the Victoria Royals in exchange for a 12th round WHL bantam selection in 2014 as well as a conditional 6th round pick in 2015.

    A Kelowna native, Clark played the last two seasons with the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL. In 48 games played last season, the 6-foot, 190 pound forward had 17 goals and 7 assists.

    "What we like most about him is his good two-way play, his competitiveness, and he brings a bit of physicality," Frey said. "We don't know what he's going to do. At this point, he's playing (for West Kelowna) and has chosen the college route, but things can change sometimes. We just thought we'd take a flyer on it."
    Last edited by Malc; 05-03-2013 at 02:01 PM. Reason: Adding quote

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