Macklin Celebrini from North Van ranks # 1 in the US prospectus draft, while Carson Wetsch ranks 12th among the Canadian players.
Five talented North Shore hockey players heard their names when the Western Hockey League held two potential drafts in the past two days.
Macklin Celebrini of North Vancouver, a former North Shore Winter Club player who now works for the famous Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep team in Minnesota was selected first in the U.S. Prospect Draft 2021 held on Wednesday. The striker was selected by the Seattle Thunderbirds.
The next day the Canadian prospectus draft took place, in which Carson Wetsch from North Vancouver went to the Calgary Hitmen in the first round as 12th overall. Wetsch, a right winger, is currently playing for the Burnaby Winter Club Academy’s U18 preparation team.
“He’s a generous right winger who can do anything, plays both sides of the puck, has a very good shot,” said Garry Davidson, Calgary’s director of player staff, during the live stream of the draft. âHe should be a very good addition to our top six. … We are very happy to include this player in our squad. “
Two other North Shore players went off the board in the sixth round of yesterday’s draft.
North Vancouver forward Logan Peskett, who plays for the West Van Warriors U18 preparation team, was voted 127th overall by the Kelowna Rockets.
West Vancouver’s Cohen (Coco) Armstrong heard his name shortly after and was 139th overall to the Spokane Chiefs. Armstrong, a striker, currently plays for the Shawnigan Lake School under-17 prep team.
Liam Hoff from North Vancouver was then selected in the eighth round, a total of 176th, by the Edmonton Oil Kings. The defender plays for the Vancouver Northwest Hawks U17 AAA team based on the North Shore.
The two drafts usually take place in May but have been postponed this year due to COVID-19. Players selected in the 2021 drafts will be able to play limited games as affiliate players with their WHL teams this season before being eligible to join their teams full-time for the 2022-23 season.