For the first time in franchise history, the Edmonton Oil Kings selected first overall in the WHL Bantam Draft, selecting forward Dylan Guenther. Guenther, 15, put up 103 points (56G, 47A) in 30 games this season with the CSSBHL’s Northern Alberta Xtreme Bantam Prep.
The Oil Kings selected a total of 10 players on Thursday at the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft in Red Deer including five forwards, four defencemen and one goaltender.
“Overall as an organization we are very pleased with how the day went,” said Oil Kings General Manager Randy Hansch. “A lot of credit goes to Jamie Novakoski (Director of Scouting) and our scouting staff as they put a lot of long hours throughout the year in many rinks across Western Canada and the United States.”
The Oil Kings also completed four trades on Thursday, acquiring 20-year-old forwards Quinn Benjafield and Vince Loschiavo in addition to three draft picks. Both veterans of the League, Loschiavo was a member of the Kootenay ICE organization for four seasons before being traded to the Moose Jaw Warriors this past season and Benjafield spent four seasons with the Kamloops Blazers.
“Today wasn’t only about building for our future but also for the present,” said Hansch. “We had the opportunity to add these two players in the 20-year-old age group so we moved forward on both deals. We feel their games and experience will certainly be a nice addition to our roster moving forward. In addition, both players are very excited for the new opportunity to come play in Edmonton. We would like to thank Kobe, Nick and Davis for their time here as Oil Kings and wish them the best of luck.”
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