Oil Kings to select third overall in 2020 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft

The Western Hockey League announced on Thursday the Edmonton Oil Kings will select third overall in the 2020 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft after a lottery process previously held at the WHL office in Calgary, AB.

The inaugural WHL U.S. Prospects Draft is scheduled to be held Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00 PM MT from the WHL office. It will follow the inaugural WHL U.S. Challenge Cup presented by NHL Seattle and Visit Kent, which is set for February 20-23 in Seattle, WA. The WHL U.S. Challenge Cup will bring many of the top-rated U.S.-born players from seven teams to the Pacific Northwest to compete against five of the top-rated Bantam teams from the province of British Columbia.

The 2020 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft will consist of two rounds (44 selections), with each WHL Club allotted two draft choices.

All 22 WHL Clubs had equal opportunity to obtain the first-overall selection. The Club designated to select first overall in the first round will then select last in the second round (44th overall). The Club designated to select second overall in the first round will then select second-last in the second round (43rd overall). This pattern of selection repeats until all 22 WHL Clubs have had the opportunity to make two choices. Thus, the Oil Kings hold the 3rd and 42nd overall selections.

Players eligible for the 2020 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft will be 2005-born players who reside in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Players not selected in the 2020 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft will remain eligible to be selected in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft on Thursday, May 7 in Red Deer, AB, or listed by a WHL Club at any time thereafter.


2020 WHL U.S. Prospects Draft – Order of Selection

First Round Second Round
1. Red Deer Rebels 23. Saskatoon Blades
2. Tri-City Americans 24. Victoria Royals
3. Edmonton Oil Kings 25. Moose Jaw Warriors
4. Everett Silvertips 26. Prince George Cougars
5. Prince Albert Raiders 27. Regina Pats
6. Winnipeg ICE 28. Brandon Wheat Kings
7. Vancouver Giants 29. Portland Winterhawks
8. Seattle Thunderbirds 30. Kelowna Rockets
9. Swift Current Broncos 31. Kamloops Blazers
10. Lethbridge Hurricanes 32. Spokane Chiefs
11. Calgary Hitmen 33. Medicine Hat Tigers
12. Medicine Hat Tigers 34. Calgary Hitmen
13. Spokane Chiefs 35. Lethbridge Hurricanes
14. Kamloops Blazers 36. Swift Current Broncos
15. Kelowna Rockets 37. Seattle Thunderbirds
16. Portland Winterhawks 38. Vancouver Giants
17. Brandon Wheat Kings 39. Winnipeg ICE
18. Regina Pats 40. Prince Albert Raiders
19. Prince George Cougars 41. Everett Silvertips
20. Moose Jaw Warriors 42. Edmonton Oil Kings
21. Victoria Royals 43. Tri-City Americans
22. Saskatoon Blades 44. Red Deer Rebels


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