Cougars Pay Price of Success
Prince George, B.C.- The Prince George Cougars had a good season, and that carries a price. For the team, it means they get to select ninth overall in the first round of the 2016 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
The draft is set for tomorrow in Calgary and the Cougars haven’t been this deep in the first round since 2011 when they had the 10th pick in the first round.
Cougars Scouting Director, Bob Simmonds says it’s a bittersweet feeling “On one hand, we’re drafting later in the first round because we’re improving every season, but it also means that we have less control over how the first round unfolds. That said, we’ve done our due diligence and we are confident that we’re going to get an impact player with the ninth pick.”
Last year, the Prince George Cougars had the 8th overall selection and chose forward Jackson Leppard from the North Shore Winter Club Winterhawks. In 34 games this season with the Vancouver Northwest Giants, he scored 14 goals and added 17 assists and 32 penalty minutes. He played two games for the Cougars as an under ager in 2015-16. Other recent first round selections include: Justin Almeida (5th overall, 2014), Josh Anderson (3rd overall, 2013), Brad Morrison (7th overall, 2012) and Jansen Harkins (2nd overall, 2012).
Here is a breakdown of the Cougars scheduled picks:
Round 1 – 9th Overall
Round 2 – 31st Overall
Round 3 – 53rd Overall
Round 5 – 97th Overall
Round 6 – 125th Overall (Acquired from the Calgary Hitmen for Tyler Mrkonjic)
Round 7 – 142nd Overall (Acquired from the Regina Pats for Aaron Macklin)
Round 7 – 144th Overall (Acquired from the Prince Albert Raiders for Cal Babych)
Round 8 – 163rd Overall
Round 10 – 207th Overall