WHL Draft 2022: Prospects, Rankings, Predictions, Results, Live Stream

The WHL Bantam Draft 2022 is an annual outing, in which the teams of the Western Hockey League select players who have graduated from bantam.

The draft’s order of selection depends on where the team finishes in the league standings.

The teams that miss the playoffs are placed into a lottery for the 1st round only.

WHL Draft 2022: Prospects, Rankings, Predictions, Results, Live Stream



The 2022 Western Hockey League Prospects Draft was held virtually on Thursday and the Prince George Cougars drafted 10 players in eight rounds.

Prince George selected five forwards, four defensemen and one goalkeeper with his 10 picks.

Players eligible for the 2022 WHL Prospect Draft are those born in 2007 and eligible to play in the WHL full-time beginning in the 2023–24 season.


2022 WHL Bantam Draft
Overall# Team Player
#1 Medicine Hat Tigers Gavin McKenna (F)
#2 Tri-City Americans Jackson Smith (D)
#3 Victoria Royals Cole Reschny (F)
#4 Calgary Hitmen Reese Hamilton (D)

Two Abbotsford talent and a total of 10 players from the Yale Hockey Academy in Abbotsford were selected in the Western Hockey League Prospect Draft, which took place on Thursday (May 19).

Jordan Martin of Abbotsford was the highest-chosen Abbotsford product, as the defenseman was ranked 41st overall by the Saskatoon Blades, in the second round.


WHL Draft 2022: Prospects, Rankings, Predictions, Results, Live Stream

As part of WHL.ca’s coverage of the event, we’re drawing attention to some of the more exciting possibilities related to each of the four Western Canadian branches.

The consensus number-one pick in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft is from Whitehorse, Yukon, which falls under the jurisdiction of BC Hockey.

Forward Gavin McKenna was the only player eligible for this year’s WHL Prospect Draft to play U18 hockey in 2021–22, leading the CSSHL for Rink Kelowna with 23 goals and 65 points in 35 games played.

The WHL, along with the Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League comprise the Canadian Hockey League. Rules are in place to ensure that a player may be selected by only one league.


#1 – Medicine Hat Tigers
Name: Gavin McKenna                  Position: Forward             Hometown: Whitehorse, Yukon
Team: Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna U18 Prep                Stats: 35 GP – 23G-42A–65 points

#2 – Tri-City Americans
Name: Jackson Smith                   Position: Defence            Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
Team: Edge School U15 Prep                                                  Stats: 29 GP – 15G-23A–35 points

#3 – Victoria Royals
Name: Cole Reschny                     Position: Forward              Hometown: Macklin, Sask.
Team: Northern Alberta Xtreme U15 Prep                              Stats:251 GP – 40G-52A–92 points

#4 – Calgary Hitmen
Name: Reese Hamilton                 Position: Defence              Hometown: Whitewood, Sask.
Team: Northern Alberta Xtreme U15 Prep                              Stats: 27 GP – 12G-42A–54 points

#5 – Regina Pats
Name: Cole Temple                       Position: Forward             Hometown: Brandon, Man.
Team: Brandon Wheat Kings U15                                           Stats: 28 GP – 58G-50A–108 points

#6 – Swift Current Broncos
Name: Peyton Kettles                   Position: Defence              Hometown: Winnipeg, Man.
Team: Rink Hockey Academy Winnipeg U15 Prep                Stats: 30 GP – 9G-26A–35 points

#7 – Vancouver Giants
Name: Cameron Schmidt            Position: Forward             Hometown: Prince George, B.C.
Team: Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna U15                         Stats: 13 GP – 25G-16A–41 points

#8 – Spokane Chiefs
Name: Chase Harrington             Position: Forward             Hometown: Langley, B.C.
Team: Delta Hockey Academy U15 Prep                               Stats: 29 GP – 32G-18A–50 points

#9 – Prince George Cougars
Name: Lee Shurgot                        Position: Forward             Hometown: Saskatoon, Sask.
Team: Saskatoon Generals U15                                              Stats: 31 GP – 57G-43A–100 points

#10 – Seattle Thunderbirds
Name: Braeden Cootes                 Position: Forward             Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alta.
Team: Yale Hockey Academy U15                                          Stats: 30 GP – 29G-38A–67 points

#11 – Lethbridge Hurricanes
Name: William Sharpe                   Position: Defence             Hometown: Delta, B.C.
Team: Yale Hockey Academy U15 Prep                                 Stats: 21 GP – 19G-23A–42 points

#12 – Brandon Wheat Kings
Name: Joby Baumuller                  Position: Forward             Hometown: Wilcox, Sask.
Team: Notre Dame Hounds U15 Prep                                     Stats: 20 GP – 15G-11A–26 points

#13 – Kamloops Blazers
Name: Nathan Behm                      Position: Forward             Hometown: Calgary, Alta.
Team: Edge School U15 Prep                                                   Stats: 29 GP – 28G-29A–57 points

#14 – Moose Jaw Warriors
Name: Connor Schmidt                  Position: Defence            Hometown: Sturgeon County, Alta.
Team: Okanagan Hockey Academy U15 Prep                       Stats: 30 GP – 12G-20A–32 points

#15 – Prince Albert Raiders
Name: Luke Moroz                          Position: Forward            Hometown: Regina, Sask.
Team: Prairie Storm U15                                                           Stats: 27 GP – 47G-61A–108 points

Live Stream:

Live coverage of the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft will be live-streamed FREE via WHL Live on CHL TV. No subscription is necessary. The 2022 WHL Prospects Draft Pre-Show begins with co-hosts Chris Wahl and Taylor Rocca at 8:30 a.m. PDT, with live draft coverage beginning at 9 a.m. PDT.

Everett, by virtue of finishing with the third-best overall record in the 2021-22 regular season, will select 20th overall in the first round.

The Silvertips will also have picks in Round 4 (86th overall), Round 5 (108th), Round 6 (124th, via Moose Jaw completing a 2018 trade for Luke Ormsby), Round 10 (218th), Round 11 (240th), Round 12 (262nd), Round 13 (284th), Round 14 (306th) and Round 15 (328th).

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