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Raiders to Pick 14th In 2021 WHL Prospects Draft

Prince Albert, SK – The Prince Albert Raiders will be selecting 14th overall in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft.

The order of selection was determined in Wednesday morning’s WHL Prospects Draft Lottery broadcasted on the Western Hockey League’s YouTube channel. This year’s WHL Prospects Draft will be conducted virtually on Thursday, December 9.

This marks the first time the Raiders have picked 14th overall in the WHL Prospects Draft since the information was recorded beginning in 1990.

In last year’s draft, the Raiders selected defenceman Terrell Goldsmith with the 15th overall pick. Goldsmith made his WHL debut in the Subway Hub Centre this season, scoring twice while playing in 14 games. He also earned the George Cowie Award as the Raiders’ Rookie of the Year Presented By Broda Construction.

For this year’s WHL Prospects Draft Lottery, teams were grouped into three Pools (A, B, and C) to determine the order of selection in the first round.

Pool A teams included WHL Division Champions from 2020-21 – the Brandon Wheat Kings, Edmonton Oil Kings, Everett Silvertips, and Kamloops Blazers.

Pool C teams included the lowest place Club from each of the B.C., Central and U.S. Divisions, and the two lowest place Clubs from the East Division for a total of five teams – the Moose Jaw Warriors, Red Deer Rebels, Swift Current Broncos, Tri-City Americans, and Victoria Royals.

Pool B teams included the Calgary Hitmen, Kelowna Rockets, Lethbridge Hurricanes, Medicine Hat Tigers, Portland Winterhawks, Prince Albert Raiders, Prince George Cougars, Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades, Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs, Vancouver Giants, and Winnipeg ICE.

Teams from Pool B and Pool C had the opportunity to obtain the first-overall selection in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft, while WHL Division Champions from Pool A had the opportunity to move up and select sixth overall. The selection process for the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft Lottery was administered by Kevin Jenkin from KPMG.

2021 WHL PROSPECTS DRAFT – FIRST ROUND ORDER OF SELECTION

  1. Spokane Chiefs
  2. Tri-City Americans
  3. Brandon Wheat Kings (from Victoria Royals)
  4. Brandon Wheat Kings (from Moose Jaw Warriors)
  5. Red Deer Rebels
  6. Swift Current Broncos
  7. Swift Current Broncos (from Portland Winterhawks)
  8. Medicine Hat Tigers
  9. Seattle Thunderbirds
  10. Regina Pats
  11. Vancouver Giants
  12. Calgary Hitmen
  13. Edmonton Oil Kings (from Kelowna Rockets)
  14. Prince Albert Raiders
  15. Prince George Cougars
  16. Moose Jaw Warriors (from Saskatoon Blades)
  17. Lethbridge Hurricanes
  18. Winnipeg ICE
  19. Edmonton Oil Kings
  20. Everett Silvertips
  21. Kamloops Blazers
  22. Brandon Wheat Kings

The order of selection for the second round and all other rounds will be the inverse order of final 2020-21 WHL Regular Season standings.

2021 WHL PROSPECTS DRAFT – SECOND ROUND (AND SUBSEQUENT ROUNDS) ORDER OF SELECTION

*traded picks are not reflected

  1. Victoria Royals
  2. Red Deer Rebels
  3. Swift Current Broncos
  4. Tri-City Americans
  5. Moose Jaw Warriors
  6. Spokane Chiefs
  7. Lethbridge Hurricanes
  8. Regina Pats
  9. Seattle Thunderbirds
  10. Prince Albert Raiders
  11. Prince George Cougars
  12. Vancouver Giants
  13. Calgary Hitmen
  14. Portland Winterhawks
  15. Medicine Hat Tigers
  16. Kelowna Rockets
  17. Saskatoon Blades
  18. Winnipeg ICE
  19. Brandon Wheat Kings
  20. Kamloops Blazers
  21. Everett Silvertips
  22. Edmonton Oil Kings

Players eligible for the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft will be 2006-born players who reside in Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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