Prince Albert, SK – The Prince Albert Raiders are proud to announce the winners of the Best Defensive Forward Presented By CTV are Reece Vitelli and Brayden Watts.
Both Vitelli and Watts joined the Raiders via trade early in the season. Watts was acquired by the Raiders from the Vancouver Giants, while Vitelli joined the club after a trade with the Everett Silvertips.
After joining the team, both players showed a commitment to a 200-ft game and were key contributors to the penalty kill as Vitelli and Watts each struck shorthanded.
Vitelli, a fourth-round pick of the Silvertips in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, scored eight goals and added 12 assists in 55 games with the Raiders. The Winnipeg, MB product also won 53 per cent of his faceoffs.
Watts, picked in the third round of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft by the Moose Jaw Warriors, picked up 29 goals and 32 assists in 61 games. Hailing from Bakersfield, CA, he also posted a career best plus-30 rating.
Last Five Winners of the Best Defensive Forward
- 2018-19: Sean Montgomery
- 2017-18: Sean Montgomery
- 2016-17: Cavin Leth
- 2015-16: Jordan Tkatch
- 2014-15: Jordan Tkatch