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Rockets make 11 selections in 2020 WHL Draft, take Andrew Cristall eighth overall

Garrett James-CSSHL

The Kelowna Rockets selected a total of 11 players in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft that took place online today, including one goaltender, four defencemen and six forwards.

Lorne Frey, the Rockets assistant general manager and director of player personnel, says that the Rockets brass is happy with the crop of players they were able to draft today.

“We picked guys who are skilled that can skate and compete. It was a deep draft, hopefully, the players that we took take strides and improve over the next couple of years. That’s what you’re in this for, to see which players down the road improve and get better, in saying that they are good prospects at this time who are going to grow and develop.”

The Rockets, with their first selection eighth overall, selected left-wing Andrew Cristall from St. George’s School (CSSBHL).

Cristall, 15, spent last season with St. George’s School Bantam Prep, recording 80 points  (43G, 37A) and 47 penalty minutes in 27 games. He added another seven points (4G, 3A) and two penalty minutes in two playoff games.

Frey says that Cristall is a high-end player that will make the forwards around him better.

“We think Andrew is a very good hockey player, he’s highly skilled with a tremendous hockey IQ,” said Frey. “He controls the game and sets the tempo of it, he makes players better around him.”

Back in 2018, the Rockets selected centre Trevor Wong 18th overall from St. George’s back in 2018.

Today marked Frey’s final day in his position with the Rockets, it was announced yesterday that he would be stepping down to take an advisor role with the team.

Round 1, pick 8  
PLAYER: Andrew Cristall
POSITION: LW
HEIGHT: 5’6
WEIGHT: 132
BIRTHDATE: February 4, 2005
HOMETOWN: Burnaby, BC

Season Team GP  G    PTS PIM
2018-19 St. George’s School Btm Prep (CSSBHL) 30 25 27 52 16
2019-20 St. George’s School Btm Prep (CSSBHL) 27 43 37 80 47
2019-20 St. George’s School Elite 15s (CSSHL E15) 1 1 0 1 0

Round 2, pick 30  
PLAYER: Caden Price
POSITION: D
HEIGHT: 5’11
WEIGHT: 156
BIRTHDATE: 2005
HOMETOWN: Saskatoon, SK

Season Team GP  G    PTS PIM
2018-19 Saskatoon Maniacs Bantam AA (SBAAHL) 30 2 14 16 20
2019-20 Saskatoon Generals Bantam AA (SBAAHL) 31 31 24 55 34
2019-20 Saskatoon Contacts (SMHL) 3 0 0 0 2

 

Round 3, pick 49  
PLAYER: Marcus Pacheco
POSITION: C
HEIGHT: 5’9
WEIGHT: 144
BIRTHDATE: April 6, 2005
HOMETOWN: Edmonton, AB

Season Team GP  G    PTS PIM
2018-19 Knights of Columbus Squires Bantam (AMBHL) 33 12 31 43 28
2019-20 OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep (CSSBHL) 30 15 24 39 28

Round 6, pick 115 
PLAYER: Logan Dochuk
POSITION: D
HEIGHT: 6’0
WEIGHT: 152
BIRTHDATE: January 31, 2005
Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Season Team GP  G    PTS PIM
2018-19 Knights of Columbus Squires Bantam (AMBHL) 30 1 9 10 24
2019-20 Knights of Columbus Squires Bantam (AMBHL) 33 3 8 11 46
2019-20 KC Centennials Minor Midget AAA (AMMHL) 8 0 4 4 0

Round 6, pick 118

PLAYER: Jackson Romeril
POSITION: D
HEIGHT: 5’11
WEIGHT: 173
BIRTHDATE: January 18, 2005
HOMETOWN: Calgary, AB

Season Team GP  G    PTS PIM
2018-19 CNHA Blazers Bantam AA (HCBAA) 30 1 10 11 58
2019-20 OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep (CSSBHL) 26 2 5 7 58

 

Round 7, pick 140

PLAYER: Alex Scheiwiller
POSITION: G
HEIGHT: 5’9
WEIGHT: 142
BIRTHDATE: January 10, 2005
Hometown: Calgary, AB

Season Team GP  W    GAA SAV%
2018-19 Calgary Flames Bantam AAA (AMBHL) 16 9 4 2.33 .919
2019-20 Calgary Flames Bantam AAA (AMBHL) 19 15 4 1.48 .937

 

Round 8, pick 161
PLAYER: Grady Lenton
POSITION: C
HEIGHT: 5’9
WEIGHT: 151
BIRTHDATE: August 9, 2005
HOMETOWN: Delta, BC

Season Team GP  G    PTS PIM
2019-20 Greater Van Canadians Bantam AA (BCBHL) 30 20 22 42 12
2019-20 Greater Vancouver Canadiens Minor Midget (BCMIML) 4 0 1 1 0

 

Round 9, pick 180
PLAYER: Ethan Neutens
POSITION: F
HEIGHT: 5’10
WEIGHT: 160
BIRTHDATE: May 3, 2005
HOMETOWN: Cochrane, AB

Season Team GP  G    PTS PIM
2018-19 Bow Valley Timberwolves Bantam AA (SCABL) 34 9 12 21 22
2019-20 Airdrie Xtreme Bantam AAA (AMBHL) 31 8 15 23 24
2019-20 AC Avalanche Minor Midget AAA (AMMHL) 1 1 0 1 0

 

Round 9, pick 184
PLAYER: Ty Mason
POSITION: C
HEIGHT: 5’8
WEIGHT: 135
BIRTHDATE: June 23, 2005
HOMETOWN: Weyburn, SK

Season Team GP  G    PTS PIM
2018-19 Weyburn Wings Bantam AA (SBAAHL) 30 14 23 37 20
2019-20 Notre Dame Hounds Bantam AAA (CSSBHL) 30 13 12 25 18
2019-20 Notre Dame Hounds Midget AAA (SMHL) 4 0 0 0 0

 

Round 11, pick 228  
PLAYER: Will Munro
POSITION: LW
HEIGHT: 6’0
WEIGHT: 167
BIRTHDATE: April 26, 2005
HOMETOWN: Swan River, MB

Season Team GP  G    PTS PIM
2018-19 Parkland Rangers Bantam AAA (WBAAA) 36 7 6 13 10
2019-20 Parkland Rangers Bantam AAA (WBAAA) 36 23 23 46 44

 

Round 12, pick 250  
PLAYER: Wyatt Homeniuk
POSITION: D
HEIGHT: 5’11
WEIGHT: 150
BIRTHDATE: March 9, 2005
HOMETOWN: Regina, SK

Season Team GP  G    PTS PIM
2018-19 Regina Pat Blues Bantam AA (SBAAHL) 31 4 5 9 22
2019-20 Regina Pat Blues Bantam AA (SBAAHL) 31 7 20 27 46
2019-20 Regina Pat Canadians Midget AAA (SMHL) 3 0 1 1 2
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