So the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft went down earlier today and the Lethbridge Hurricanes were as active as could be expected. This year’s draft was Peter Anholt’s second as the GM and it posed a very different challenge. Pete entered today with significantly less work to do. The Hurricanes had a successful season!
There was no need to worry about blowing up the core and aggressively trying to swap players for picks (though they did make one trade of this nature). Today’s draft was…. well, it was just business as usual. Try and stock the system with the best young talent possible and attempt to find value as deep as possible.
There’s really no way to judge the success of today’s work… at least not until a few years have gone by. We can however quickly dive into the selections and what they tell us about the mindset of the manager. This draft review will very quickly look at today’s draft from a Hurricanes perspective and (hopefully) provide some answers on what’s to come.
Let’s dive right in!