Pats Bring in Six New Prospects
Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club added six new prospects, one by trade, during rounds 5-11 of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.
In the fifth round (108th overall), the Pats added defenceman Michael Ladyman (5’9”, 126lbs). The Winnipeg, MB native played with the Winnipeg Monarchs this season, totaling 44 points (5G, 39A) in 35 games through the Manitoba Bantam AAA season.
In the sixth round, the Pats dealt their 121st overall pick (plus conditional picks) to the Everett Silvertips in exchange for prospect forward Nick Henry (’99). The Portage la Prairie, MB product was the 2016 MJHL Rookie of the Year, posting 61 points (26G, 35A) in 50 games with the Portage Terriers.
The Pats went to B.C. for their eighth round pick (165th overall) selecting forward Logan Nijhoff (5’10”, 156 lbs). Nijhoff was an alternate captain with the OHA Bantam Prep squad and posted 13 points (4G, 9A) in 20 games of CSSHL action. The Comox Valley, B.C. product also played two games of midget with OHA 15s, picking up a pair of assists in two games.
With their ninth round pick, the Blue and White picked American forward Kaden Bohlsen (6’0”, 157lbs). Bohlsen, who has verbally committed to the University of Minnesota, posted 58 points (32G, 26A) in 60 games with Shattuck St. Mary’s Bantam Tier 1 team.
Into the 10th round the Pats used the 209th overall pick to select defenceman Ryker Evans (5’4”, 114 lbs). The Calgary, AB product put up 19 points (3G, 16A) in 36 games with the Calgary Royals of the AMBHL. He also played five games in the AMMHL with CRAA Blue, registering four assists.
With their final pick of the draft, 231st overall, Regina snagged defenceman Riley Little (5’11”, 140lbs). The Saskatoon, SK native tallied nine points (4G, 5A) with the Bantam Generals in 2015-16.
Overall, the Pats made eight selections in this year’s draft; five forwards and three defenceman.
About the Regina Pats
Named for the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats are the oldest major junior hockey franchise in the world operating from its original location. Since their founding in 1917, the Pats have won three Memorial Cup championships and compete in the WHL’s Eastern Division. To learn more about the Pats, call 306-337-1535 or visit www.reginapats.com.