Regina, Saskatchewan –The Regina Pats added six prospects to their organization and completed one trade in rounds six through twelve of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.
Lukas Sillinger (5’4”, 128 lbs) was picked in the 6th round (126th overall). The forward played with the Regina Aces this season, racking up 50 points (24G, 26A) in 29 games through the SBAAHL season. The Regina, SK native is the son of Pats alumni Mike Sillinger.
Defenceman Jack Lenchyshyn (5’10”, 168 lbs) was picked in the 7th round (146th overall). The Steinbach, MB product posted 17 points (6G, 11A) in 28 games with the Eastman Selects over the Manitoba Bantam AAA season.
The eighth round saw the Pats pick twice. With the 155th overall selection, the Blue and White added forward Mackenzie Belinski from the Yellowhead Chiefs. Belinski tallied 54 points (29G, 25A) in 31 games in Manitoba Bantam AAA. With the 168th overall pick, the Pats selected centre Riley Krane from the Okanagan Hockey Academy. The Dawson Creek, BC native totaled 17 points (8G, 9A) in 18 games.
Before the ninth round got underway, the Pats and Moose Jaw Warriors announced a trade. The deal sent the rights to forward Rylee Zimmer (’97) to the Warriors in exchange for a conditional 10th round selection in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. Zimmer played in 49 games wearing the Blue and White.
In the ninth round, the Pats picked up another defenceman by selecting Owen Williams with the 190th overall pick. Hailing from Delta, BC, Williams is no stranger to the prairies after spending last season with the Notre Dame Hounds where he tallied 12 points (5G, 7A) and 46 penalty minutes in 33 games.
The tenth round brought another familiar name into the fold. The Pats used the 212th overall pick to select goaltender Max Paddock from the Brandon Wheat Kings. Paddock played in 12 games while compiling a 7-1-2 record to go with a 2.68 GAA and one shutout on the year. The Brandon, MB native is the nephew of Pats Sr. VP of Hockey Operations and Head Coach John Paddock.
Overall, the Pats added four forwards, four defenceman and one goaltender in the 2015 Bantam Draft.
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.