The Kootenay ICE went with the best-player-available mentality at 2018 Bantam Draft on Thursday.
This from Director of Scouting and Hockey Operations Jake Heisinger as the ICE landed defenceman Carson Lambos second overall.
Heisinger says the 15-year old blue liner can do it all on the ice.
“He skates, he moves the puck up the ice, he plays fast, he plays hard, just how we want to play.” says Heisinger. “He’s a great teammate and really a talented player.”
Lambos collected 15 goals and 25 assists in 30 games with the Rink Hockey Academy of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.
Kootenay selected four forwards, four defencemen and one goaltender at the draft.
“I think it went really well.” says Heisinger. “We went with the best-player-available mentality and stuck to that throughout so we’re really happy with how it played out.”
It was the third straight year the ICE slected either first or second overall in the draft after failing to make the playoffs for the third year in a row.
The Edmonton Oil Kings selected forward Dylan Guenther first overall.
– Jake Heisinger, Kootenay ICE Director of Scouting and Hockey Operations