The Moose Jaw Warriors took a glimpse into their crystal ball Thursday as they looked towards the future at the annual WHL Bantam Draft.
The started with exciting news, as the Warriors announced that they had dealt their 5th overall pick, a 2nd round pick, a 5th round pick and listed player Michael Burns to Portland for the 1st overall pick and a third round pick.
With the top pick, the tribe drafted Oak Bank, Manitoba's Quinton Howden. The 6'2", 170lbs left winger played 51 games with the Springfield Ice Hawks last year, scoring 121 goals and 197 points.
This was the first time in franchise history that the Warriors had the first overall pick.
The Warriors traded away their original second round pick to Portland in the deal that saw them land the top pick, so they had to wait late in the second round to draft left winger Nathan MacMasters. This was the draft pick that the Warriors received in the Kenndal McArdle trade last season.
Moose Jaw picked three Saskatchewan players, Kendal McFaull and Troy Gasper from Rosetown, and Zane Weal of Assiniboia.
They drafted 11 players in all, four left wingers, four defenseman, two centers, and one goalie.
Two Moose Jaw players received calls from WHL teams. Everett picked Mitch Boucher in the 7th round, and Brandon drafted Lee Stykel in the 9th round,
2007 Warriors Bantam Draft picks;
1st Round, 1st overall - Quinton Howden (LW), Oak Bank, MB
2nd Round, 41th - Nathan MacMasters (LW), Calgary, AB
3rd Round, 46th - Dylan McLlrath (D), Winnipeg, MB
4th Round, 72nd - Kendall McFaull (D), Rosetown, SK
4th Round, 88th - Connor Cox (D), Lethbridge, AB
NO FIFTH ROUND PICK
6th Round, 116th - Brandon Glover (G), Victoria, BC
7th Round, 138th - Josh Bruha (LW), Cecil Lake, BC
7th Round, 141st - Marty McFadden (D), Carmen, MB
8th Round, 160th - Zane Weal (C), Assiniboia, SK
9th Round, 179th - Troy Gasper (C), Rosetown, SK
9th Round, 182nd - Nolan Marshal (LW), Nacmine, AB