Draft Order WHL: 2020 WHL Draft Results: Round 1: 1. Regina Pats (from Swift Current Broncos): Connor Bedard, C, (2023), 2. Prince George Cougars: Riley Heidt, C, (2023), 3. Moose Jaw Warriors: Brayden Yager, C, (2023), 4. Tri-City Americans: Lukas Dragicevic, D, (2023), 5. Saskatoon Blades (from Regina Pats): Tanner Moledyk, D, (2023), 6. Red Deer Rebels: Kalan Lind, C, (2023), 7. Seattle Thunderbirds: Sam Oremba, RW, (2023), 8. Kelowna Rockets: Andrew Cristall, C, (2023), 9. Victoria Royals: Auston Zemlack, D, (2023), 10. Vancouver Giants: Mazden Leslie, D, (2023), 11. Medicine Hat Tigers (from Saskatoon Blades): Reid Anderson, D, (2023), 12. Calgary Hitmen: Oliver Tulk, C, (2023), 13. Brandon Wheat Kings: Quinn Mantei, D, (2023), 14. Winnipeg Ice: Zach Benson, C, (2023), 15. Prince Albert Raiders: Terrell Goldsmith, D, (2023), 16. Lethbridge Hurricanes: Cole Miller, C, (2023), 17. Prince George Cougars (from Medicine Hat Tigers): Caden Brown, C, (2023), 18. Spokane Chiefs: Sage Weinstein, D, (2023), 19. Kamloops Blazers: Kaden Hammell, D, (2023), 20. Edmonton Oil Kings: Dawson Seitz, C, (2023), 21. Swift Current Broncos (from Everett Silvertips): Brady Birnie, C, (2023), 22. Prince George Cougars (from Portland Winterhawks): Ryker Singer, C, (2023)


2020 WHL Draft Results



Round 1



The 2020 WHL Draft has future NHL talent on display. Find out who went to what WHL team and our grades for all 22 first round picks.



Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: April 22, 2020.


  1. Regina Pats: Connor Bedard, C, (2023) A+ Grade

    The 5-8 165 lb Connor Bedard applied for exceptional status and became the first WHL Player to receive exceptional status. He had 43 goals, 41 assists, and 84 points with West Van Academy Prep in 2019-2020. Before that Bedard had 64 goals, 24 assists, and 88 points in 2018-2019.


    Despite being only 14, Bedard has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Connor Bedard has already gotten comparisons to Connor McDavid.


    Unlike Matthew Savoie, Connor Bedard can make an immediate jump to the WHL since he was the first player to be granted exceptional status. Bedard is going to be a top 5 pick in the 2023 NHL Draft. Savoie was a blue chip talent, but I like Bedard more personally as Bedard could challenge Adam Fantilli to be the top pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.


    Regina drafted Layton Feist last year in the first round as a defender. Now the Regina Pats have a line 1 center and a line 1 defender to build their team around.


  2. Prince George Cougars: Riley Heidt, C, (2023) A+ Grade

    The 5-9 161 lb Riley Heidt is a great player for Prince George to build around. He can play left wing, center, or right wing with his versatility. Koehn Ziemmer last years first round pick and Riley Heidt will both be eligible for the 2021-2022 WHL Season, but for now Prince George will be rebuilding for another season. If Zeimmer beats out Heidt for the line 1 center job, then Prince George probably moves Heidt to the wing.


    Heidt has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Riley Heidt could be a future captain on the Prince George Cougars.



  3. Moose Jaw Warriors: Brayden Yager, C, (2023) A+ Grade

    The 5-10 161 lb Brayden Yager is a great player for Moose Jaw to build around. He is more of a playmaker center compared to Riley Heidt who was his junior teammate in Saskatoon. Both Heidt and Yager have great leadership skills with Yager being the guy with more upside and Heidt being the player that is more versatile. Both are top 3 players and it honestly comes down to who you think is more ready. For me, I think Yager is closer to being ready, but Prince George was loaded with centers so they got a two-way forward that could move to the wing allowing Moose Jaw to get a premium player.


    Yager has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Brayden Yager could be a stud on the Moose Jaw Warriors as well as a future team captain. This is a huge pickup for a team that has Daemon Hunt as their top defender along with defenseman Denton Mateychuk who I liked a lot when Moose Jaw selected him in last years 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.


  4. Tri-City Americans: Lukas Dragicevic, D, (2023) A+ Grade

    I trust Tri-City Americans GM Bob Tory who we had on the podcast a few years ago when Michael Rasmussen and Jusso Vallimaki were draft eligible. Tory knows what he's doing as the 6-0 153 lb defender was one of two blue chip two-way defenders in this draft. He's the best offensive defender in this draft as well as a quarterback on the power play.


    Lukas Dragicevic has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Lukas Dragicevic is another blue chip defender like Brandon Carlo or Jusso Vallimaki that Tory can build his blue line around. Fantastic pick for a team that did not have a first round pick to build around.



  5. Saskatoon Blades: Tanner Moledyk, D, (2023) A+ Grade

    The 5-10 154 lb Tanner Moledyk is a two way defender with blue chip ability like Lukas Dragicevic. He was also a team captain on Yale's Hockey Prep team.


    Tanner Moledyk has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Tanner Moledyk was graded slightly higher than Lukas Dragicevic. With the 2020 OHL Draft having teams reach for players, I'm really excited about the future of the WHL with teams in the top 5 taking care of business early since Saskatoon got Brandon Lisowsky to replace Kirby Dach in last years draft at center and now got their future line 1 defender in Tanner Moledyk.


  6. Red Deer Rebels: Kalan Lind, C, (2023) A+ Grade

    The 5-11 140 Kalan Lind had 68 goals, 52 assists, and 120 points in 27 Bantam Games. Lind had a phenomenal season and looks like someone who can be a future first round NHL draft pick just like a lot of these guys that went in the top 5. Lind is easily the best center I've seen Red Deer draft since they had Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.


    Kalan Lind has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Kalan Lind was a top 10 player who posted top 5 production last year.



  7. Seattle Thunderbirds: Sam Oremba, RW, (2023) A+ Grade

    The 5-10 155 lb Sam Oremba is versatile enough to play left wing, center, or right wing. His 75 goals, 58 assists, and 133 points in Bantam got him along with 9 points in 3 playoff games got him promoted from Bantam to AAA.


    Seattle drafted two studs a year ago when they selected Jordan Gustafson and Kevin Korchinski so Oremba will either move to right wing or left wing where he will compliment Gustafson as a goal scorer. I have Oremba as my top ranked winger in this draft.


    Sam Oremba has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Sam Oremba was a top 10 player who posted top 5 production last year.


  8. Kelowna Rockets: Andrew Cristall, C, (2023) A+ Grade

    The 5-7 130 lb Andrew Cristall is a center that can do it all. He had 43 goals, 37 assists, and 80 points in 27 games. He gives Kelonwa a future line 1 center on a team that is known for developing quality centers.


    Andrew Cristall has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Andrew Cristall was a top 10 player who posted top 10 production last year despite being ranked as log as eighteen on some boards. Kelowna did their homework on this kid as usual. Great pick.



  9. Victoria Royals: Auston Zemlack, D, (2023) A+ Grade

    The 5-10 161 lb Auston Zemlack was the team captain for OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep. His leadership is what makes this a fantastic selection.


    Auston Zemlack has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Victoria got Jason Spizawka and Ryan Spizawka last year to help their blue line. Now they get Auston Zemlack as a line 2 defender to compliment these guys as the Royals are putting together one of the WHL's best blue lines.


  10. Vancouver Giants: Mazden Leslie, D, (2023) A+ Grade

    The 6-0 160 lb Mazden Leslie is bigger and more physical than any defender in this draft. Leslie was the third best defender according to most experts, but I love the value he provides here since he was AMBHL rookie of the year as well as a two-time AMBHL All Star.


    Mazden Leslie has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Vancouver got someone who may be able to take over for Bowen Byram here. Fantastic pick.



  11. Medicine Hat Tigers: Reid Anderson, D, (2023) C Grade

    Last year I handed out thirteen consecutive A+ grades before I gave my first bad grade in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. This year we got to ten players. I loved the Oasiz Wiesblatt pick despite his size a year ago. Unforunately, I do not feel that way about Anderson.


    I had a second round grade on Reid Anderson. He has the speed and skating to make it, but the rest of his game is a project.


    I see a line 2 defender at best. I don't see Anderson cracking a top line. Medicine Hat made it clear when they took Anderson at 11 they were going with need over value since they need a defender more than a forward.


  12. Calgary Hitmen: Oliver Tulk, C, (2023) A Grade

    The 5-7 157 lb Oliver Tulk has the work ethic you want a player to have despite his size. Tulk had 27 goals, 42 assists, and 69 points in 30 regular season games. Tulk could be the future line 1 center with Grayden Siepmann being the future line 1 defender on the Calgary Hitmen.


    Oliver Tulk has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. His point production is good, but it doesn't wow you and he's only 5-7 compared to some of the other skaters which is why this pick got an A grade, but not an A+ grade. It was still a great pick though.



  13. Brandon Wheat Kings: Quinn Mantei, D, (2023) B Grade

    Quinn Mantei was the team captain of the Weyburn Wings. He had 22 goals, 30 assists, and 52 points, in 30 games with the Wings.


    Some teams had a second round grade on this guy. The thing is He's a leader and looked much better on tape Reid Anderson. He has the leadership traits that you want a two-way defender to have, but he's not as fast or explosive of a skater as Anderson.


    Quinn Mantei will go to AAA for a year. Then he will get his chance with the Brandon Wheat Kings in 2021. He will have to earn his spot on an extremely competitive Brandon Wheat Kings


    The Brandon Wheat Kings doubled up at center with Nate Danielson and Tyson Zimmer last year. Zimmer will be ready to play at center while Danielson will wait another year before joining Mantei.


    You can tell the Brandon Wheat Kings are loading up with skaters at every position. This team has a chance to go on a WHL Cup run in 2021 or 2022 if they keep everyone on the team.


  14. Winnipeg Ice: Zach Benson, C, (2023) C Grade

    Winnipeg has team captain Peyton Krebs as their line 1 center with Matthew Savoie as their line 2 center and Connor Geekie as their line 3 center. Winnipeg chose to get a line 4 center that could end up being a line 3 center by the time Peyton Krebs makes the jump to the NHL.



  15. Prince Albert Raiders: Terrell Goldsmith, D, (2023) B Grade

    The 6-2 198 lb Terrell Goldsmith doesn't turn 15-years-old until May. Good lord, what are the Goldsmith's feeding this kid. That's the scary thing with Goldsmith as he has such a huge window of opportunity to grow as a player and as a person.


    Goldsmith is one of the best defensive defenders in this draft. If he can learn how to play offense effectively he can become a special player. That's a big if.


    Goldsmith is great at checking and defending in the neutral zone. That's why I am giving this pick a B grade even though some scouts have a second round grade on Goldsmith.


  16. Lethbridge Hurricanes: Cole Miller, C, (2023) C- Grade

    Cole Miller is talented. He is a clear reach though at this point since he won't be ready until 2021 or 2022. If Dylan Cozens returns to Lethbridge, Miller needs to learn as much from him as possible in training camp. That's the only thing that gives me hope.



  17. Prince George Cougars: Caden Brown, C, (2023) D+ Grade

    Prince George already had two good centers. They basically took a guy with a second round grade as a third line center here. Unless their plan is to draft another center at 22 so they get competition with their third and fourth lines at center, I cannot explain what they are trying to do.


    Caden Brown had 35 goals, 30 assists, and 65 points in 30 games. He can get you a goal and assist per game so if he has that kind of impact on the third line for Prince George, then he may be a player to watch.


  18. Spokane Chiefs: Sage Weinstein, D, (2023) D Grade

    Sage Weinstein is a guy that most had a second round grade on. This feels like a reach at eighteen.



  19. Kamloops Blazers: Kaden Hammell, D, (2023) A+ Grade

    Kamloops got Mats Lindgren last year. Now they get another steal on the blue line with Kaden Hammell. One team had a top 10 grade on Hammell, but that team already took a defender in the top 10. Another team had a top 15 grade on Hammell so to get a guy that may be a top 10 to top 15 player at 19 is a steal.


    The 6-0 165 lb Kaden Hammell is gifted offensively. He's a project defensively. I think playing with someone like Mats Lindgren will help him grow as a person since he's already pretty deadly.


    Kaden Hammell has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Kamloops got someone who can complimetn Mats Lindgren the defender they took in the first round last year. Fantastic pick.


  20. Edmonton Oil Kings: Dawson Seitz, C, (2023) B- Grade

    Dawson Seitz has two seasons of experience in AAA. That will help him. He only played 7 games before a season ending injury and had some durability concerns. Some teams had a second round grade on him too which is why he got a B- grade despite averaging a 1 point per game.



  21. Swift Current Broncos: Brady Birnie, C, (2023) A- Grade

    Brady Birnie had 56 goals, 72 assists, and 128 points in 31 games as a fourteen year old kid. He doesn't turn 15-years-old until September and is draft eligible for the 2023 NHL Draft.


    Swift Current gets a good long-term project player here that has line 1 upside, but will not play until 2021-2022. Some teams had a second round grade on Birnie, but his production speaks for itself.


  22. Prince George Cougars: Ryker Singer, C, (2023) C- Grade

    I like Ryker Singer more than Caden Brown. That's not saying much though since both Singer and Brown will be competing for a line 3 center job.













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