CSSHL at the WHL Draft: 2016

The 2016 WHL Draft saw 42 Canadian Sport School Hockey League student athletes selected, including five in the first round.

The Yale Hockey Academy saw three student athletes off the board first as Josh Williams went fifth overall to the Medicine Hat Tigers, Rhett Rhinehart was selected 13th overall by the Prince Albert Raiders and Jackson Van de Leest was the 16th overall selection, going to the Calgary Hitmen.

Shawnigan Lake School’s Jacson Alexander went 17th overall to the Swift Current Broncos, while the steal of the draft was Dylan Cozens of the Delta Hockey Academy going 19th overall to the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Cozens has gone on to dominate the WHL, with 223 points (95-128-223) in 179 career regular season games. The Whitehorse, YT product was selected seventh overall by the Buffalo Sabres at the 2019 NHL Draft and was a star for Team Canada at the 2020 World Juniors where he won the gold medal after posting nine points (2-7-9) in seven games.

Tyus Gent made it two consecutive drafts that a student athlete from the CSSHL’s U15 Division was selected, as he went 88th overall to the Victoria Royals.

All six CSSHL teams had at least three student athletes selected, while all but one WHL team made at least one selection from the CSSHL, with the Vancouver Giants leading the way with five picks. The Lethbridge Hurricanes and Tri-City Americans each took four student athletes from the CSSHL.

 

ROUND

OVERALL

TEAM

STUDENT ATHLETE

CSSHL PROGRAM

1

5

Medicine Hat TigersJosh WilliamsYale Hockey Academy

1

13

Prince Albert RaidersRhett RhinehartYale Hockey Academy

1

16

Calgary HitmenJackson van de LeestYale Hockey Academy

1

17

Swift Current BroncosJacson AlexanderShawnigan Lake School

1

19

Lethbridge HurricanesDylan CozensDelta Hockey Academy

2

29

Tri-City AmericansMitchell BrownOkanagan Hockey Academy

2

31

Vancouver GiantsHarrison BlaisdellYale Hockey Academy

2

36

Vancouver GiantsLukas SvejkovskyDelta Hockey Academy

2

43

Brandon Wheat KingsBen McCartneyOkanagan Hockey Academy

3

52

Lethbridge HurricanesKirby ProctorPursuit of Excellence

3

61

Swift Current BroncosConnor HorningPursuit of Excellence

3

62

Seattle ThunderbirdsAlex SwetlikoffYale Hockey Academy

3

63

Medicine Hat TigersJalen PriceDelta Hockey Academy

3

64

Kelowna RocketsRoman BasranDelta Hockey Academy

3

65

Moose Jaw WarriorsAustin HerronYale Hockey Academy

4

70

Kootenay IceKabore DunnShawnigan Lake School

4

71

Swift Current BroncosNolan CorradoPursuit of Excellence

4

77

Regina PatsKjell KjemhusPursuit of Excellence

4

80

Edmonton Oil KingsBoston BilousDelta Hockey Academy

4

88

Victoria RoyalsTyus GentDelta Hockey Academy

5

95

Tri-City AmericansKash RasmussenEdge School

5

98

Prince George CougarsKeegan CraikDelta Hockey Academy

5

99

Lethbridge HurricanesAlex CottonYale Hockey Academy

6

113

Vancouver GiantsAidan BarfootDelta Hockey Academy

6

115

Vancouver GiantsMax BulawkaPursuit of Excellence

7

137

Edmonton Oil KingsJaden SenkoeOkanagan Hockey Academy

7

138

Medicine Hat TigersCorson HopwoDelta Hockey Academy

7

147

Saskatoon BladesNicholas KentDelta Hockey Academy

8

155

Kootenay IceCody ShepheardShawnigan Lake School

8

156

Vancouver GiantsLukas KonashukOkanagan Hockey Academy

8

160

Spokane ChiefsEthan LeyhYale Hockey Academy

8

161

Tri-City AmericansConnor BouchardOkanagan Hockey Academy

8

165

Regina PatsLogan NijhoffOkanagan Hockey Academy

8

169

Kamloops BlazersBlake WoodYale Hockey Academy

8

173

Lethbridge HurricanesCarter WicksonPursuit of Excellence

9

181

Edmonton Oil KingsBen WozneyDelta Hockey Academy

9

183

Tri-City AmericansZach OkabeEdge School

9

192

Calgary HitmenAlex RolfeYale Hockey Academy

10

208

Prince George CougarsFrancis La LoueDelta Hockey Academy

10

216

Seattle ThunderbirdsCole SchwebiusOkanagan Hockey Academy

10

219

Brandon Wheat KingsTimber LewisOkanagan Hockey Academy

11

229

Portland WinterhawksHolden KodakYale Hockey Academy