The Regina Pats made a couple of blueline selections for the U.S. Priority Draft today.
Defencemen Dylan Lebret with the third overall pick and Stephen Grumley with the 42nd overall pick were chosen by the Pats.
These players from the United States were chosen the day before the WHL’s annual prospects draft, where the Pats will pick sixth overall.
Lebret scores nine goals and 18 assists in 57 games with the Los Angeles Junior Kings 14-U AAA team last season. Grumley scored eight goals and 27 assists for 35 points in 60 games with the Kings.
“Dylan is a calm and smart defenceman with a great breakout pass, and the ability to create offence and score goals,” Regina Pats California Scout Tommy Tartaglione said in a media release from the Pats. “He is also someone who can quarterback the power play, but most importantly, he is very good in the defensive zone.”
“Stevie is a really smooth skating puck-moving defenceman with hockey IQ that is through the roof,” added Tartaglione. “He’s always in the right position and is never afraid of joining the rush. His crisp breakout passes help transition the defensive zone to the offensive zone very quickly.”The 2007-born defencemen will be eligible for WHL training camp this year.