The 2020 WHL Bantam Draft is scheduled to take place online on Wednesday, April 22. Currently, Calder Crossin and Carter Dittmer remain the only two Brandon ranked prospects (Western Elite Hockey Prospects) entering this year’s draft. As of March 16th, Crossin was ranked 83rd while Dittmer checked in at number 133 among the 231 ranked prospects. The pair were teammates this past season on the Bantam AAA Wheat Kings which competed in the Winnipeg AAA Bantam 1 Division (WPG B1).
Crossin, a defensemen, registered 49 points in 36 games on the strength of 12 goals and 37 assists. In a recent interview with WEHP, Crossin stated “Draft day will be an exciting day for a lot of great players and their families. If I get the chance to hear my name called, that would be really special.”
Dittmer, a forward, managed to score 42 goals in 33 games, He also chipped in with 20 assists. His 42 goals left him tied for 5th overall in final regular season goal scoring in league play.
According to the report, Parkland Rangers Brayden Dube is Manitoba’s top rated prospect at number 19. Dube tore up the league offensively this season racking up a whopping 130 points in just 36 games. Ranger teammates Kyan Grouette (63), Aiden Ziprick (94) and Carter Zalischuk (175) were also included among the 231 players ranked.
The Brandon Wheat Kings have the 13th overall selection at this year’s draft for players born in 2005.