Wheat King’s Elick drafted by Columbus, Caswell goes to Seattle

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The second day in the NHL’s annual entry draft was held earlier today and Brandon Wheat King defensemen Charlie Elick was selected in the second round, 36th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Elick suited up in 65 games with the Wheat Kings this past season  registering 27 points and 71 PIMs. He has been on the radar of NHL scouts for several years, thanks his robust play and smart decision-making. Elick was the lone Wheat King selected this year.

Clarke Caswell, a standout player from the Swift Current Broncos, was picked by the Seattle Kraken in the 5th round, 141st overall.  His impressive performance with the Broncos showcased his ability to be a game-changer. In the 2023-2024 WHL season, Caswell racked up an impressive 77 points in 68 games, highlighting his scoring prowess and playmaking ability. Caswell grew up playing his minor hockey in Brandon including one season with the Brandon Wheat Kings U18 AAA team. Entering the draft, he was the highest ranked Manitoban amongst North American skaters at #77.