Wolverines make two first round picks in busy draft day

The Waywayseecappo Wolverines moved up in the draft, and ended up picking two first round picks for a second straight year.

The Wolverines made a trade with the Winnipeg Blues to move up to 10th overall in the draft.

But with the first pick, 4th overall, the Wolverines picked up Cole Hunter from Oakburn, Manitoba. Hunter had 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) in 44 games this year with the Yellowhead Chiefs in the Manitoba Under-18 Hockey League.

Director of Player Personnel Kevin Monkman says: “Cole is a good two way forward, can provide offence and can provide good defensively. All around good 200-foot player.”

Six picks later, the Wolverines picked up Hank Thompson of the Norman Northstars. The Thompson, Manitoba product put 26 (5 goals, 21 assists) points in 53 games in the MU18HL.

Monkman says: “Speedy forward, plays both ends of the ice, has good offensive abilities.”

In the second round, the Wolverines went for their third Yellowhead Chief player in the entire draft process, by picking Alec Strachan of Hamiota, Manitoba. Strachan had 21 points (7 goals, 14 assists) in 44 games last season.

Monkman says: “He is a good all around player, great skater.”

To finish up the draft, the Wolverines picked Gavin Quenelle from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Rink Hockey Academy player had 18 points last year (10 goals, 8 assists) in 29 games played in the CSSHL Under 17.

Monkman says: “Gavin plays a physical game, is a good skater and is very hard to play against.”

When asked about the day overall, Monkman said the organization got who they wanted.

“We got a variety of players with different skill sets that can play offence and defence, and brings some grit to our game, and they are tough guys to play against.”