The SJHL Bantam draft took place last Thursday and the Flin Flon Bombers walked away from the annual event feeling good about their picks.
The team selected five players, two defenseman and three forwards, in the six round draft. The players are listed below.
1st Round – 7th Overall – Parker Hendren – Regina, SK
Listed at 5’10, 183 already, Hendren was high on the Bombers list from the get go. “We felt Parker was the best defenseman available in this year’s draft,” said Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan. Hendren is a skilled, responsible defender that is very hard to play against at such a young age. Suiting up in 29 games for the Regina Monarchs Bantam AA program, he had 32 points (11g, 21a) and 30 penalty minutes. He also suited up in six games with the Midget AA Regina Vics and one with the Regina Pat Canadians AAA Midget program. “Look for this kid to be the QB for the Bombers’ power play for years to come.”
2nd Round – 19th Overall – Sebastian Eger – Regina, SK
“We didn’t think Sebastian was going to be available for us in the second round,” said Reagan. “We were really happy when he was there.” Another product of the Regina, Eger is a defenseman with a ton of energy and another rearguard that is tough to play against with his physical play. Eger had 22 points (4g, 18a) in 28 games with the Regina Bantam AA Aces to go along with 96 penalty minutes, plus added another 10 points (2g, 8a) in 5 playoff games. “Eger has a great vision and a high end hockey IQ to go along with a big, physical frame,” added Reagan.
4th Round – 43rd Overall – Evan Sare – Regina, SK
The third straight Regina product selected by the Bombers, Sare is summed up in two words, speed and skill. Combine that with his high end puck skills and a great work ethic and the Bombers are very pleased with this prospect. “Evan has a very good understanding of positional play and is very responsible in all areas of the ice,” commented Reagan. Sare appeared in 30 games with the Regina Pat Blues and finished with 47 points (21g, 26a).
4th Round – 46th Overall – Jackson Kowblick – Christopher Lake, SK
A big physical forward (6’, 161 pounds), the Prince Albert Bantam AA Raiders product plays the game with a lot of energy and grit. Kowblick had 29 points (13g, 16a) and 60 penalty minutes in 27 games last season and added another 3 points (1g, 2a) in 3 playoff games. “Jackson does all the little things right that coaches love to see,” added Reagan. “We feel that he is a very intelligent player and can be a power forward with the Bombers in the future.”
6th Round – 67th Overall – Josh Nagy – Saskatoon, SK
Saskatoon native Josh Nagy played for his hometown Bantam AA Generals last season and had 21 points (11g, 10a) in 21 games. A very well round forward, Nagy is described as having a good work ethic and is a kid that can excel in any situation a coach puts him in. “Josh is a well rounded player,” said Reagan. “He’s a very smart hockey player and is the type that can find the net, or become a very good set up man.”