Giants add 10 at bantam draft

Giants add 10 at bantam draft

Vancouver drafts six forwards, three defence and one goaltender

The Vancouver Giants added 10 new bodies via the WHL’s annual bantam draft on Thursday.

The team selected Zach Ostapchuk in the first round, 12th overall, at the annual draft for 2003-born players.

It was held in Red Deer, Alta.

Ostapchuk is a six-foot-two, 175-pound two-way skilled forward is from St. Albert, Alta.

“Skating, size and strength are all positive parts of my game. I also take pride in my 200-foot game. Putting the puck in the net is important, but keeping it out of your net is twice as important,” he said.

“Zack is a competitor who brings a solid mix of skill, size and strength up the middle,” said Giants general manager, Glen Hanlon. “He leads by example in all areas of the ice, skates well and does whatever it takes to win.”

The Giants also added five other forwards, three defencemen and a goaltender.

The team had no second round pick but did have two selections in the third round, taking goaltender Drew Sim 46th overall and forward Justin Lies 10 picks later.

“Drew Sim’s compete level is off the charts,” Hanlon said. “He’s a proven winner who rose to the occasion numerous times throughout his season. He’s a big-game goaltender.”

Lies put up terrific offensive numbers with the Norman Wolves Bantam AAA team in the Winnipeg Bantam AAA division. In 35 games he scored 39 goals and added 23 assists for 62 points along with 62 penalty minutes. Thirteen of his 39 goals came via the power play.

“I’ve been working towards this for a long time, and It’s great to see it all pay off today,” said Lies. “I tried to focus on coming to the rink prepared to play well in each game. I’d say my skating and my shot are my two best attributes.”

“Justin’s a natural goal scorer who competes hard and skates exceptionally well. He adds a strong element of character and skill to our organization,” said Giants director of scouting Dan Bonar.

The fourth round was when the Giants added their first defenceman, as well as their initial B.C.-born player with the selection of Burnaby’s Nicco Camazzola at No. 78.

The six-foot-one, 179-pounder had two goals and 10 points in 30 games for the Burnaby Winter Club’s bantam prep program.

“Nicco competes hard, has a strong skill-set and plays a strong two-way game that should translate well at the next level,” said Giants head scout Terry Bonner. “He’s a steady skater with a strong shot and has loads of upside moving forward.”

The team’s sixth round selection (122nd overall), forward Wyatt Cook, was described as a “legitimate scoring threat every time he takes the ice.”

The six-foot, 180-pounder from Sherwood Park, Alta., had 22 goals and 37 points for the Sherwood Park Flyers.

“He doesn’t back down from physical play, he skates hard and puts himself into great position offensively,” Bonar said.

Surrey’s Brenden Pentecost (defence, six-foot-one, 160 pounds) was selected four picks later.

Four picks later the Giants went back to British Columbia with the selection of Surrey B.C. native Brenden Pentecost.

He ias six assists in 30 games for the Delta Hockey Academy’s Bantam Prep Green program.

“Brenden is solid in all areas of the ice,” Bonner said.

“He’s not fancy, but he’s a ‘presence’ on the ice. He makes a strong first pass, defends hard and plays the game with the type of fire that we’ve been coveting in this draft.”

Delta’s Matthew Peterson was the team’s seventh round pick.

The five-foot-10 forward played this past year with the South Delta Storm bantam A1 program.

“Matthew plays the game hard all the time. He loves to score, loves to hit and demonstrates the type of leadership that will be very valuable to the Vancouver Giants moving forward,” Bonner said.

The team went south of the border in round 10, nabbing Noah Alvarez from Los Angeles in round 10.

In 52 games with the LA Jr. Kings bantam AAA program, the five-foot-nine, 146-pound forward had 24 goals and 64 points.

“Noah is tremendously skilled. He has terrific offensive instincts but has an equally impressive work-ethic,” said Giants scout Mike Green.

“We’re thrilled that he was available to us at this stage of the draft.”

And the team’s final two selections were a pair of Kyle’s, defenceman Kyle Melo (round 11) and forward Kyle Bosheck (round 12).

Melo is five-foot-11 and 170 pounds from Manitoba and had 23 goals and 40 points in 34 games with the Eastman Selects. Seven of his goals were on the power play and another two were short-handed.

“He’s the type of player that always wants the puck on his stick,” Bonner said. “He’s a leader who played top-unit power play and penalty-kill for his team. He competes hard every shift and shows no fear.”

Bochek, five-foot-seven and 146 pounds, had 14 goals and 23 points in 26 games for the Notre Dame Hounds in the CSSBHL.

“He plays the game hard. He’s willing to go into the corners to make a tough play and brings great hands and a strong shot to the table as well. He’s the kind of player that brings a little bit of everything to each game he plays,” said Giants scout Bill Gibson.



sports@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Vancouver GiantsWHL

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Retired Mission teacher and star CFL kicker charged for assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Alan Sweet taught in school district for 10 years, investigators seeking further witnesses

Members of the Abbotsford Community Action Team include (from left) Bev Olfert, Rebecca Tice, Tally Clement, Const. Mary Boonstra, Mandy Aujla, Wanda Phillips and Devinder Dherari-Sidhu. (Submitted photo)
Abbotsford group raises awareness about sexual exploitation of youth

Community Action Team uses posters, stickers and online information

The driver of a pickup truck failed to stop after knocking down a wooden fence on March 3, 2021. (screen grab)
VIDEO: Footage catches pick-up driver smashing fence on Abbotsford/Langley border

Driver came forward after video circulated on social media

Free Reformed Church is seen as people attend service, in Chilliwack, B.C., on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. Lawyers for the British Columbia government and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms are back in B.C. Supreme Court today, squaring off over the legality of COVID-19 rules that prohibit in-person religious services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. top doctor has power to restrict access to a place during health hazard: lawyer

Under B.C.’s Public Health Act, Jacqueline Hughes says, Henry can restrict or prevent entry to a place

Photo by Dale Klippenstein
Two men taken to hospital after fight on Keeping Road in Abbotsford

One of the men suffers serious injuries in incident on Thursday night

The James C Richardson Pipe Band marches in a Remembrance Day parade on Nov. 11, 2019 in Chilliwack. Wednesday, March 10 is International Bagpipe Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of March 7 to 13

International Bagpipe Day, Wash Your Nose Day and Kidney Day are all coming up this week

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

The family of injured Willoughby resident Ronald Gerald Jesso is hoping someone saw something that will help solve the mystery of how he came to be so badly hurt on the morning of Feb. 22. Jesso is still in hospital. (Jesso family/Special to Langley Advance Times)
An appeal to help solve the mystery of an injured Langley man

Family of Ronald Gerald Jesso asks witnesses to come forward

During a press event on March 6, Const. Alex Berube, media relations officer for the West Shore RCMP, addressed a deadly shooting that occurred in Metchosin the night before. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
VIDEO: One man shot dead on Vancouver Island in ‘targeted incident’

Highway 14 reopens following multi-hour closure for investigation

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C. RCMP Lower Mainland District officer, Asst. Commissioner Stephen Thatcher presents RCMP blankets to (from left) Chief James Hobart, Chief Maureen Chapman, Chief Derek Epp and Chief Mark Point. (RCMP)
Historic agreement significantly expands Indigenous role in Lower Mainland policing

Community Safety Agreement builds relationship of ‘trust, communication and prevention,’ says Chief

Most Read