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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 16:43

Broncos draft picks have potential

Written by  Brad Brown
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Tyler Steenbergen was the Swift Current Broncos’ first pick, 12th overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, following in the footsteps of the team’s other No. 12 picks Chris Low, Paul Postma and Reece Scarlett.

Here are head scout Jamie Porter’s thoughts on Swift Current’s other nine selections.
34th: LW Cole Johnson (5-foot-10, 186 pounds) Lloydminster Heat (33 games, 40 goals, 31 assists, 71 points)
“Cole’s got the whole package. He’s a gritty, two-way forward, he’s hard-nosed and at the same time he has puck skills and can finish. It’s not often a guy scores 40 goals and leads the province in penalty minutes.”
56th: D Matthew Parsons (6-1, 160) Humboldt Broncos (22-4-12-16)
“Parsons is a good-sized guy that can skate and he handles the puck well. He is a little raw, but he does everything fairly well and his game is just starting to incline. Playing for the Prince Albert Mintos in AAA next year is going to bode well for him.
93rd: D Jacob Thomas (5-11, 148) SSAC Lions (31-2-13-15)
“Playing with a player like David Quennville can do nothing but improve you as a player … Quennville would go up ice all the time and Jacob would stay back to look after things in his own end … To be consistently paired with him all year by your coaching staff tells you the coaching staff really believed in him.”
100th: G Hunter Lorenson (5-8, 165) MLAC (13 wins, 4 losses, 1 tie, .915 save %)
“We liked Hunter a lot for his athletic ability, he has a real strong compete level and we know he’s not done growing.”
144th: RW Owen Seidel (5-9, 150) Burnaby Winter Club
“Owen comes from one of the elite bantam programs in Western Canada … and he put up pretty good numbers, 29 goals and 60 points, but he probably was not a top six forward on a deep bantam team so he had some serious defensive responsibilities too.”
188th: D Dalton Angeltvedt (6-0, 160) Lloydminster Heat (29-1-6-7)
“Another good-sized guy. He makes a good first pass, he defends very well and he played on a Lloydminster bantam team that had a lot of success this year … he’s another guy that very good and progressed as the season went on. He’s mobile and he understands the game.”
210th: LW Brandon Biro (5-6, 115) Sherwood Park Flyers (30-28-36-64)
“Biro hasn’t even hit a growth spurt yet at all, but he put up excellent numbers in Sherwood Park as a guy we liked all winter long. Once we got some background we saw there was some growth potential and his character references were excellent.”
232nd: LW Ryan Sokoloski (5-10, 140) Winnipeg Sharks
“Sokoloski had a real good final couple of months in Winnipeg. He can really skate. He may not have put up huge numbers but if nothing else he’s a two-way guy that you’ll be able to use his speed maybe in a penalty-killing role.”
248th: D Matthew Stanley (5-10, 163) Interlake Lightning (54-2-4-6)
“His dad is (former NHLer) Daryl Stanley so he’s got some bloodlines. He’s an intelligent guy and he’s very poised with the puck.”

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