Broncos add 11 prospects, make two trades during 2022 WHL Prospects Draft
Swift Current, Sask. – The 2022 WHL Prospects Draft was held Thursday, and the Broncos added 11 prospects to the organization while also making a pair of trades.
The Broncos began the day by trading the fifth overall pick, along with a 2024 fourth-round selection, to the Regina Pats in exchange for the sixth and 54th overall picks.
With that sixth overall pick the Broncos drafted defenceman Peyton Kettles from Rink Hockey Academy’s U15 team in Winnipeg. Kettles, from Winnipeg, is a 6’3’’, 155-pound right-shot defenceman and served as RHA’s captain during the 2021-22 season while scoring 35 points (9-26-35) in 30 games. Kettles’s father, Kyle, was a three-year goalie in the WHL with Medicine Hat and Moose Jaw from 1999-2002 and a seventh-round pick of the Nashville Predators in 1999.
Swift Current then made another trade, acquiring the 26th overall pick from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a 2023 first-round pick and the 54th overall pick.
With the newly-acquired pick the Broncos drafted right-handed defenceman Jace McFaul from the Pacific Coast Hockey Academy. The 5’8’’ Edmonton native posted 46 points (13-33-46) in 30 games during the 2021-22 season, finishing third on his team in scoring. His 46 points was third-most amongst defenceman in the U15 CSSHL age group
The Broncos then picked again at 30th overall, selecting Swift Current native Parker Rondeau. Playing for the U15 Swift Current Broncos this season, Rondeau led the team in scoring with 68 points (42-26-68) in just 31 games. He then added 16 points (7-9-16) in 10 playoff games. Rondeau is the son of Broncos alum Jeremy Rondeau, who played for the Broncos from 1995-1999.
With the 42nd overall pick the Broncos went to British Columbia, drafting North Vancouver’s Ty Coupland. The right-shot forward posted some gaudy numbers for the Vancouver Northwest Hawks, collecting 65 points (36-29-65) in just 21 games played. He then scored 14 points (7-7-14) in seven playoff games, all while serving as the Hawks captain during the 2021-22 season.
With their lone third-round pick, the Broncos stayed in Saskatchewan by drafting forward Brennan Brown of the Weyburn Wings. Already listed at 6’3’’, Brennan scored 45 points (20-25-45) in 29 games with the Wings in 2021-22. He also played five regular season games with the Moose Jaw U18 Warriors, and appeared in one playoff game at the U18 level, scoring a goal.
The Broncos next selected at 74th overall, returning to their backyard by drafting goaltender Berney Weston from the U15 Swift Current Broncos. Weston, from Gull Lake, posted a 12-4-0 record with a .922 save percentage and a 2.66 goals against average for the Broncos in 2021-22. He then went 6-4 in the playoffs, helping the Broncos reach the league final with a .918 save percentage and 2.63 goals against average.
After no picks in the fifth round, the Broncos drafted forward Levi Benson 118th overall in the sixth round. The Rosedale, B.C. native spent the 2021-22 season with Yale Hockey Academy and posted 28 points (4-24-28) in 30 games. He is the younger brother of Winnipeg ICE forward Zachary Benson.
At 140th overall in the seventh round the Broncos looked to Alberta and selected forward Jaxen Gauchier from the Grand Prairie Storm. The High Prairie, Alta. native recorded 35 points (24-11-35) in 34 games with the U15 Grand Prairie Storm. He then upped his production in the playoffs by scoring eight points (3-5-8) in 5 playoff contests.
With their ninth-round pick, 184th overall, the Broncos drafted defenceman Brennen Hocher from Edge School Prep. The left-shot defenceman picked up six points (1-5-6) in 22 games in 2021-22.
The Broncos used their 10th round selection, 206th overall, to draft a third member of the U15 Swift Current Broncos by selecting forward Wesley Olson. In 31 games with the Broncos, the Chaplin native scored 42 points (24-18-42) and then improved his offensive production in the playoffs by scoring 16 points (2-14-16) in 10 games.
With their final pick of the draft at 228th overall, the Broncos looked to Manitoba and drafted forward Jack Clark from the Southwest Cougars. In 29 games Clark scored 52 points (35-17-52) and then added 13 points (8-5-13) in six playoff games.
The Broncos would like to welcome all their new prospects and their families to the organization.