Rebels swing trade, select nine at 2017 WHL Bantam Draft

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
May 4, 2017 - 4:18pm

The Red Deer Rebels had a busy day at the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft in Calgary.

The Rebels selected nine 2002-born players in the draft, and made a trade to reacquire a familiar face.

Mason McCarty makes his way back to Red Deer from the Saskatoon Blades, in exchange for the Rebels 2nd round selection in Thursday’s draft (31st overall).

Originally selected by the Rebels in the fourth round of the 2012 Bantam Draft, McCarty was shipped to Saskatoon in the December 2014 trade that brought Nelson Nogier to Red Deer. Now 20-years-old, McCarty will be counted on to provide veteran leadership for a club that has long held him in high regard.

We spoke with Rebels Asst. GM Shaun Sutter, who shared his thoughts on what his team was able to accomplish at the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft:

 

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Rebels 2017 WHL Bantam Draft Selections

Ethan Rowland
Forward                               
1st round, 22nd overall
Calgary, AB
Height: 5'8” Weight: 146 lbs
Calgary Northstars (39 points, 34 games in 2016-17)

Jordan Borysiuk
Forward               
3rd round, 63rd overall
Mannville, AB
Height: 5'10” Weight: 165 lbs
POE Kelowna (40 points, 30 games)

Kyler Kovich
Forward
4th round, 78th overall
Vancouver, BC
Height: 5'10” Weight: 165 lbs
Burnaby Winter Club

Jace Isley
Defence
5th round, 107th overall
Grande Prairie, AB
Height: 5'11” Weight: 161 lbs
OHA Edmonton (15 points, 23 games)

Jaxsen Wiebe
Forward
7th round, 141st overall
Moose Jaw, SK
Height: 5'9” Weight: 143 lbs
Moose Jaw AA (40 points, 27 games)

Chase Leslie
Defence
8th round, 163rd overall
Camrose, AB
Height: 5'10” Weight: 134 lbs
Camrose (13 points, 32 games)

Nickolas de Beurs
Forward
8th round, 176th overall
Cochrane, AB
Height: 5'10” Weight: 159 lbs
Airdrie (19 points, 24 games)

Anthony Williams
Defence               
9th round, 185th overall
Trail, BC
Trail AA

Blake Gustafson
Defence
10th round, 207th overall
Sherwood Park, AB
Height: 5'11” Weight: 150 lbs
Sherwood Park (7 points, 21 games)

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