Raiders kick off draft by picking a goalie

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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The Prince Albert Raiders selected the first goaltender taken in the WHL bantam draft on Thursday in Calgary.

The Raiders picked Ian Scott with their first pick, which was ninth overall.

The young netminder played last season with the Calgary Northstar Sabres in the Alberta Bantam Hockey League, posting 3.12 goals against average and .916 save percentage.

Scott, who is 6’2”, was named the South Division’s Top Goaltender.

Raiders director of player personnel Dale Derkatch says he likes what he sees from the goalie.

“You just look at him and right away the size is there already, he is very athletic and moves well in his net. If I had to compare him to someone, he is somewhat similar to Nick McBride, our goaltender right now.

 “You always start from the goaltender out. You need good goaltending and you see that throughout the playoffs.”

Selecting 52nd overall in the third round, the Raiders selected defenceman Cody Thompson.

Standing at 6'2", 196 pounds, Thompson tallied 19 points in 29 games with the Southwest Cougars of the WBAAA this season. 

In round three, the Raiders picked Penticton Vees winger Josh Maser who exploded this season with 127 points in 66 games.

The Daily Herald will continue to update the website all day as the draft continues.

Organizations: Prince Albert Raiders, Calgary Northstar Sabres, Alberta Bantam Hockey League

Geographic location: Calgary

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