The Tri-City Americans finished the season ranked second in the final CHL poll.
Tri-City, which was third last week, was ranked behind the Saint John Sea Dogs. The London Knights were third and the Edmonton Oil Kings fourth. The Shawinigan Cataractes rounded out the top five.
The Portland Winterhawks finished seventh and the Kamloops Blazers ninth.
Thunderbirds: Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard joined the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League for the remainder of their season.
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The Monsters are the AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche. Pickard was selected by the Avalanche in the second round, 49th overall, in the 2010 NHL draft.
Pickard played in 64 games this season, posting a 27-35-1-1 record with five shutouts. Pickard established two WHL records this season -- the all-time leader in minutes played with 14,025 and the all-time saves leader with 7,727.
Bantam draft: The Thunderbirds will select first in the 2012 bantam draft after winning the draft lottery Wednesday. They will select third in all subsequent rounds.
The Americans, with the second-best record in the league, will draft 21st in all rounds.