When the WHL bantam draft rolls around next week, Taylor Vickerman of Kennewick could find himself on the receiving end of a phone call that could help him advance his hockey career.
Vickerman, a 6-foot, 175-pound freshman at Kamiakin, played forward for the Spokane Jr. Chiefs bantam AAA team, which finished the season 43-18-3.
Vickerman just returned from the WHL’s U.S. Prospects Camp in Anaheim, Calif. He was one of 84 players invited to the sixth annual camp, which was highly attended by GMs, scouts and coaches from all 22 WHL teams.
“He is good, but I can’t speak as to if he will get drafted,” said Tyler Boldt, the WHL’s manager of player recruitment. “I don’t really know what the teams think of him. He was in the top three forwards. I saw him play during the year and he was a good player on a good team.
“At the camp, he was a big kid with a good shot and he was a good skater. He doesn’t blow you away with his speed, but he has a skilled set of hands and at his age, that makes him a good prospect.”