The Tri-City Americans took a mix of players Thursday in the annual Western Hockey League bantam draft, and even worked in a trade for a veteran defenseman.
The Americans, with the sixth overall pick in the draft, selected right wing Sasha Mutala from Burnaby, British Columbia, then added defenseman Mitchell Brown with their second-round pick.
In all, Tri-City drafted five forwards, three defensemen and one goalie through 10 rounds.
The Kootenay Ice had the first overall pick, and took left wing Peyton Krebs, the younger brother of Americans defenseman Dakota Krebs.
The Americans’ traded their third-round pick to the Prince Albert Raiders for overage defenseman Dalton Yorke, a 6-foot-3, 213-pound native of Maple Ridge, British Columbia.
Mutala scored 97 goals in 64 games for Burnaby Winter Club Bantam A1. He finished the season with 197 points and led his team to the Western Bantam Championship where he was named Most Valuable Player.
2016 Bantam draft
Tri-City Americans selections
First round — (6) Sasha Mutala, RW, 6-0, 176, Burnaby, British Columbia. Second round — (29) Mitchell Brown, D, 6-1, 188, Salmon Arm, British Columbia. Fourth round (68, from Vancouver) — Blake Stevenson F, 5-10, 155, Calgary, Alberta. Fifth round — (95) Kash Rasmussen, F, 5-10, 135, Cochrane, Alberta; (105, from Red Deer) Bryan McAndrews, D, 6-3, 193, Edmonton, Alberta. Eighth round — (161) Connor Bouchard, F, 5-5, 150, Cochrane, Alberta. Ninth round — (183) Zachary Okabe, F, 5-6, 161, Okotoks, Alberta; (196, from Kelowna) Xavier Cannon, G, 6-3, 216, Kamloops, British Columbia. 10th round — (205) Rajvir Sangha, D, 5-10, 169, Calgary Alberta.