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Western Hockey League holds drafts for 2007-born players, who can join league in 2023-24 season.

The Portland Winterhawks selected six forwards and five defensemen during the 2022 Western Hockey League Prospect Draft, held May 19.

With their first-round pick (No. 18), the Winterhawks chose forward Graham Jones, who had 33 goals and 81 points in 30 games with RINK Hockey Academy Winnipeg's U15 program.

This is the first time Portland has made a first-round pick since selecting Gabe Klassen 19th in 2018. Seth Jarvis was the No. 11 pick in 2017, Cody Glass 19th in 2014 and Nic Petan 16th in 2010)

Players drafted this week cannot play full-time in the WHL until the 2023-24 season.

Draft-eligible players were born in 2007 and live in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Portland's other picks:

Forward Kyle McDonough, Airdrie, Alberta (40th); forward Ryan Miller, Medicine Hat, Alberta (66th); defenseman Kayd Ruedig, Humboldt, Saskatchewan (84th); forward Luke Myhre, Dauphin, Manitoba (106th); defenseman Callum Stone, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (113th); defenseman Simon Garchinski, Martensville, Saskatchewan (128th); defenseman Trevor Oishi, West Vancouver, British Columbia (194th); forward Tyce Penrod, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (216th); defenseman Griffin Brown, San Jose, California (238th); forward Mario Fate, Omaha Nebraska (260th).

Also this week, the Winterhawks made two selections in the WHL's U.S. Priority Draft: forward Gavin Kor from Rochester, Minnesota and defenseman Garrett Lindberg from Moorhead, Minnesota.


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