ICE select Peyton Krebs first overall
The Kootenay ICE today selected Okotoks, Alta. forward Peyton Krebs first overall in the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Bantam Draft, held in Calgary.
Krebs,15, led the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League in scoring during the 2015-16 season, playing for the Rocky Mountain Raiders Bantam AAA, scoring 46 goals and 56 assists (102 points), along with 28 penalty minutes in just 27 games (3.77 points a game).
He is the first player selected first overall by the ICE since Jarrett Stoll in 1997.
“Our scouting staff has been watching Peyton Krebs compete at a high level for two years. He possesses an element of speed and pace that is unparalleled in his draft class,” said Garnet Kazuik, ICE Director of Scouting. “He is a passionate player whose vision on the ice allows the players around him to be better as well. We are excited to welcome Peyton and his family to the Kootenay ICE organization.
Krebs helped his club to a silver medal finish at the Western Canadian Bantam Championships and was named the AMBHL South Division Most Valuable Player and Outstanding Forward at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.
As a first-year bantam player, Krebs and the Raiders won an AMBHL championship in 2014-15. Krebs’ older brother Dakota is a Defenseman with the Tri-City Americans.
The left-shooting centre/left wing is listed at 5’11” and 164 lbs.
In the second round, the ICE selected North Vancouver goalie Jesse Makaj, 23rd overall.
The ICE selected 10 players in today’s draft. Click HERE for full details.
Five first round trades made for an interesting start to the day as 228 players in total were selected. Alberta led the way in the 27th annual WHL Bantam Draft with 74 players selected, followed by British Columbia (49), Saskatchewan (41), Manitoba (37) and the United States (25) while the Yukon and Northwest Territories each saw a player chosen.