Six of the players aged 19 and under on Team WHL hail from Manitoba, one of such players is current Brandon Wheat Kings team Captain Stelio Mattheos (Winnipeg). 10 of the players on Team WHL have been selected in the first or second round of the past NHL Entry Drafts, while 15 total players have already been drafted, and four are eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft.
The other five Manitobans on the squad are Moose Jaw’s Jett Woo (Winnipeg) and Josh Brook (Roblin), Everett’s Connor Dewar (The Pas), Portland’s Cody Glass (Winnipeg) and Lethbridge’s Calen Addison (Brandon). All six Manitobans are prominent players on their respective WHL clubs, with Cody Glass leading the way as the Vegas Golden Knights’ first ever first round selection, sixth overall in 2017.
Glass currently has four goals and 20 points in nine games for the Winterhawks this season, while Mattheos has 12 goals and 19 points in 11 games. Defenceman Calen Addison has a goal and 13 points in 13 games, while fellow blueliner Jett Woo has two points in six games. Moose Jaw teammate Josh Brook has four goals and 11 points in seven regular season games, while Connor Dewar has eight goals and 15 points in 10 contests for the Silvertips this season.
The six-game mini series features Team WHL playing the Russians in games one and two from Kamloops and Vancouver on November 5th and 6th, while the OHL and QMJHL will play Team Russia in games three through six. The 22-man WHL club will certainly have its hands full against the Russian squad that lost the series finale in a shootout to Team QMJHL in 2017.