After announcing a new name for the Western Hockey League’s annual selection process in advance of last year’s event, the league has chosen a date for the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft.
Typically held in May, the former Bantam Draft has seen a two-year hiatus from its regular spring-time date. The 2020 running was bumped ahead to April and held virtually in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s event has yet to happen, but will occur in early-December.
But for 2022, the draft will return to the month of May, this time occurring on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Players born in 2007 will be eligible for the 2022 Prospects Draft, while territorial restrictions will remain in place.
Eligible geographical regions of selection include: Alberta, B.C., 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.
“The WHL Prospects Draft is traditionally held in the month of May and represents an important milestone on the annual WHL calendar,” WHL commissioner Ron Robison said. “The WHL looks forward to welcoming new prospects to our Clubs both in December of 2021 with the 2006 age group, and again next spring with the 2007-born players.”
More information on the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft will be provided later. While the 2021 United States Priority Draft is set for Wednesday, December 8, just one day before the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft, featuring 2006-born players. A significant number of Manitoba-born products are expected to be selected at both the 2021 and 2022 runnings.