The MJHL held its 2015 Bantam Draft on Sunday, June 7th in Neepawa. With a very strong group of players to choose from, the Blues organization were very happy with the selection they made.
With their first pick, 9th overall, Winnipeg chose forward Marcus Sekundiak of Oak Bluff. Sekundiak suited up for the Central Plains Capitals AAA this past season. Scouts were really impressed with the 5’9″, 140 pounder who has great skills, good skater, and never takes a shift off. Sekundiak was used in all situations and was a threat to score every time he stepped on the ice.
In round two, the Blues had the 20th pick and chose 6’0″, 155 pound defenseman Nick Cicek. Cicek, a Winnipegger, played for the Winnipeg Monarchs AAA last season and is a big, good skating defenseman that plays a physical game. He has great vision on the ice, making good first passes out of the defensive zone, and can play in all situations.
After having no picks in the 3rd round, Winnipeg selected goaltender Wyatt Emes 40th overall in the fourth round. Emes, from Anola, protected the pipes for the Eastman Selects AAA. The scouts really like the complete level from Emes who battles hard and never gives up on the puck. Great rebound control, a good glove hand, and great positioning helped Emes improve every game this season.
With a second fourth round pick that the Blues acquired from Virden, Winnipeg stayed with the goalies, selecting 6’2″, 185 pound Adam Swan. Swan, from Ashern, played for Interlake Lightning last season. The scouts love the size of Swan, and combined with good vision, great rebound control, and great movement it makes Swan a very hard goaltender to score on.
In round five, Winnipeg selected forward Codey Behun with the 53rd overall pick. Codey’s work ethic on the ice, good skating, and how well he sees the ice were all evident last season while he suited up with the Winnipeg Sharks.
With their Auto Protected List the Blues protected forward Cedric Chenier from the Winnipeg Monarchs. Chenier is a very skilled player that sees the ice well and has a great concept of the little things of the game. The 5’9″, 156 pound Winnipeg product is a threat to score in all situations and a great team mate and leader.
The Blues also protected Riley Cusack from the Monarchs. Cusack is a big (6’0″, 185 pound) defenseman who has a great shot. Makes good decisions when firing pucks to the net and can play in all situations.