The Swift Current Broncos have made two big additions to the future of their roster.
The selected Edmonton born defenceman Joel Sexsmith and Vernon born foward Ben King.
"We're very happy with what we came out with," said Broncos Director of Hockey Operations Jamie Porter. "We were targetting a d-man and a forward. Both of them were available so you can't ask for more than you wanted going in."
Sexsmith is listed at 6'0 and 159lbs coming out of the Rink Hockey Academy Bantam Prep team in the CSSHL.
He put up 4 goals and 12 assists in 30 games.
"Joel is an exceptional skater," Porter said. "He has very good vision, handles the puck well, a soid defender and plays a very aggressive style. We love his mental make-up and character. Joel fit every category we were looking at."
The Broncos expect him to be a top pairing guy for them in the future.
"We see him as a top two guy," Porter said. "He can play in every situation. I don't think there's a limit to his offence either. He certainly can defend but I mean he does jump up in the rush, he is involved offensively and it's nice to see a guy that is well rounded in his game."
Sexsmith was ranked 10th by the Western Elite Hockey Prospect Newsletter. This is how the newsletter described him:
"Is a big and solid defensive defenseman who takes care of his own end and plays a controlled game. He is a very good skater and is a good presence in front of his own goal in clearing pucks and ability to know where the play is developing."
King scored 16 goals and 30 assists in 22 games with the Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Prep team in the CSSHL.
He is also listed at 6'0 and 159lbs.
"We think he's a true leader," Porter said. "He's a solid two-way guy. He's got offence, he's good away from the puck and he plays multiple roles. He's going to fit any slot that we're looking for in the years to come."
King played some time on the blue line with POE when they ran into number issues.
"We project him as a forward absolutely," Porter said. "There were some circumstances where the team was short. They needed someone to go back and he did it very well. I think it's a small piece of what he is. It's nice to know tha the can do that, but he's certainly going to be a forward for us. We project him to be a top six forward at some point in his career. We see a tremendous amount of upside.
The Western Elite Hockey Prospect Newsletter described him in a similar fashion:
"A very solid forward who can play in any situation and on any line. Can play a complimentary role on a skill line or be used in a checking role where we believe he would flourish. Has so much versatility as he can play forward, defensive which makes him extremely valuable."
The Broncos pick in the third round and don't select again after that until the sixth round.
Stay with Swift Current Online for more details on the draft as it continues today.