Broncos select Manitoba duo in opening round of 2021 WHL Prospects Draft

The Swift Current Broncos selected a forward and defenseman from Manitoba with their two first-round picks in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft.

The Broncos used the sixth overall pick to select forward Clarke Caswell out of Brandon, Manitoba. The 5’10’’ forward had 24 points in five games with the RHA Kelowna U15 Prep team last season. He has 23 goals and 28 assists in 20 games with the Brandon U18 AAA Wheat Kings this season.

The Broncos followed with the seventh pick when they selected defenseman Josh Fluker. The 5’10 product of Boissevain, MB has five goals and 11 assists in 19 games with the Southwest U18 AAA Cougars this season.

The Spokane Chiefs opened the draft by selecting Saskatoon forward Berkly Catton with the first overall pick.

The Broncos added Kelowna’s Maddix McCagherty with the 25th overall pick. The 5’11’’ forward has four goals and 12 assists in 13 games with the Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna U18 team this season. He posted seven goals and 14 assists in five games with the U15 Prep team last season.

They used the 45th pick to select forward Otto Hanson. The 6’1’’ Calgary product has two goals and six assists in 19 games with the Edge School U18 Prep team in the CSSHL this season. He had two goals and four assists in six games with the U15 Prep team last season.

The Broncos utilized the 48th pick to procure their first Saskatchewan player of the 2021 draft in Dawson Gerwing. The 6’2’’ Meadow Lake product has seven goals and 11 assists in 22 games with the Battlefords U18 AAA Stars.

The Broncos grabbed a goaltender with the 70th overall pick. They selected 6’0’’ Ethan Simcoe out of Lac Du Bonnet, MB. Simcoe has a 2.77 goals against average and a .917 save percentage in nine games with the Rink Hockey Academy Winnipeg U16 team in the CSSHL.

The Broncos added defenseman Ronan Buckberger with the 94th selection. Ronan is the son of former Broncos forward Ashley Buckberger, who was the WHL Rookie of the Year in 1991-92. He has four assists in 18 games with the Saskatoon U18 AAA Contacts this season.

The Broncos used the 180th overall pick to select a third defenseman in Prince Albert’s Luc Bourdon. The 5’8’’ Bourdon has three assists in 22 games with the Tisdale U18 AAA Trojans this season.

The Broncos drafted four forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender. They selected three players from Saskatchewan and Manitoba, one from Alberta, and one from British Columbia.