Raider fans may soon see a familiar last name stitched on the back of a green jersey.
With their first overall pick in the WHL Bantam draft, the Raiders picked Kaiden Guhle.
Guhle was the consensus number one pick. Last year with the OHA Edmonton Bantam Prep he scored 17 goals and 40 points in 30 games. He was named the CSSHL top defenceman and was named to the AB Cup All-Star team.
Kaiden Guhle is the younger brother of Brendan Guhle, a former Raider third-overall pick who is now a member of the Buffalo Sabers organization.
Brendan was a fan favourite before being traded to Prince George. He has since suited up for three NHL games with the Sabers
The last time the Raiders had a first overall pick, they selected Kyle Chipchura, who went on to a successful NHL career.
With their second first-round pick, the Raiders chose Cohner Saleski 17th overall from the Saskatoon Stallions bantam AA. The forward, who hails from Warman, had 43 goals and 85 points in 30 games. He added an assist in the playoffs.
That pick was acquired in a trade from the Kelowna Rockets, which sent Reid Gardiner to B.C. in exchange for two conditional picks, in the first and fifth rounds, and a fifth round pick.
The Raiders also picked twice in the second round.
With the 25th overall pick (third in the second round), P.A. selected Ozzy Wiesblat, a centreman/right winger from Calgary.
In 32 games with the Calgary AAA Bisons, he netted 38 goals and 73 points in 32 games.
The Raiders’ second pick in the round was from Prince George. With that pick, P.A. selected Jakob Brook, a right-winger out of the Rink H.A. Nationals Bantam Prep. From Roblin, Man., Brook had 20 goals and 32 points in 27 games.
Jakob is the younger brother of Moose Jaw Warriors D Josh Brook, who is expected to be a mid-round pick in the 2017 NHL entry draft