'Pegger sixth overall

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

Cody Eakin sat down at his computer yesterday and had to hit the "refresh" button only six times before getting some great news.

The 14-year-old Winnipeg Monarchs centre was the sixth overall selection in yesterday's WHL bantam draft, going to the Swift Current Broncos.

"That sounds really good," Eakin said of being the sixth pick among the 230 players who were snapped up yesterday.

There were a total of 38 Manitobans, including 24 from Winnipeg, taken in the draft, which was held in Calgary and updated on the WHL website with each pick.

Winnipeg Sharks forward Jason Gardiner, who went eighth overall to the Tri-City Americans, was the only other first-rounder from Manitoba.

Eakin led the Winnipeg AAA Bantam Division 1 Hockey League with 34 goals this season and was fifth overall with 59 points.

"We felt Cody might have been the best skater in this year's group of forwards," Broncos assistant GM Elden Moberg said in a press release.

Eakin was waiting for his Monarchs teammate, defenceman James Martin, to show up at his house yesterday when Swift Current was about to make its second-round pick, 26th overall.

"I was watching, wondering who Swift was going to take next, and right as (Martin) pulled up to my driveway, his name popped up," said Eakin. "I was so surprised. It was really cool.

"I was like, 'We're going together!' "

Eakin even has a connection to the Broncos, as his father, Butch, played for organization from 1975-77, when they were located in Lethbridge, Alta.

"That's pretty neat," said Eakin.

Elsewhere, Monarchs centre Scott Glennie, who led his team with 63 points in 29 games, got the best of both worlds yesterday. He was taken relatively early (29th overall) and went to the only WHL team from Manitoba (the Brandon Wheat Kings).

"It's close to home, they're going to be a good team two years from now, and it just feels awesome," Glennie beamed yesterday.

Glennie, who was planning to celebrate with Eakin and Martin last night, was happy to be off to the Wheat City because he originally thought he was headed out of the province.

"I thought I was going to go to Regina," said Glennie. "They called, like, five times. The GM called me last night, and I thought I was going to Regina, and I ended up going to Brandon, which I think is even better."

The only other second-rounder from Manitoba was Sharks left-winger Adam Hughesman, who went 28th overall to Tri-City.

The Wheat Kings took Saskatoon product Brayden Schenn with their first pick, ninth overall. The 6-foot, 175-pound forward tallied 65 goals and 108 points in 43 games for a AA bantam team this past winter.

Brandon made 13 selections in the 15-round draft, including five from Manitoba.

The Spokane Chiefs had the first overall selection and took Saskatoon defenceman Jared Cowen.


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