Austin's powers secret

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

Austin Madaisky was glued to the Internet, hoping to see his name pop up during the first three rounds of yesterday's WHL Bantam Draft.

When the Calgary Hitmen selected the Surrey, B.C. product 14th overall, he couldn't believe his eyes.

"I'm still speechless," the 15-year-old defenceman said yesterday. "When the Calgary Hitmen first called me this morning, I could hardly talk to the guy. I'm so excited.

"It'll be unbelievable. Playing at the Saddledome, in a professional city ..."

Madaisky said he was surprised to be selected midway through the opening round.

"I thought I might go to Everett at 22, at the highest, because they called me and said they were interested. I was hoping to go in the top three rounds. That was my goal."

The 6-ft. 1-in, 165-pounder played for the Burnaby Winter Club Bruins, who won the Western Canadian Bantam Championship.

He had 17 goals and 67 points with 65 penalty minutes in 65 games.

While Madaisky didn't project as a first-rounder on many pre-draft charts, Hitmen head scout Brad Whelen said the two-way d-man was the player his club targeted from the outset.

"He probably did (fly under the radar)," said Whelen, who selected Madaisky's blueline partner Tim Daly (Maple Ridge, B.C.) with the club's sixth-round pick.

"He started the year as a raw defenceman and certainly improved throughout the year. I don't think he'll be a 70-point guy but he's a guy who can play of the powerplay when he gets older. He's a good defender who can log a lot of minutes."

Whelen said he and his staff saw Madaisky, who hopes to play for the Fraser Valley Midget AAA Hawks next season, play at least 15 times during the season.

The Hitmen took centre Mackenzi Royer (Spruce Grove; 20 goals and 41 points in 33 games) with their second-round pick. He scored the overtime winner to eliminate Lethbridge and advanced to the Western Canada championship.

"He's a good skater and puckhandler with good vision," Whelen said. "We're excited we were able to select him."

Calgary took right-winger Cody Beach (Kelowna, B.C.), the younger brother of Everett Silvertip Kyle Beach, who was named WHL rookie of the year Wednesday, in the third round. He had 19 goals and 51 points in 31 games.

"He has a little grit to his game," Whelen said. "He doesn't mind sticking his nose in there and he has some offensive skill to boot."

The Hitmen grabbed Medicine Hat goaltender Steven Komistek (4-7-2; 4.08 GAA, .844 save percentage) in the fourth round.

HIT PARADE

The Hitmen drafted D Zach Sweet (Winnipeg, Man.) in the fifth round followed by D Tim Daly (Maple Ridge, B.C.) in Round 6.

Centre Cody Sylvester (Kelowna, B.C.), the younger brother of Kootenay Ice speedster Dustin, was taken in Round 8. Rounding out the club's selections were D Reid Howe (Mossbank, Sask.), LW Luke Hill (Souris, Man.), D Derek Lashuk (Winfield, B.C.), C Willy Sakal (Calgary).

DRAFT RUNDOWN

Portland traded the first-overall choice to Moose Jaw, which took LW Quinton Howden (Oakbank, Man.). Kelowna selected C Luke Moffatt (Scottsdale, Ariz.) second while the expansion Edmonton Oil Kings grabbed Sherwood Park's Mark Pysyk. Calgary D Erik Fleming went 16th overall to Seattle.


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