There is a downside to finishing atop the league standings.
And that payback comes at today's WHL Bantam Draft, where the Calgary Hitmen hold the 22nd, and final, pick in the opening round.
The Hitmen, who sent their second-round pick to Moose Jaw in the Joel Broda/Tomas Karpov trade, won't pick again until the 56th-overall selection.
The Portland Winter Hawks hold the top pick and could be interested in top-ranked Calgary product Matt Dumba, a d-man who played with the Calgary bantam AAA Bronks this season.
The Moose Jaw Warriors, Chilliwack Bruins, Red Deer Rebels and Regina Pats -- the only other clubs who didn't qualify for the playoffs -- hold picks two through five.
The Hitmen selected D Peter Kosterman with their first pick a year ago.
Kosterman helped the Calgary Buffaloes reach the Telus Cup final last weekend.
HITMEN HIT THE AIRWAVES
The Hitmen are finally on the tube.
The WHL Championship will be broadcast on Shaw.
Due to a half-hour pre-game show, the Game 1 start time will be at 7:30 p.m.
The Hitmen would set a WHL record if they win their 13th straight game tomorrow night at the Saddledome ... Kelowna Rockets sniper Jamie Benn, who played for Team Canada at the world junior tourney, leads all playoff scorers in goals (11) and points (28) in 16 games ... Teammate Cody Almond is next with 22 points ... Hitmen forward Joel Broda (plus-18) and defenceman Michael Stone (plus-17) are tops in the plus/minus category ... Rockets G Mark Guggenberger is 12-4 in the post-season with a 2.21 GAA and .906 save percentage. Hitmen start Martin Jones is sporting a 1.73 GAA and .917 save percentage to go along with his unblemished 12-0 record.