The Dauphin Kings added 11 players to its program, Saturday, when the Manitoba Junior Hockey League held its draft of first-year U18 players.
Dauphin used its first-round pick, 12th overall, to select forward Gavin Nemis of East St. Paul.
Nemis, five-foot, nine-inches tall weighing 130-pounds, played for the Rink Hockey Academy (RHA) Winnipeg U16 prep team in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League last season, scoring 14 goals and 25 points in 36 games.
In the second round, Dauphin selected forward Rhett Perrin of Morden, 20th overall.
Playing for the RHA Winnipeg U15 prep team, the six-foot, 170-pound Perrin tallied 14 goals and 29 points in 32 games.
In the third round, the Kings stayed in the Parkland, taking Parkland Rangers forward Hayden Seib of Russell, 37th overall.
Seib, six-feet, weighing 160-pounds, scored 13 goals and 26 points in 44 games with the Rangers last season.
Dauphin then selected Onanole’s Max Collyer in the fourth round, 50th overall after the six-foot, 172-pound forward netted four goals and 12 points in 43 games with the Yellowhead Chiefs of the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League.
In round five, with the 67th overall pick, Dauphin selected Winnipegger Dylan Jaquet, the younger brother of former Kings defenceman Colby Jaquet.
The younger Jaquet had 11 goals and 25 points in 33 games with the Winnipeg Bruins U17 team.
Dauphin had four picks in the sixth round, beginning with the 76th pick which was used to take defenceman Spencer Sabourin of St. Jean Baptiste.
The five-foot, eight-inch, 152-pound rearguard had one goal and one assist in 42 games with the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League’s Pembina Valley Hawks last season.
With the next pick, 77th overall, Dauphin selected forward Declan Hoad of Brandon.
In 33 games with the U17 Wheat Kings, Hoad scored seven times and had 13 points.
Five picks later, with the 82nd overall selection, the Kings took defenceman Zhenya Miles of Winnipeg, who played for the Kelowna RHA U16 prep team last season, where the six-foot, 146-pounder scored four goals and 22 points in 31 games.
With the next pick, 83rd overall, Dauphin took Winnipeg’s Ethan Cull of the RHA Winnipeg U16 prep squad.
The five-foot, seven-inch, 134-pound forward had four goals and seven points in 31 games, last season.
Dauphin then took Josh Fluker of Boissevain in the seventh round, 96th overall.
The five-foot, 10-inch, 134-pound defenceman had six goals and 20 points in 38 games with the Southwest Cougars of the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League and added five assists in 10 games with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos.
Another members of the Cougars went to Dauphin in the eight round, 109th overall, when the Kings selected forward Jackson Hofer.
In 28 games with Southwest, the Deloraine native scored twice and recorded four points.
Kings head coach and general manager Doug Hedley said they wanted to get the best possible player available.
“Anytime you draft, it depends on the guys drafting ahead of you which direction you go in. When the Nemis kid and the Perrin kid were both available in the first two rounds, they were our guys. We got two of our top five picks,” he said. “They’ve got speed. They’ve got skill. They can both skate real well.”
Forwards were a need that Hedley filled with eight selected in the draft, compared to just three defencemen.
“Our backend is decent with the ‘04s and ‘05s right now. So we thought we could probably top up the forwards section,” he said.
The Kings will play host to the annual Par 3 Extravaganza, Saturday at the Gilbert Plains Country Club. The annual general meeting will be held, June 23, at 7 p.m. in the Aspen Lodge at the Parkland Recreation Complex. The Manitoba Junior Hockey League prospects camp will be in July in Winnipeg.
Hedley made his first deal of the offseason, acquiring goaltender Cole Sheffield from the French River Rapids of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League for future considerations.
The 18-year-old native of London, Ont., posted a 13-15-1 record in 31 games, with a 3.75 GAA and .904 save percentage.
Hedley said if starter Carson Cherepak gets a Division 1 scholarship, last year’s backup Keaton Woolsey would become the starter for next season and Sheffield would be in line for the backup position. If Cherepak returns to the Kings next season, however, Woolsey has indicated he has no interest in being a 19-year-old backup, opening the door for Sheffield.
“It was a good move for us. This kid is very good,” Hedley stated.