A few Fort Saskatchewan Rangers were recently picked in the WHL draft.
The 2021 WHL Prospects Draft wrapped up on Thursday (Dec.9) with three local players, Kyle Marsden, Ismail Abougouche and Brendan McFatridge, signing a WHL Standard Player Agreement.
In total, 214 players were selected by WHL member clubs, including 119 forwards, 71 defencemen, and 24 goaltenders.
The draft was initially supposed to take place in May, however, it was rescheduled to December to give players more time to be evaluated after COVID-19 disrupted the 2020-21 season.
Marsden was selected fifth in the sixth round by the Winnipeg Ice. Before he was a Ranger, the 6'2", 190lb defenceman played for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons U15 AA team during the 2019-20 season and spent the 2020-21 season with Northern Alberta U15 prep.
Abougouche will be heading to Kelowna after being selected 16th in the 12th round of the draft. Abougouche, from Lac La Biche, has been affiliated with the Rangers since 2019 and plays defence on the U16 team.
McFatridge was also selected by the Kelowna Rockets, 12th in the ninth round of the draft. The 15-year-old forward is from Fort Saskatchewan and has scored 11 goals and has 12 assists with the U16 Rangers this season.
Players eligible for this year's draft were 2006-born players living in Alberta B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.