The Virden Oil Capitals are very excited to announce the auto-protect selections of defenseman Hudson Davidson and forward Tyson Draper ahead of the annual MJHL Prospect Draft being held in Winnipeg on June 4th.
Davidson, a right-handed defenseman, played this last season for the U18 Yellowhead Chiefs where he suited up in 43 regular season games and had 2 goals and 4 assists. He added 1 assist in 3 playoff games for the Chiefs who lost in the first round of the Manitoba AAA U18 playoffs to the Pembina Valley Hawks.
Draper, a right-handed forward, spent last season with the newly formed Westman Bandits in the Winnipeg AAA U17 league. Draper played in 34 regular season games and had an impressive 25 goals and 33 assists for 58 points and helped the first-year team to a playoff berth and a first-round win against the Eastman Selects. They would lose in the second round to the eventual league champion Winnipeg Bruins and Draper finished the playoffs with 8 goals and 4 assists in only 7 games.
GM and Head Coach Tyson Ramsey was very excited to add both players to the organization.
“Anytime you add good players and good people, not to mention local players, to your team, it is a good day”, said Ramsey. “In Hudson, we get a guy that has really developed into a great player over the last couple of seasons through his work ethic on and off the ice. He is a big solid body that looks to make a good first pass and plays the game with hard work and determination. He is always looking to improve and we are excited about his potential.
Ramsey had this to say about Draper, “Tyson is a very hard-working player that has the ability to score”, said Ramsey. “He has scored at every level and is not afraid to go to the hard areas of the rink to get things done. He had a great season with the Bandits in a very competitive league and we think he is only going to get better with his work ethic, grit, and skill.”
“Both boys are great players who we feel will be very hard to play against in our league and on top of that, they are outstanding young men who will fit right into the culture that we have built here in Virden. We would like to welcome both Hudson and Tyson, along with their families, to the Oil Caps organization.”
The auto-protect selections come ahead of the annual MJHL Prospect Draft which will be held in Winnipeg on Sunday, June 4th starting at 9:00 am. The Oil Caps will have 8 selections in the draft and you can stay up to date on all the action through the Oil Caps’ and the MJHL’s social media channels and websites.