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Oil Capitals auto protect D Ty Plaisier in preparation for the 2020 MJHL Bantam Draft

The Virden Oil Capitals are extremely proud to announce that they have auto protected defenseman Ty Plaisier of Virden ahead of the 2020 MJHL Bantam Draft. The 6’0”, 160lb left shot defenseman played his minor hockey in Virden and then spent the last 2 seasons with the AAA Bantam Southwest Cougars. This past season Plaisier suited up in 36 games for the Cougars and put up 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points while donning the captain’s ‘C’.
Plaisier is a leader on and off the ice and Oil Capitals Head Scout, Brian Elder, was very happy to be able to add a multidimensional talent like Plaisier to the Oil Caps protected list, “We are thrilled to be able to auto protect a talent like Ty. Our scouting staff believes he would have been a first rounder in this year’s draft. Everyone that watches Ty can see his talent on the ice but what some people may not know about him is his drive and leadership on and off the ice. He is a great kid that competes hard every time he touches the ice, whether it is a practice or a game. He’s a winner that checked off every box for us.” said Elder.
GM and Head Coach Tyson Ramsey was also excited to add Plaisier to a deep list of prospects, “We are extremely fortunate to be able to add a player like Ty to our organization. He is a smooth skating blueliner that moves the puck well and competes hard in all situations. He is a natural leader on and off the ice and we very excited to see him in an Oil Capitals jersey down the road. It is a great day when we can add a local player of Ty’s calibre and such a great family to our hockey club!”
Plaisier was very excited to join the team he grew up watching, “Ever since I was little I’ve always been around the Oil Caps. We had a billet at our house for 4 years and different Oil Cap players were always coming out to our minor hockey practices. It has been a team I have wanted to play on for as long as I can remember.”
The auto protect selection is the first step in the draft process for the Oil Caps. This is the first year that the Oil Caps will receive an additional pick in the draft by only adding one auto protect instead of the typical 2 players. This rule, which was instated just this season, allows teams additional picks in a new 7th and 8th rounds of the draft if they don’t use both auto protect spots.
The 2020 MJHL draft, which is typically held in June, will take place this Sunday April 26th at 9:00 am and due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 will take place remotely. The Oil Caps will have 6 picks in this year’s draft (1st,2nd,3rd,6th,6th, and 8th) and are looking forward to adding to their already deep list of prospects.
“We are really looking forward, as always, to the bantam draft. Our scouting staff, led by our Head Scout Brian Elder and Assistant GM Marc Berry, have again put together a great list of prospects and we are excited about adding some quality young players to our hockey club. As an organization we feel the draft and building our team through the draft is extremely important in the process of winning an MJHL championship. I am very proud of the work our scouting staff does on a yearly basis and this is their time to shine. We are really excited about Sunday.”, said Ramsey.
Stay tuned next week for a report on the Oil Caps selections in the 2020 MJHL Bantam draft and meet the newest members of your Virden Oil Capitals.