The WHL held their Bantam Draft today. Here's a listing of the American kids that got selected.
Round 1, 11th overall Everett- Seth Jones, Dallas, Texas
Round 3, 53rd overall Kelowna-Cole Martin, Arlington, Texas
Round 4, 68th overall Portland-AJ Michaelson, Apple Valley, Minnesota
Round 5, 97th overall Medicine Hat- Luke Johnson, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Round 5, 98th overall Kamloops-Chase Souto, Yorba Linda, California
Round 7, 144th overall Seattle- Johnny Dora, Erie, Colorado
Round 7, 152nd overall Vancouver-Matias Cleland, Longmont, Colorado
Round 7, 153rd overall Vancouver-Dennis Kravchenko, San Clemente, California
Round 8, 156th overall Portland-Josh Hanson, Anchorage, Alaska
Round 8, 161st overall Everett-Josh Racek, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Round 8 171st overall Kelowna- Nicholas Kerdiles, Irvine, California
Ok,there's a lot of these. I'm shortening it a little...
Austin Carroll, Scottsdale, Arizona, Nikolas Olsson, Escondido, California, Gavin Stoick, Portland, Oregon, Chris Buchanan, San Jose, California, Austin Ho, Chino Hill, California,
Quentin Shore, Denver, Colorado, Nicholas Anderson, San Jose, California, Darrin Robinson, Aurora, Colorado, Luke McColgan, Manhattan Beach, California, Drew Newmeyer, Scottsdale, Arizona, Dillon Bogart, Spokane, Washington
Jake Montgomery, Oakdale, Minnesota,
Zane Schartz, Plano, Texas
Dan Kowalski, Centennial, Colorado
All in all, it looks like fairly good news. Seth Jones went in the first round of the draft to Everett, so it looks good that he'll sign with them.
Otherwise, everyone else seems to have went low enough that it doesn't look like they'll be signing immediately. Cleland seems to have went much lower than people had him ranked, while Henrik Samuelsson wasn't picked at all.
The only kids out of that group that I've seen are AJ Michaelson, Jake Montgomery,and Drew Newmeyer, and they were all talented, but being '94 birthdates, it's too early to draw any big conclusions. If nothing else, it gives people a good base to start following this age group.