Chiefs pick defenseman in first round of WHL Bantam Draft


by Spokane Chiefs

Posted on April 29, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 29 at 6:32 PM

EDMONTON -- The Spokane Chiefs selected defenseman Tyler King-Cunningham with their first round pick (17th overall) in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft on Thursday. 

King-Cunningham played for the Notre Dame Bantam team in Saskatchewan last year and scored 14 goals and 43 points in 25 games. He added another five goals and 13 points in seven playoff games.

“He is a good sized kid (6'0" 180lbs.) that shows poise and character,” Chiefs Director of Player Personnel Chris Moulton said.  “He’s a good skater who is steady and responsible. He’s not afraid to jump up offensively and is very good in all three zones.  He plays with confidence.

“We had Tyler rated higher than we selected him and we were excited to see him at 17. There were a lot of good players taken in the first round and we got someone who we are very comfortable with and happy to have in our organization,” Moulton finished.

King-Cunningham is the second defenseman in as many years and third in the last five to be taken with the Chiefs first round pick. Jared Cowen was selected first overall in 2006 and Reid Gow was taken 16th overall last year.

Below is a list of the Chiefs 2010 WHL Bantam Draft picks:

RD       PICK   NAME                                   POS    HT       WT    
1          17        Tyler King-Cunningham      D     6’0”      174
3          58        Riley Whittingham               RW   6’0”      165
4          83        Nakeh Lamothe                   LW   6’0”      160
5          105      Brett Lewchuk                       G    5’10”     140
6          126      Bo Pellah                               D    5’10”     140
6          127      Tyson Predinchuk                F      6’2”      160
6          129      Jeremy McIntosh                  D     6’1”      160
7          149      Cade Owad                           F     5’10”     170
8          171      Jason Fram                           D    5’11”     175
9          193      Jakub Romo                         F       5’9”      156