Pistons welcome new faces in 2018 MJHL Bantam Draft

The Pistons capped off the MJHL Annual General Meetings this weekend by selecting a young crop of talent at the 2018 MJHL Bantam Draft in Winnipeg.

Head Coach and GM Paul Dyck, along with Head Scouts Darryl Anning and Kim Ridd, were present at the draft this year to make the selections for Steinbach.

As a result of finishing first in the regular season standings, the Pistons earned the last pick of each round in the draft. The Pistons picked twice in the 6th round of the draft, as they received the first pick (in the round) as well as the last pick of the final round due to a earlier trade with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. They did not pick in the 5th round, as that pick was dealt to the Dauphin Kings as part of the Riese Gaber deal in December.

The Pistons organization would like to congratulate all of the players drafted, and welcome them and their families to the Pistons community. We look forward to seeing them at our upcoming Rookie Camp.

Below is a recap of the 2018 Pistons selections at the MJHL Draft. They join auto-protected players D Ethan Unger and F Dawson Smith as part of Steinbach’s 2018 draft class.

Round 1 – Pick 11: Ethan Johnson

Position: Defense

Height: 5’11” Weight: 145 lbs

2017-18 Team: Winnipeg Sharks B1AAA

Stats: 32 GP, 3 G, 13 A – 16 points


Round 2 – Pick 22: Neo Kiemeney

Position: Forward

Height: 5’6” Weight: 115 lbs

2017-18 Team: St. Paul’s Collegiate HS 2 Crusaders (Winnipeg High School Hockey League)

Stats: 23 GP, 1 G, 5 A – 6 points


Round 3 – Pick 33: Zack Davis

Position: Defense

Height: 6’3 ½ ” Weight: 251 lbs

2017-18 Team: Winnipeg Sharks B1AAA

Stats: 32 GP, 11 G, 24 A – 35 points


Round 4 – Pick 44: Avery Kirkup

Position: Forward

Height: 5’9 ½” Weight: 178 lbs

2017-18 Team: Southwest Cougars B1AAA

Stats: 35 GP, 27 G, 30 A – 57 points


Round 6 – Pick 56: Nolan Bettens

Position: Defense

Height: 5’8” Weight: 138 lbs

2017-18 Team: Winnipeg Warriors B1AAA

Stats: 34 GP, 5 G, 8 A – 13 points


Round 6 – Pick 66: Taggart Plouffe

Position: Forward

Height: 5’7 ½” Weight: 113 lbs

2017-18 Team: Rink Hockey Academy Nationals Bantam Prep

Stats: 30 GP, 1 G, 12 A – 13 points