Area bantams chosen in WHL draft

Two local hockey players are considered elite prospects, having been taken in the Western Hockey League draft.

Two local hockey players are considered elite prospects, having been taken in the Western Hockey League draft. Nanaimo’s Dylan Coghlan, 15, and Lantzville’s Dylan Ferguson, 14, were chosen last week by the Tri-City Americans and Kamloops Blazers, respectively.

Coghlan, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound defenceman, was chosen in the third round, 63rd overall. He played last season in the Nanaimo Minor Hockey Association with the Tier 1 bantams.

Ferguson, a six-foot, 165-pound goalie, was taken in the eighth round, 166th overall. He played with the Notre Dame academy program.

Both Dylans were invited to participate in B.C. Hockey’s U16 B.C. Cup last month in Salmon Arm and both are being considered for selection to the high-development program’s provincial camp in Nanaimo in July.