Burnaby Winter Club pair get first-round call

The Burnaby Winter Club has had a habit of being on the frontlines of the Western Hockey League scouts.

At Thursday's WHL bantam draft, it's apparent teams had the BWC bantam prep team under their microsope.

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Burnaby's Mats Lindgren and Brandon Lisowsky were selected in the first round of the 15-year-old draft, going seventh and ninth overall, respectively.

The Kamloops Blazers selected Lindgren, a left-sided defenceman, despite the player's early announcement that he plans to commit to the University of Michigan, beginning in 2022. The son of former Vancouver Canucks Mats Lindgren, the son posted four goals and 22 assists for the Bruins during the past Canadian Sports School Hockey League season.

Lisowsky, meanwhile, was grabbed by the Saskatoon Blades ninth overall with a pick they acquired from Red Deer. Lisowsky, a centre, contributed 32 goals and 17 assists over 26 games for the Bruins this past season.

Burnaby native Kassius Kler, a former BWC product who played this past season with the West Vancouver Warriors bantam team, was grabbed by Prince George in the seventh round with the 145th pick. Kler, a five-foot-eight forward, scored 38 times and set up 28 others over 30 games.

The Winter Club also saw forward Maxim Borovinskiy, 14, by Tri City in the fourth round, 81st overall. The West Van native tallied seven goals and 19 assists over 29 games; goalie Kyle Kelsey, in the fifth round, 107th overall, by Moose Jaw; left winger Tyson Dyck, seventh round, 143rd overall, by Tri City; centre Jaeger Murdock, eighth round, 175th overall, by Vancouver; defenceman Merik Erickson, 11th round, 229th overall, by Red Deer; and Aiden Celebrini, 11th round, 239th overall, by Saskatoon.

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