Victoria Head Coach Dave Lowry is NHL Bound; A Look at Candidates for the Next Royals Coach

The head coach who led the Victoria Royals to 199 regular season wins and another 21 in the playoffs will be behind the bench for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings for the 2017-2018 season. He joins new Kings head coach John Steven’s new staff but leaves a big hole in Victoria for General Manager Cameron Hope to fill. Will he look in-house for his replacement, or is there a better option out there somewhere else?

Let’s take a look at possible candidates.

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The 2011-2014 WHL Bantam Drafts: Recapping the Royals and Their Choices

The Four Part Series below:

Part 1: The 2011 WHL Draft

Part 2: The 2012 WHL Draft

Part 3: The 2013 WHL Draft

Part 4: The 2014 WHL Draft

Part 5, the final part, will be a little bit of a recap, going over these four drafts and how important they were to the Victoria Royals franchise.

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The Victoria Royals Draft History: The 2014 Edition

We have chronicled 2011 through 2013 in previous editions of the series, and now for the last one. 2014 is the final draft year that we can really judge since the players in the 2015 and 2016 drafts haven’t played enough at this point in their careers.

So, without further ado, the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft:

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Revisiting the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft: Victoria Royals Edition

In the first two WHL Bantam Drafts in Victoria, there were a few hits and a few more misses. However, the 2012 Draft was a big improvement over the previous year, despite the fact that the four of their last five picks never played a game in the Western Hockey League.

The 2013 Draft is also an improvement on the 2012 one, so let’s take a look at how General Manager Cameron Hope did.

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The 2012 WHL Bantam Draft: How Did Victoria Do?

Welcome to Part Two of our series on the Victoria Royals and their short WHL Bantam Draft history. In the first part, we saw how Victoria left a lot of players on the table who turned out to be studs but is that also true for the 2012 draft that gave Royals’ fans Tyler Soy and Chaz Reddekopp?

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Looking Back at the Victoria Royals WHL Bantam Draft History: 2011

It’s been a week since the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft which saw the Royals take 12 players over 12 rounds. The future success of these 15-year-old players is unknown, and it really is a crapshoot if a player picked in the first round or the eleventh round will ever play a game in the WHL.

When looking at the most recent Bantam Draft, it got me thinking about the success of the draft picks under General Manager Cameron Hope since the Royals moved to Victoria from Chilliwack in 2011. What percentage of his picks turned into WHL players and who were, in hindsight, the better players left on the table? Let’s take a look.

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Victoria Royals and the 2017 Bantam Draft

A day after winning the title of “Smartest WHL Club” with their 2016-2017 WHL Scholastic Team of the Year award, the Victoria Royals were hoping for some genius picks of their own at the WHL Bantam Draft. Only time will tell how many of these draft picks will turn into quality junior players, but for these players¬†picked,¬†it was a positive step in the direction of becoming a professional hockey player. Of course, if you were not picked in the WHL Bantam Draft, it doesn’t necessarily mean your career is dead. Players like Jamie Benn (Kelowna) and Jarome Iginla (Kamloops) were not drafted and they have done just fine.

Without further ado, let’s go over how the Royals did in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.

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