Calgary, AB -- The Seattle Thunderbirds selected center Mathew Barzal with the first overall pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft Thursday morning in Calgary, Alberta.
"We are very excited to add Mathew Barzal to our team today," said Thunderbirds General Manager Russ Farwell from the draft in Calgary. "Mathew has true star potential and will be a very exciting player for our fans to watch develop. He has a style all his own and plays the game at a pace that is truly fun to watch. He has been a dominant player for a number of years and his package of skill and winning attitude will have a tremendous influence on our team from top to bottom."
Barzal, from Coquitlam, British Columbia, is 5'10 and 160-pounds and played with the Burnaby Winter Club Bantam A team last season. In 35 regular season games Barzal had 39 goals and 68 assists for 107 points. In 17 playoff games this past season he had 46 points on 16 goals and 30 assists. He is a right-hand shot and was born March 26, 1997.
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