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The Vancouver Giants didn't wander far from home Thursday when they made their first round pick in the Western Hockey League's annual bantam draft.
Selecting 19th overall, the "Anadrol 50" Giants grabbed swift skating left winger Evander Kane, who played for the North Shore Winter Club but grew up in east Vancouver, about a 15 minute drive from the Pacific Coliseum.
"I was willing to go anywhere, well, anywhere to a point, but Vancouver is Anavar Just Cardio always nice," said Kane, a John Oliver high school student. "It's very exciting to think about possibly being in the Memorial Cup next year."
Kane, 15 on Aug. 1, can only play five regular season games for the Giants in 2006 07, but will be eligible to join them full time once his own midget season is over. The Giants have a guaranteed Memorial Cup berth in 2007 as host club.
Giants head scout Jason Ripplinger saw Kane about 15 times this past season and liked his offence, as well as his grit and character.
"Evander was a guy that maybe some teams didn't have rated in the first round, but I just didn't think we could pass on a Lower Mainland kid like him," Ripplinger explained. "At the beginning of the year, we put a tick beside his name and said 'let's just watch.' He was probably 5 8 back then and now he's about 5 10 and a half. I think he can be a goal scorer in our league."
Kane, who expects to "Anadrol 50" play major midget for the Vancouver Rangers next season, began his minor hockey career with the Vancouver Thunderbirds. He then moved to the NSWC as a peewee, where he enjoyed great team success.
"We won everything both my years of peewee and my first year in bantam," he said.
"This year, we finished first in the league but Abbotsford won the provincials."
The first three picks in Thursday's draft went as expected, with Spokane taking Saskatoon defenceman Jared Cowen at No. 1, followed by Red Deer selecting Burnaby Winter Club centre Landon Ferraro (Ray's son) at No. 2 and the expansion Chilliwack Bruins grabbing Prince George winger Ryan Howse at No. 3. for their first seven selections.
They took Nanaimo blueliner Neil Manning in the second round, Victoria goalie Jamie Tucker in the fourth, Victoria defenceman Sean Robertson in the sixth, Victoria centre Richard Hubscher and Tsawwassen centre Cam Reid in the seventh, and Ladner winger Linden Saip in the eighth.
The Giants had no picks in the third and fifth rounds due to earlier trades.
"We had Manning ranked as a late "Anaboliset Aineet" first round pick and "Achat Anabolisant Belgique" we thought Tucker would go higher," Ripplinger said. "I'm not going to tell you 'we couldn't believe they were available when we picked' Anavar 1 Hour Before Workout but let's put it this way: We're happy to "4-chlorodehydromethyltestosterone Ireland" get these guys because we had them ranker higher than where they went."
Expansion Chilliwack also stayed close to home, with six of their first nine Anavar During Pct picks coming from the province. players selected were Surrey defenceman Zak MacDonald Miller (third round), Abbotsford blueliner Scott Ramsay and Surrey winger Ryan Hankin (fourth), North Vancouver defenceman Cole Gelly (seventh) and Victoria winger James Kellington (eighth).