Stelio Mattheos, the first overall pick of the 2014 WHL bantam draft, is entering his major junior career in a unique situation. Unlike most top selections who join organizations going through a rebuild, the Winnipeg, MB., native is joining a stacked Brandon Wheat Kings club.
The reason the Wheat Kings, who posted a 34-29-6-3 record in 2013-14, were able to draft Mattheos is because of a deal that GM-head coach Kelly McCrimmon made with ex-Saskatoon Blades GM Lorne Molleken in 2012. He acquired the right to swap 2014 first round bantam picks with the Blades in a trade that sent Brendan Walker to Saskatoon.
Mattheos, 16, feels it works in his favour to join a contender as a rookie rather than a team looking to get back on its feet. He sees the upside in being able to learn from Brandon’s elite forwards such as New Jersey Devils first round pick John Quenneville, Florida Panthers second round pick Jayce Hawryluk and sophomore sniper Nolan Patrick.
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