Trail Area Players Selected In Recent 2023 WHL U16 Prospects Draft

By Andrew Phillip Chernoff CanucksBanter

Three Trail area U16 players were selected in the 2023 Western Hockey League U16 Prospects Draft on May 11, 2023:

Owen McCarthy

With their first of two picks in the fourth round, the Victoria Royals selected defenceman Owen McCarthy out of RINK Hockey Academy Kelowna U15 Prep.

McCarthy, whose hometown is Trail, B.C., stands at 5’10 and 141lbs, tallied one goal, and 21 assists for 22 points in 28 games during the 2022-23 season.

Owen is a the type of defenceman attackers don’t enjoy playing against.  He is a smooth  skater who takes good angles to reduce time and space. It’s clear that he loves to take on the best players and shut them down.  With the puck, he is a deceptive passer with the ability to hit narrow seems on the offensive blueline

Royals Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel, J.F. Best.

Brayden Tremblay

  • Shoots: R
  • Height: 6.02
  • Weight: 169
  • Hometown: Fruitvale, BC
  • Last Team: West Kootenay U15 AA

With their 2nd pick in the 6th round, Giants selected right-shot defenceman Brayden Tremblay from the West Kootenay’s U15 AA team.

The 6’2″, 157-pound defenceman scored 10 goals and recorded 27 points as an Assistant Captain this past season.

Brayden Tremblay is the first Vancouver Giant selected one hundred twenty-sixth overall since 2018 when the Giants selected Brenden Pentecost.


Maddox Gandha

Maddox has hockey sense and hands. He is very smart and does the little things that most people don’t notice. He controls the puck, he has tons of puck poise, he is creative, yet he is not afraid to get involved or push back in those tough areas.

Brandon Wheat Kings director of player personnel Chris Moulton