Bowen Byram has a good chance at becoming the first defenseman selected in the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on June 21.
The 6-foot, 193-pound left-hand shot has spent the past three seasons manning the blue line for Vancouver of the Western Hockey League, so he has a good idea the amount of excitement and anticipation there is when it comes to draft day.
Byram, No. 4 in NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings of North American skaters, was third among WHL defenseman in points (71) and first in goals (26) and game-winning goals (nine) in 67 regular-season games. He set a Vancouver Giants record for most goals by a defenseman in the regular season, a mark previously held by Kevin Connauton (Arizona Coyotes), who had 24 goals in 69 games in 2009-10.
"You can't let it get to your head, but it's never a bad thing (to set a record)," Byram said. "I think everybody likes to succeed. In the end, it doesn't really matter how many points you put on the board, though. It's about the team winning the game so I'm happy as long as the team keeps winning."