By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
The Tri-City Americans have been high on Connor Rankin since his bantam days with the North Shore Winter Club in Vancouver, British Columbia.
They traded an extra third-round draft pick to Prince George to move up the draft ladder from 19th to seventh, where general manager Bob Tory selected the talented forward in the first round of the 2009 Western Hockey League bantam draft.
“Picks in the top 10 are significantly better than the bottom 10,” Tory said. “If you can move into the top 10, you should try and do it. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do it a couple of times. We really liked his work ethic, and his compete level is very high. That is something we value, and we thought we had to make a move to get him.”
Rankin, 18, has turned out to be everything Tory had imagined.