This has been an exciting season in the WHL so far. Out of the entire CHL, WHL hockey is hard-nosed and structually sound and this season is no exception. This year showcases dominant powerhouses and bitter disappointments from teams and players. We’ll tell you who has been a boom or a bust so far halfway through the season. Portland Winterhawks Boom or Bust: BoomThis team has been unreal all year long. This team is known to draft excellent bantam players and those escellant choices have been playing their best hockey this year. Seth Jones and Nicolas Petan are eligible for the 2013 NHL draft this June and they have been on a tear since they joined the club. Jones is expected to be the first overall draft choice this June and Petan is expected to go high in the draft as well. Thanks to the NHL lockout, some of the veterans have remained on the team such as Ty Rattie ( St. Louis), Derrick Pouliot (Pittsburgh), Troy Rutkowski (Colorado) and Tyler Wotherspoon (Calgary). This team is the top contender for the Memorial Cup this year and it is no wonder why with such an excellent cast of defenseman and forwards. Watch them dominate the competition for the rest of the year.Kelowna RocketsBoom or Bust: BoomWith a great combination of skill and size amongst all the players, it’s easy to say that the Rockets are easily a top contender behind Portland. The leading scorer of this team, Myles Bell has not been drafted by the NHL and if he continues to score, then he will either be draft eligible in 2013 or signed by an NHL team. He has size, skill, physicality and versatility. Captain Colton Sissons (Nashville) has had a good campaign so far with a point per game effort this season. The 2013 draft eligible Madison Bowey will get a lot of attention with his defensive play and he will go far up the ranks in the draft chart. Look for Kelowna to make it deep in the playoffs and be in the finals eventually. Calgary Hitmen Boom or Bust: BoomThe Hitmen’s top scorers are mostly 19 to 20 year veteran players. There isn’t a lot of wow factor with this team because there isn’t a high calibre NHL prospect on the team. They do however play by comittee and coach Mike Williamson has done an excellent job of leading this team onto the top of the WHL Eastern standings. I don’t see this team making it too far in the playoffs with the likes of Kamloops, Kelowna and Portland dominating the west but they will probably knock off the bottom teams in their first couple playoff matches. Brandon Wheat Kings Boom or Bust: BustThere was a lot of promise coming into this season with Ryan Pulock and Tyrel Seaman expected to be the catalysts for this team, Pulock has still been playing excellent hockey, Seaman meanwhile has been struggling and so does the entire team. They are dead last in the Eastern Conference and the boys aren’t able to regroup after losing streaks. They are looking forward for a good bantam prospect pick now in the 2013 bantam draft but they probably won’t be bad enough to land a number one overall pick. Prince George Cougars Boom or Bust: BustThis has been a disaster campaign for the Cougars. With captain Brock Hirsche forced to retire because of injury and with Alex Forsberg surprisingly quit the team, there is definitely instability with their roster. Forsberg is now becoming to be known as the biggest flop of the entire bantam draft. Selected 1st overall by the Cougars in 2010, Forsberg played exceptional hockey in midget but his tenure in Prince George has far been from glorious. With injuries and an apparent attitude problem, Forsberg quit the team by Christmas in 2012 and hasn’t returned to hockey yet and he may never return. Colin Jacobs, Troy Bourke and Jari Erricson are trying their best to lead this team offensively but the support isn’t coming their way. The new captain Daniel Gibb has great pressure on his shoulders to carry this team through until the end of the year. They are likely due for another high bantam draft pick this spring.