WHL SELECTS 29 PLAYERS IN CHL IMPORT DRAFT
Calgary, AB – Western Hockey League clubs selected 29 players as the 2014 CHL Import Draft was held on Wednesday, July 2nd.
The two-round draft took place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL’s three leagues using an inverse order of final regular season standings from the 2013-14 season. Each team in the CHL is permitted to carry two European import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes were the first WHL Club to make a selection, choosing Russian left wing Nikita Milekhin with the third overall pick. In 26 games with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian junior league, he had 13 goals and eight assists. Milekhin is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.
The Kamloops Blazers selected Slovakian defenceman Patrik Maier with the sixth overall pick while the Saskatoon Blades got Russian centre Nikita Soshnin with the ninth overall selection.
All but two WHL clubs selected at least one player in the 2014 CHL Import Draft. The Prince George Cougars and the Portland Winterhawks did not select a player in the draft.
2014 CHL Import Draft Results
ROUND 1 (Pick #; WHL Club; Name; Birthplace; Pos; DOB)
3. Lethbridge Hurricanes; Nikita Milekhin; LW; Russia; February 2, 1997
6. Kamloops Blazers; Patrik Maier; Bratislava, SVK; D; November 6, 1996
9. Saskatoon Blades; Nikita Soshnin; Lipetsk, Russia; C; March 23, 1997
12. Moose Jaw Warriors; Jiri Smejkal; Ceske Budejovice, CZE; LW; November 11, 1996
15. Prince George Cougars; PASS
18. Tri-City Americans; Semyon Krasheninnikov; Ufa, RUS; RW; January 3, 1997
21. Vancouver Giants; Vladimir Bobylev; Russia; RW; April 19, 1997
24. Prince Albert Raiders; Simon Stransky; Ostrava, CZE; LW; December 21, 1997
27. Red Deer Rebels; Eduards Jansons; Latvia; D; September 7, 1997
30. Brandon Wheat Kings; Ivan Provorov; Yaroslavl, RUS; D; January 13, 1997
33. Kootenay Ice; Alexander Chirva; Moscow, RUS; C; March 25, 1996
36. Swift Current Broncos; Maxim Letunov; Moscow, RUS; February 20, 1996
39. Regina Pats; Sergey Zborovsky; Moscow, RUS; D; February 21, 1997
42. Spokane Chiefs; Tamas Laday; Hungary; D; March 20, 1996
45. Everett Silvertips; Alexander Zhebelev; Moscow, RUS; LW; July 5, 1997
48. Seattle Thunderbirds; Alexander True; Dobenhaven, DEN; C; July 17, 1997
51. Medicine Hat Tigers; Michael Spacek; Pardubice, CZE; RW; April 9, 1997
54. Victoria Royals; Kristian Ferletak; Trstena, SVK; RW; July 9, 1996
56. Calgary Hitmen; Pavel Karnaukhov; Minsk, BLR; C; March 15, 1997
58. Edmonton Oil Kings; Marcel Ibragimov; Moscow, RUS; D; August 4, 1997
59. Portland Winterhawks; PASS
60. Kelowna Rockets; Tomas Soustal; Czech Republic; RW; February 15, 1997
63. Lethbridge Hurricanes; Pavel Skumatov; Russia; LW; April 12, 1997
66. Kamloops Blazers; Michael Fora; Guibiasco, SUI; D; October 13, 1995
69. Saskatoon Blades; Amil Krupic; Halmstad, SWE; D; August 15, 1995
78. Tri-City Americans; Vladislav Lukin; Ufa, RUS; January 24, 1997
87. Red Deer Rebels; Mario Grman; Slovakia; D; April 11, 1997
96. Swift Current Broncos; Andreas Schumacher; Stenungsund, SWE; LW; August 11, 1996
108. Seattle Thunderbirds; Florian Baltram; Austria; Forward; March 25, 1995
For the complete 2014 CHL Import Draft results, CLICK HERE .