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CHL IMPORT DRAFT

The Ontario Hockey League (OHL), known as the premiere development league for the NHL, is one of three major junior ice hockey leagues based in Canada and the United States that constitute the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). Through the CHL Import Draft, every team in the CHL has the option to protect up to two players from outside North America to add to its roster. Picks are chosen in reverse order of the team’s standings in the CHL. The import draft is seen as a way to raise the level of competition in the CHL, as well as to broaden its fan base while retaining high North American content.

The two-round draft takes 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 within each league from the previous season. CHL teams are allowed to keep two Import players on the roster. If the club expects to keep these two players for the upcoming season, they can pass in the Import Draft. As seen in 2014, the Whalers expected New York Islanders-draft Victor Crus Rydberg and Yannick Rathgeb to return.

The 26th annual/2017 CHL Import Draft takes place Wednesday, June 28th at 11 a.m. ET. Last year’s CHL Import Draft included a total of 79 players consisting of 53 forwards and 26 defenseman selected from 11 different countries featuring a draft-high 24 players from Russia. (Read More about the Ontario Hockey League Here)

2017 Import Draft

Rd./Pk. Player Pos. HT WT DOB Team Hometown
1st/25th Nikita Alexandrov D 6.06 185 5/18/1999 Balashikha HC MVD (MHL) Russia
Pass


2016 Import Draft

Rd./Pk. Player Pos. HT WT DOB Team Hometown
1st/8th Michal Steinocher D 6.05 185 12/2/1999 HC Slavia Praha Louny, Czech Republic
2nd/68th Kristian Vesalainen F 6.04 202 6/1/1999 Vastra Frolunda HC Jr. Helsinki, Finland

2015 Import Draft

Rd./Pk. Player Pos. HT WT DOB Team Hometown
1st/9th Vili Saarijarvi D 5.09.5 163 5/15/97 Green Bay (USHL) Rovaniemi, Finland
2nd/69th Matyas Kantner LW 6.01.5 180 6/20/98 HC Plzen U18 Plzen, Czech Republic

2014 Import Draft

Rd./Pk. Player Pos. HT WT DOB Team Hometown
Pass
Pass

2013 Import Draft

Rd./Pk. Player Pos. HT WT DOB Team Hometown
1st/41st Victor Crus-Rydberg C 5.11 190 3/21/95 Linkoping Tingsryds, Sweden
2nd/113th Yannick Rathgeb RD 6.0 183 10/24/95 Langnau Langenthal, Switzerland

 

2012 Import Draft

Rd./Pk. Player Pos. HT WT DOB Team Hometown
1st/21st Ludvig Bystrom RD 6.00.75 169 7/20/94 Modo Ornskoldsvik, Sweden
2nd/90th Simon Karlsson R 6.02 179 7/23/93 Malmo Malmon, Sweden