Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced details for the 25th annual CHL Import Draft which takes place on Tuesday June 28, 2016, beginning at 11:00 am Eastern.
The two-round draft will take 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 2015-16 season. The WHL’s Kootenay Ice hold the number one pick, followed by the OHL’s Guelph Storm at number two, and the QMJHL’s Baie-Comeau Drakkar who will select third overall. Each team in the CHL is permitted to dress and play a maximum of two import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft.
A total of 14 players acquired through the CHL Import Draft were recently selected in the 2016 NHL Draft including three first round picks. Olli Juolevi of the London Knights, a Finnish born defenceman, was chosen fifth overall by the Vancouver Canucks, followed by Swedish forward Alexander Nylander of the Mississauga Steelheads chosen eighth overall by the Buffalo Sabres, and Russian defenceman Mikhail Sergachev of the Windsor Spitfires chosen ninth overall by the Montreal Canadiens.
Last season a total of 78 players were selected from 14 different countries led by 21 players from Russia and consisting of 50 forwards and 28 defencemen.