Cougars to Select One in 2018 CHL Import Draft.
The Canadian Hockey League today announced details for the 27th annual CHL Import Draft which takes place on Thursday June 28, 2018, beginning at 8:00 am Pacific, and the Prince George Cougars will be making one selection.
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 2017-18 season. The QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs hold the number one pick, followed by the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings at number two, and the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves who will select third overall.
Prince George will be picking fifth overall, their highest selection in the CHL Import Draft, since they selected Slovakian David Soltes fourth overall in 2013.
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. The Cougars are only picking once, as they are bringing back import forward Vladislav Mikhalchuk for the 2018-19 season. Mikhalchuk was the Cougars only pick in the 2017 CHL Import Draft, 54th overall.
For the first time since 2013, goaltenders will be eligible for selection in the CHL Import Draft in addition to forwards and defencemen.
Last season a total of 72 players were selected from 11 different countries led by 19 players from Russia and consisting of 50 forwards and 22 defencemen.