Wednesday, June 29, 2011


The 2011 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft begins this morning at 10:00 am.

This year’s draft should provide a bit more drama than in previous year’s as three of the biggest markets in the CHL make the first trio of picks. The Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights pick first, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Quebec Remparts second, and the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen third.

The Knights acquired the first overall pick in a trade with the Barrie Colts ealer this week while the Remparts made a trade with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies yesterday to move up to No. 2.

The London Free Press has more on who the Knights may select.

Each team in the CHL is permitted to carry two European Import players each season. These players are selected annually at the Import Draft, with the order of selection rotating through each of the three leagues in the CHL using an inverse order of their final regular season standings from the 2010-11 season.

The Saint John Sea Dogs aren’t expected to pick today. Russian Stanislav Galiev, a third round pick of the Washington Capitals in 2010, and Tomas Jurco, a second round pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 2011, are both expected to be back with the Sea Dogs next season.

Saint John has not been active in the Import Draft since 2009 where they held both the first and fourth overall picks. They would select Galiev with their top pick and Jurco with their fourth pick.

The only way to follow the draft is online and you can do so by clicking here.

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