Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Nikita Lee (Li) Drafted By Sea Dogs

With their second pick in today’s Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, the Saint John Sea Dogs selected Russian winger Nikita Lee (alternate spelling, "Li").

According to a Sea Dogs news release, the 17-year old spent last season with Russia’s Moscow Spartak Under-18 team. Lee was selected by the Moscow Spartak in the first round (11th overall) of the 2014 KHL draft.

There is some mystery surrounding this pick as there isn’t much info on Lee available on the interweb (he is No. 11 in white in the video above).

Sea Dogs general manager Darrell Young seemed pleased with the pick.

"Nikita is a highly-skilled, left-shooting right winger," Young said in the release. "We wanted to add someone with offensive ability to our stable of young forwards, and he understands the offensive side. He's also familiar with the North American game, having played with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Junior Knights program in Pennsylvania four years ago. He speaks perfect English - that's a huge factor for us."

The CHL website lists Lee as 6’00”, 150 lbs. Elite Prospects has him at 6’2”, 183 lbs.

Lee was the chosen by the Sea Dogs with the 65th overall pick. The team also picked 5th overall and took defenseman Jakub Zboril.

The Sea Dogs expect both imports at training camp next month.

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