Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced details for the 2012 CHL Import Draft which takes place on Wednesday June 27, 2012, beginning at 9:00 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 from the 2011-12 season. Each team in the CHL is permitted to carry two European import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft. Teams are permitted to trade draft picks up to and during the CHL Import Draft process with the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats currently holding the number one pick acquired by trade with the Sherbrooke Phoenix. The WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders currently hold the second selection, followed by the OHL’s Erie Otters at number three.
Last season the London Knights used the first overall pick to select defenceman Olli Maatta who was recently chosen 22nd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Maatta was one of four current CHL import players selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft headlined by Nail Yakupov who was selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers after being the second overall selection of the Sarnia Sting in the 2010 CHL Import Draft. Mikhail Grigorenko of the Quebec Remparts was also selected in the first round at number 12 to the Buffalo Sabres, followed closely by Radek Faksa of the Kitchener Rangers who went at 13 to the Dallas Stars. Grigorenko was chosen second overall by the Remparts last season, with Faksa picked at number 22 by the Rangers the same season.
The 2012 CHL Import Draft can be followed online as well as on tablet and mobile devices at www.chlimportdraft.com.