OHL Teams Select 30 Players in 2016 CHL Import Draft
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the final results of the 2016 CHL Import Draft.
The 25th annual CHL Import Draft included a total of 79 players consisting of 53 forwards and 26 defencemen selected from 11 different countries featuring a draft-high 24 players from Russia.
The two-round draft took 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.
OHL clubs selected a total of 30 players on Tuesday, with the Guelph Storm using the second overall pick to select 17-year-old Russian defenceman Dmitri Samorukov. The 6’0″, 169Ib. rearguard helped Russia skate to a silver medal finish at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and also competed at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. The Sudbury Wolves selected Czech winger Jachym Kondelik with the fifth overall pick and the Flint Firebirds took Czech defenceman Michal Steinocher at eighth overall.
The 2016 CHL Import Draft featured 14 players previously selected by NHL teams in 2015 and 2016 drafts, with four of those headed to OHL teams. A pair of defencemen were taken by OHL clubs in the opening half of the first round as the Saginaw Spirit selected Detroit Red Wings second round pick Filip Hronek at 14th overall and the Mississauga Steelheads chose Los Angeles Kings fourth rounder Jacob Moverare at 20th overall. Two forwards were also selected in St. Louis Blues seventh round pick Filip Helt going 47th overall to the Sarnia Sting and Carolina Hurricanes second rounder Janne Kuokkanen selected 56th overall by the London Knights. All four NHL prospects chosen by OHL clubs were selected at the 2016 NHL Draft this past weekend in Buffalo.
A total of 23 players selected by OHL clubs in the 2016 CHL Import Draft are eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, while two players selected are not eligible for the NHL Draft until 2018.
Each team in the OHL is permitted to dress and play a maximum of two import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft.
OHL at the 2016 CHL Import Draft Summary:
Draft Picks by Position:
Forward – 20
Defence – 10
Draft Picks by Country:
Finland – 8
Czech Republic – 7
Russia – 5
Sweden – 4
Belarus – 2
Slovakia – 2
Germany – 1
Latvia – 1
Draft picks by Birthdate and NHL Status:
1999-born late and 2018 NHL Draft eligible – 2
1999-born and 2017 NHL Draft eligible – 17
1998-born late and 2017 NHL Draft eligible – 6
1998-born and 2016 NHL Drafted – 3
1998-born and NHL Undrafted – 1
1997-born and NHL Drafted – 1
NHL Draft picks selected by OHL clubs in CHL Import Draft:
14. Filip Hronek (Saginaw – 2nd round to Detroit in 2016)
20. Jacob Moverare (Mississauga – 4th round to Los Angeles in 2016)
47. Filip Helt (Sarnia – 7th round to St. Louis in 2016)
56. Janne Kuokkanen (London – 2nd round to Carolina in 2016)
A total of six OHL 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 28 OHL players were selected from 10 different countries led by six players from Finland and consisting of 18 forwards and 10 defencemen.