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CHL IMPORT DRAFT WEDNESDAY

Brandon, MB. – The National Hockey League Entry Draft has come and gone and now it’s time for Canada’s major junior hockey clubs including the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings to stock their roster with European talent.

Brandon enters Wednesday’s draft, looking to add a player to join Czech Republic born defenceman Daniel Bukac.

The Wheat Kings will have the 24th overall pick and is scheduled for early Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday’s 2-round draft will take place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the Canadian Hockey League’s three leagues, using an inverse order of final regular season standings.

The Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts will have the first pick while Kootenay Ice general manager Matt Cockell will have the third overall selection and first among WHL clubs.

A 6’5” 185 lb. defenceman, Bukac was recently chosen by the Boston Bruins in the 2017 NHL draft, after scoring wo goals and 17 points in 72 games last season.

Bukac was Brandon’s second selection in last June’s Import Draft.

The Wheat Kings other import last season – defenceman Dmitry Osipov – has graduated from the WHL ranks and is scheduled to attend the first ever summer development camp, hosted by the NHL’s newest entry in Las Vegas.

WHL Order of Selection

Round One

  1. Kootenay ICE
  2. Vancouver Giants
  3. Prince Albert Raiders
  4. Edmonton Oil Kings
  5. Saskatoon Blades
  6. Spokane Chiefs
  7. Calgary Hitmen
  8. Brandon Wheat Kings
  9. Red Deer Rebels
  10. Victoria Royals
  11. Portland Winterhawks
  12. Tri-City Americans
  13. Swift Current Broncos
  14. Kamloops Blazers
  15. Moose Jaw Warriors
  16. Lethbridge Hurricanes
  17. Kelowna Rockets
  18. Prince George Cougars
  19. Seattle Thunderbirds
  20. Everett Silvertips
  21. Medicine Hat Tigers
  22. Regina Pats

Fans can follow the CHL Import Draft by visiting www.chl.ca on Wednesday.

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