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WHEAT KINGS SELECT IMPORT MARTIN KAUT

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League’s Annual Import Draft was held Wednesday and the Brandon Wheat Kings used the 24th overall pick to select Right Winger Martin Kaut from Pardubice, Czech Republic.

Kaut played for Pardubice in the U20 Czech Jr. league last season recording 4 goals and 12 assists in 22 games played to go along with 24 penalty minutes.  He also played 26 game for HC Dynamo Pardubice in the Czech Elite League. Kaut was a member of the 2016 Czech Rebuplic team that played in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament, registering 4 points in 5 games played.

Martin will join fellow Czech defenceman Daniel Bukac as Brandon’s import contingent in 2017-18. Bukac, who scored two goals and 17 points in 72 games as a WHL rookie last season, was chosen by the Boston Bruins in the seventh round of Saturday’s NHL Draft in Chicago.

Defenceman Dmitry Osipov, who was acquired from Vancouver at last January’s trade deadline, has graduated from the WHL and is currently attending the Golden Knights Summer Development Camp in Las Vegas.

Each CHL team is permitted to dress and play a maximum of two import players each season.

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 2016-17.

The Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts had the number one pick and opted for Russian winger Andrei Svechnikov.

The WHL’s Kootenay Ice meanwhile had the third selected and used it to take Swiss born forward Gilian Kohler.

2017 CHL Import Draft – WHL Selections

Round One

  1. Kootenay ICE: Gilian Kohler (W) – Switzerland – 5’10” / 170 lbs. – May 27, 2000
  2. Vancouver Giants: Milos Roman (C) – Slovakia – 6’0” / 194 lbs. – November 6, 1999
  3. Prince Albert Raiders: Dominik Bokk (RW) – Germany – 6’1” / 161 lbs. – February 3, 2000
  4. Edmonton Oil Kings: Andrei Pavlenko (F) – Belarus – 6’0” / 172 lbs. – April 6, 2000
  5. Saskatoon Blades: PASS
  6. Spokane Chiefs: Milos Fafrak (LW) – Slovakia – 6’1” / 172 lbs. – July 8, 1999
  7. Calgary Hitmen: PASS
  8. Brandon Wheat Kings: Martin Kaut (RW) – Czech Republic – 6’1” / 176 lbs. – October 2, 1999
  9. Red Deer Rebels: Kristian Reichel (C) – Czech Republic – 6’0” / 167 lbs. – June 11, 1998
  10. Victoria Royals: Igor Martynov (RW) – Belarus – 5’10” / 180 lbs. – January 19, 1999
  11. Portland Winterhawks: Samuel Fagemo (LW) – Sweden – 5’11” / 194 lbs. – March 14, 2000
  12. Tri-City Americans: Roman Kalinichenko (LD) – Russia – 6’2” / 183 lbs. – July 6, 2000
  13. Swift Current Broncos: PASS
  14. Kamloops Blazers: Justin Sigrist (C) – Switzerland – 5’7” / 136 lbs. – April 20, 1999
  15. Moose Jaw Warriors: Oleg Sosunov (LD) – Russia – 6’8” / 214 lbs. – April 13, 1998
  16. Lethbridge Hurricanes: Yegor Zudilov (F) – Russia – 6’2” / 181 lbs. – September 10, 2000
    51. Kelowna Rockets: Libor Zabransky (RD) – Czech Republic – 6’1” / 181 lbs. – May 26, 2000
  17. Prince George Cougars: Vladislav Mikhalchuk (F) – Belarus – 6’0” / 143 lbs. – October 16, 1999
  18. Seattle Thunderbirds: Nikita Malukhin (F) – Russia – 6’2” / 201 lbs. – July 15, 2000
  19. Everett Silvertips: Martin Fasko-Rudas (RW) – Slovakia – 5’10” / 157 lbs. – August 10, 2000
  20. Medicine Hat Tigers: Mick Kohler (C) – Germany – 6’3” / 200 lbs. – February 23, 1998
  21. Regina Pats: Yegor Zamula (D) – Russia – N/A – March 30, 2000

Round Two

  1. Kootenay ICE: Martin Bodak (RD) – Slovakia – 6’1” / 194 lbs. – November 28, 1998
  2. Vancouver Giants: Yannik Valenti (RW) – Germany – 5’9” / 156 lbs. – September 24, 2000
  3. Spokane Chiefs: Filip Kral (LD) – Czech Republic – 5’11” / 169 lbs. – October 20, 1999
  4. Tri-City Americans: Sergei Sapego (F) – Belarus – 6’0” / 172 lbs. – October 8, 1999
  5. Kelowna Rockets: Marek Skvrne (RW) – Czech Republic – 6’0” / 172 lbs. – August 6, 1999
  6. Everett Silvertips: Pavel Azhgirei (F) – Belarus – 6’6” / 192 lbs. – July 12, 2000
  7. Medicine Hat Tigers: Linus Nassen (LD) – Sweden – 6’0” / 174 lbs. – May 10, 1998
  8. Regina Pats: Emil Oksanen (LW) – Finland – 6’1” / 189 lbs. – September 25, 1998

WHL Selections by Country

Belarus – Five

Czech Republic – Five

Russia – Five

Slovakia – Four

Germany – Three

Sweden – Two

Switzerland – Two

Finland – One

Wednesday’s CHL Import Draft caps off a busy week for the Wheat Kings, who unveiled their 2017-18 regular season schedule Tuesday and saw three of their players – Nolan Patrick, Stelio Mattheos and Bukac – chosen in the NHL Draft.

The Wheat Kings will open up the 2017-18 regular season with a home and home series with Regina during the weekend of September 22nd-23rd.

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