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Details Revealed for CHL Import Draft

The Brandon Wheat Kings will be the 10th WHL team to make a selection at next month’s CHL Import Draft.

The 2021 CHL Import Draft will be held on June 30th, and the full CHL order of selection will be released closer to that day.

The Wheat Kings currently have two import players on the roster, in Marcus Kallionkieli and Yaroslav Busygin. Kallionkieli is entering his overage season and spent 2020/2021 with the Henderson Silver Knights of the American Hockey League. The 5th round pick of the Vegas Golden Knights scored twice in six games for the Silver Knights and appeared in one AHL playoff game.

Meanwhile, Busygin is the 34th ranked European skater by NHL Central Scouting played in the top junior league in Russia (MHL) and posted two goals and nine assists in 35 games.

Once an NHL signed import player is returned to his junior team, that CHL club has 14-days to reduce their number of rostered import players to two.

Due to the unique schedule of games during the 2020-21 WHL Regular Season, a lottery was conducted to determine the order of selection for WHL Clubs in the 2021 CHL Import Draft. All 22 WHL Clubs participated and had equal opportunity to win the lottery.

Each team in the CHL is permitted to dress and play a maximum of two import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft process. The deadline for teams to submit their Import player protected list for the 2021-22 season is Monday, June 28 at 1 p.m. ET, which will then determine how many of the maximum 120 selections will be made in the 2021 CHL Import Draft.

The complete order of selection for the 2021 CHL Import Draft, including Clubs from the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, will be released at a later date by the CHL.

WHL Clubs Order of the Selection – 2021 CHL Import Draft

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