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Maxim Cajkovic claimed first overall by Saint John in CHL Import Draft

 

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. – The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) held it’s 27th annual Import Draft on June 28th of 2018.

This year, it’s a total of 19 players that were selected by 14 QMJHL teams. Only the Baie-Comeau, Cape Breton, Moncton and Rimouski franchises did not select any players. On the flip side, Gatineau, Halifax, Saint John, Sherbrooke and Victoriaville claimed two international players each.

It is to be noted that all selected players originated from European markets. In total, it’s six players from Russia that were selected, five from Slovakia, two from the Czech Republic, two from Germany, two from Switzerland, as well as one from Finland and one from Sweden.

While goaltenders were admissible in the CHL Import Draft for the first time in four years, none were selected by the QMJHL teams. Instead, it was a total of five centremen, five right wingers, four left defencemen, three left wingers and two right defencemen who were drafted.

Here is a list of the QMJHL picks from the 2018 Import Draft:

 

Nom / Name

Choix / Pick Équipe / Team Pays / Country

Position

CAJKOVIC, Maxim

1 Saint John SVK AD/RW
NUSSBAUMER, Valentin 4 Shawinigan SUI

C

BERESTNEV, Daniil

7 Val-d’Or RUS AG/LW
KNYAZEV, Artemi 10 Chicoutimi RUS

DG/LD

LIKHACHYOV, Yaroslav

22 Gatineau RUS AD/RW
OKULIAR, Oliver 25 Sherbrooke SVK

AG/LW

DERSCH, Alexander

28 Charlottetown GER DD/RD
SERGEYEV, Alexei 31 Québec RUS

C

DLUGOS, Marcel

34 Rouyn-Noranda SVK DG/LD
SERDYUK, Egor 37 Victoriaville RUS

AD/RW

TURAN, Oliver

40 Drummondville SVK DD/RD
FAGEMO, Samuel 46 Halifax SWE

AD/RW

KOVACIK, Kristian

49 Acadie-Bathurst SVK C
RANNISTO, Jasper 52 Blainville-Boisbriand FIN

DG/LD

PRIKRYL, Filip

61 Saint John CZE C
AEBISCHER, David 82 Gatineau SUI

DG/LD

JENTZSCH, Taro

85 Sherbrooke GER AG/LW
ABRAMOV, Mikhail 97 Victoriaville RUS

AD/RW

BARINKA, Marcel

106 Halifax CZE

C

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