The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles have selected Russian Yegor Sokolov with the 35th pick in the 2017 CHL Import Draft.
Sokolov (2000-06-07) stands 6’3, 199 pounds. The left winger spent the bulk of the 2016-17 season with Traktor Chelyabinsk in the Under 17 Russian league. Sokolov collected 73 points over 32 games with Chelyabinsk, and also appeared in 15 games with Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk of the MHL, where he notched six assists. Sokolov represented Russia at the World Under 17 championships where he produced three points in six contests. He is eligible for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Screaming Eagles general manager and head coach Marc-André Dumont describes Sokolov as a world class player and notes that Cape Breton was surprised to see him still available at the 35th pick. “He was extremely high on our list. He’s a power forward, a big body, and strong on the puck” stated Dumont.
Cape Breton scouted Sokolov at the World Under 17s as well as at a five nations tournament in Europe. Dumont says that “steps still need to be taken” but that the Screaming Eagles have indications that lead the team to believe he may play for Cape Breton in the coming season. Sokolov’s agent is cooperating as the Screaming Eagles work on a transfer for the player to come to the Screaming Eagles. Sokolov, who has the same agent as former Cape Breton forward Evgeny Svechnikov, is currently not under contract to any team in Russia.
Having passed on its second selection in the Import Draft (pick #95), the Screaming Eagles now hold the rights to three import players- Sokolov, German defenseman Leon Gawanke (1999-05-31), and Russian forward Vasily Glotov (1997-09-04). Because Glotov would be an overage player in the 2017-18 QMJHL season and is NHL drafted (by the Buffalo Sabres), he is placed on a special protected list. Should Glotov be activated back on to the main Screaming Eagles roster, Cape Breton would have to release the rights of either Sokolov or Gawanke. Gawanke was recently chosen by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
For the Screaming Eagles, the 2017-18 QMJHL season begins on September 22nd, when they visit the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.