QMJHL teams claim 23 players in 2019 CHL Import Draft


BOUCHERVILLE, Que. – The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) held it’s 28th annual Import Draft on Thursday, June 27th of 2019.

This year, it’s a total of 23 players that were selected by 17 QMJHL teams. Only the Victoriaville Tigres franchise did not select any players.

It is to be noted that the players drafted by QMJHL teams originate from 12 different countries. In total, five players from Russia were selected, three from Latvia, three from Slovakia, two from Austria, two from Switzerland, two from the Czech Republic and one from each of the following countries; Belarus, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Japan and Sweden.

Forward Yu Sato, selected by the Quebec Remparts with the 24th overall pick, will be looking to become the next player of Japanese descent to suit up in the QMJHL after Takuma Kawai played with the Gatineau Olympiques back in 2007-08.

Positionally speaking, the Sherbrooke Phoenix was the only QMJHL franchise to select a goaltender when it took Slovakia’s Samuel Hlavaj with the 27th pick. Of the other 22 players selected, six are defencemen and the other 16 are forwards.

Here is the list of all QMJHL picks from the 2019 CHL Import Draft:

Rd Rk Team Name Pos Last Team Nationality
1 3 Acadie-Bathurst Delemont, Noah LD Biel Jr. Swiss
1 6 Saint John Lehmus, Joona LD Tappara Tampere B Finnish
1 9 Shawinigan Ponomarev, Vasily F Moscow Krylia Sovetov (Soviet Wings) Russian
1 12 Gatineau Kashnikov, Yevgeni LD Moscow CSKA U18 Russian
1 15 Blainville-Boisbriand Bykov, Maxim C Kazan Irbis Russian
1 18 Val-d’Or Polcs, Rudolfs F Riga SK Riga Latvian
1 24 Québec Sato, Yu F K-Vantaa B Japanese
1 27 Sherbrooke Hlavaj, Samuel G Lincoln Stars Slovakian
1 30 Moncton Andersson, Axel RD Sodertalje SK Swedish
1 33 Chicoutimi Brants, Harijs LD Riga SK Riga Latvian
1 36 Cape Breton Ivan, Ivan F Vitkovice Ostrave Jr. Czech
1 39 Charlottetown Jobin, Gaetan F Fribourg-Gotteron Swiss
1 42 Rimouski Raska, Adam RW Frydek-Mistek HC Czech
1 45 Baie-Comeau Demchenko, Valentin F Team Belarus U18 Belarusian
1 48 Halifax Peeters, Senna F Selects Academy 16U at SKS Belgian
1 51 Drummondville Nickl, Thimo RD Klagenfurter EC KAC Austrian
1 54 Rouyn-Noranda Myklukha, Oleksii C EC Red Bull Akademie U20 Slovakian
2 78 Val-d’Or Mirzabalayev, Alexander F Podolsk Vityaz U18 Russian
2 90 Moncton Alberg, Manuel RW Owen Sound Attack German
2 102 Rimouski Mayorov, Nikolai F Ust-Kamenogorsk Altay Russian
2 105 Baie-Comeau Ansons, Raivis Kristians LW Riga SK 17 Latvian
2 111 Drummondville Hochegger, Fabian F Klagenfurter EC KAC Austrian
2 114 Rouyn-Noranda Valigura, Adrian LW Poprad Jr. Slovakian


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