Import Draft Recap: TELUS East Division


During the 2012-13 QMJHL season, the TELUS East division was home to the closest race for the division title and the most competitive division in the Q. All 6 teams relied on the stellar play of European imports to carry them through the regular season and playoffs.

With the possibility of some of these imports leaving for the pro ranks or returning to their home countries, these teams must replenish their Euro contingent.

Here is how the teams from the TELUS East did on draft day:

Baie-Comeau Drakkar

2012-13 Imports: Petr Straka (will not return next season) and Valentin Zykov (likely to return next season)

1st round (51st overall): Denis Gorbunov, C, Russia

2nd round (111st overall): PASS

Gorbunov should provide some much-needed offense to the Drakkar. With Petr Straka leaving for the AHL, Gorbunov will be looked to forge a bond with fellow Russian Valentin Zykov. The 5’10”, 170 pound center who can also play on the wings, spent last season with Dinamo Shinnik (HC Dinamo’s U-20 team) scoring at a point a game pace.

Chicoutimi Saguenéens

2012-13 Imports: Christopher Gibson (will not return) Lukas Sedlak (unlikely to return)

1st round (21st overall): Nikita Lyamkin, D, Russia

2nd round (81st overall): Janne Puhakka, LW, Finland

With both of their Euros leaving for professional leagues, the Sags needed two new, impact Europeans. They’ve found those two in Russian Nikita Lyamkin and Finn Janne Puhakka. At only 16 years old, Lyamkin played 13 games in the MHL. The stay-at-home defenseman still has to fill out his 6’3″ frame, but when he does, he will be a force on the smaller ice surface. However, the Russian factor will be in play, as Lyamkin was selected in the 3rd round of the KHL draft by Metallurg. As for Puhakka, he has climbed through the SM-sarja youth system. He won’t be a physical player, but he has played internationally for Finland from the age of 16 and already has an impressive trophy case.

Quebec Remparts

2012-13 Imports: Mikhail Grigorenko (will not return), Nick Sorensen (will return)

1st round (42nd overall):  Fabrice Herzog, RW, Switzerland

2nd round (102nd overall): PASS

Who doesn’t like a 6’2″, 176 pound winger who can score? Certainly not Philip Boucher. The newly appointed coach/GM of the Remparts made his first major move by drafting Herzog, 3 days after he was picked in the 5th round of the NHL draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Having been drafted, this will be extra incentive to come to Quebec and play with the Remparts. Herzog played at the U-18 World Championship with Switzerland and has a great shot of making the World Junior squad this year.

Rimouski Océanic

2012-13 Imports: Vladimir Bryukvin (will return), Jan Kostalek (will return)

1st round (48th overall): Dominik Simon, C, Czech Republic

2nd round (108th overall): PASS

Despite both of their Euros returning for 2013-14, the Océanic still felt the need to take a shot at Czech center Dominik Simon. He has played with the national team numerous times and was named one of the top 3 players on the team after the 2012 U-18 Championship.

Shawinigan Cataractes

2012-13 Imports: Marvin Cupper (will return) Patrik Koys (will return)

1st round (54th overall): Ilya Zinoviev, LW, Russia

2nd round (66th overall): PASS 

With both Marvin Cupper and Patrik Koys being locks on Shawinigan’s roster, it is hard to find a situation in which sniper Ilya Zinoviev makes the Cats next season. The winger helped Russia to a U-17 Silver medal this year, racking up 5 points in 6 games as the team’s assistant captain.

Victoriaville Tigres

2012-13 Imports: Petr Sidlik (will return), Dominik Rehak (will return)

1st round (24th overall): Jan Mandat, C, Czech Republic

2nd round (84th overall): PASS 

Jan Mandat is a scoring machine. The center led his Czech league team in point production with 67 points in 43 games. He also lead the league with a +46 +/- rating. If Mandat decides to come to Victoriaville, it should be an interesting training camp with both of the Tigres’ Euros returning and Mandat being the asset he is