Import Draft Recap: Maritimes Division
The 2013 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft took place today, here is a look at the European selections from the QMJHL’s Maritime Division. Cape Breton, Halifax, Saint John, Moncton and Charlottetown all made selections in the first round, searching for the next great European talent. Acadie-Bathurst and Cape Breton took part in the second round , while others opted to pass.
The Screaming Eagles used their 3rd overall selection on Russian forward Maxim Lazarev.
Lazarev played for the Kazen Bars last season, recording 12 points 32 games. He also participated in the 2013 World U17 Challenge with Russia, playing six games, notching 10 points. He finished second in tournament scoring and helped his country win the silver medal. The 17-year old is listed as 5-foot-9, weighing 148 pounds.
In the second round , Cape Breton chose Lazarev’s teammate Evgeny Svechnikov ,63rd overall. He is listed as a 6-foot , 180 pound forward. He also took part in the 2013 World Under-17 Challenge , scoring 7 goals, adding 1 assists , for a combined total of 8 points in 6 contests.
The Memorial Cup Champions chose Nikolaj Ehlers (6th overall) and Timo Meier (12th Overall) with their first round picks and decided to pass on their second round pick.
Ehlers is a 5-foot-10 forward from Denmark, who plays under a Swiss Player-licence. He played for BielU20 in the Elite Jr.A league, recording 49 points in 32 games.
Meier, 16, is left winger from Switzerland. Playing for Rapperswill/Jona E Jr. during the 2012-2013 season, Meier racked up 30 points in 33 games. He is 6′-foot and 194 lbs.
He spent last season playing for HC Nitra in Slovakia’s U20 league. He recorded 12 goals and 15 assists in 27 games played.
Siska, 17, will fill the final European spot on the team’s roster. He was drafted in the 2013 KHL Draft in the 3rd round (86th overall) by HC Slovan Bratislava and is listed as 6-foot-2 and 194 lbs.
“Juraj Siska is a big forward who can play a power game,” said Sea Dogs Head Coach and General Manager Mike Kelly
The Charlottetown Islanders selected German right-winger Marco Sedlar with the 33rd overall pick and passed on their 96th selection. This is the franchise’s first Import Draft under their new look and new ownership.
Marco Sedlar spent the 2012-2013 season playing in the German Development League (DNL). He notched 19 goals and 23 assists in 36 games played. The 6-foot forward also appeared in five games for Germany in the 2013 U18 World Junior Championships.
“We’re excited about him,” general manager Grant Sonier said.
The Wildcats used their first round pick (39th Overall) on Russian Vladimir Tkachev , then opted to pass on their second round pick.
The 5-foot-9 forward played in the MHL in Russia with Omskie Yastrebi during the 2012-2013 campaign. In 49 games, he tallied 13 goals and 22 assists for a combine total of 35 points.
Tkachev took part in seven games with the Russian U18 team , collecting 11 points along the way. “Vladimir was the 3rd leading scorer in the World Under 18 Championships in Sochi ,” stated Director of Hockey Operations Danny Flynn.
“He played on the same line with Ivan Barbashev who finished 4th in tournament scoring. He is a crafty right-winger with very good offensive instincts. ”
The Titan used their one and only selection on defensemen Alex Pisarik (75th overall).
Pisarek, played for Trinec HC Zelenzarny Jr. in the Czech U20 league. In 27 games , the 6-foot forward tallied two goals and seven assists during the campaign.