Islanders add two from Import Draft



The Charlottetown Islanders added two European players to its roster yesterday during the 2014 CHL Import Draft.

With the 11th overall pick, the Islanders selected Czech Republic native Filip Chlapik. Chlapik played for the Sparta of the Czech League last season.

“Chlapik is an elite prospect who can make an immediate impact in our top two lines,” said Islanders General Manager Grant Sonier. “There is a lot of work still to be done to get him over here but he is the type of players who is worth the effort to try and get him.”

Chalpik, 17, stands six-foot-one and 183 pounds.

“He is a high skilled offensive centreman who sees the ice and makes plays. He’s strong on the wall and physically strong enough to play in the league,” added Sonier.

With the 71st overall pick in the second round, the Islanders elected Swedish centre Filip Rydstrom.

“Rydstrom is also a big skilled centre who will be here for sure as a deal is already in place for him to be on our roster,” said Sonier. “He has put up big numbers in every column of the sheets and gives us very good depth
down the middle.”

Rydstrom, 17, will turn 18 before training begins in August and stands six-foot-two and 196-pounds.

He played for Vallentuna BK in Sweden for the last three seasons.

The additions of these two players gives coaching staff lots of options and possible line combinations too with all the assets the team currently has, said Sonier.

“I am optimistic both will be regulars on our team this 2014-15 season if everything works out as planned.”

Training camp begins Aug. 11 at the Pownal Sports Complex.

Author’s note: Written for Charlottetown Islanders.