Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League announced details for the 28th annual CHL Import Draft which takes place on Thursday June 27th, 2019, beginning at 11:00 am EST.
The two-round draft will take place online with the order of selection rotating each of the CHL’s three leagues using an inverse order of final regular season standings within each league from the 2018-19 season.
The Hamilton Bulldogs hold the 20th overall selection in the first round of the draft and the 80th overall selection in the second round of this year’s draft. The organization also holds the rights to forward Jan Jeník and defenseman Philip Broberg. Jeník, a draft pick of the Arizona Coyotes, was acquired from the Flint Firebirds in January and had an impressive half-season with the Bulldogs, recording 30 points in 27 games.
Jeník was drafted 6th & Broberg went 54th overall in the first round of 2018 Import Draft.
Since the franchise’s relocation to Hamilton prior to the 2015-16 season, the Bulldogs organization has seen considerable success in the CHL Import Draft in identifying talent.
In 2015, the Bulldogs selected two defensemen in the Import Draft, Ondrej Kachyna from the Czech Republic with the 21st overall selection and Christian Mieritz of Denmark with the 81st overall selection. The pair would play a combined 83 games with the Bulldogs, Mieritz would play an additional 26 with the Guelph Storm, and both have since returned home to play in the professional ranks of their respective nations.
The Bulldogs would make their most successful Import Draft selection to date in 2016, taking Marian Studenic of Slovakia with the 11th overall selection. Studenic would go on to appear in 120 regular season games with the Bulldogs scoring 38 goals & 40 assists for 78 points while adding another 5 goals & 14 assists across 28 playoff games in addition to being a key member of the Hamilton Bulldogs 2018 OHL Championship team. Studenic spent the 2018-19 season with the Binghamton Devils of the AHL and is a 5th round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2017.
In 2018, the Bulldogs selected the aforementioned Philip Broberg of Sweden with the 54th overall selection as well as Tim Fleischer of Germany with the 114th overall selection. Broberg has not yet appeared in the OHL but had a very successful season with AIK in the Allsvenskan (Swedish second professional division) where he appeared in 41 games on route to being selected 8th overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. Fleischer meanwhile would go on to play in all 68 regular season games in the 2018-19 season for the Bulldogs recording 8 goals & 13 assists for 21 points while appearing in all 4 playoff games for the team and adding a single assist. Fleischer has signed with the Iserlohn Roosters of the DEL for the 2019-20 season.
The Bulldogs have also selected Joni Ikonen of Finland (28th overall in 2017) who would go on to be selected in the 2nd round of the 2017 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.
Also of note, the last time an OHL team held the 20th overall selection in the Import Draft was 2016 when Mississauga selected Jacob Moverare of Sweden who would go on to play 115 OHL games and become a 5th round selection of the Los Angeles Kings.
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