Rockets Set for CHL Import DraftJune 26, 2012 - Western Hockey League (WHL) Kelowna Rockets
The Rockets have traded a 7th round WHL bantam draft pick in 2014 to Prince Albert in exchange for the Raiders`2nd round selection in the CHL import draft.
The move gives Kelowna two picks in the annual draft of import players. Kelowna will now select in the 62nd and 86th positions in the draft.
The Rockets first round pick was traded to Portland in a previous transaction.
The 2012 CHL Import Draft which takes place on Wednesday June 27, 2012, beginning at 9:00 am Eastern.
The two-round draft will take place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL's three leagues using an inverse order of final regular season standings from the 2011-12 season. Each team in the CHL is permitted to carry two European import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft. Teams are permitted to trade draft picks up to and during the CHL Import Draft process with the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats currently holding the number one pick acquired by trade with the Sherbrooke Phoenix. The WHL's Prince Albert Raiders currently hold the second selection, followed by the OHL's Erie Otters at number three.
Last season the London Knights used the first overall pick to select defenceman Olli Maatta who was recently chosen 22nd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Maatta was one of four current CHL import players selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft headlined by Nail Yakupov who was selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers after being the second overall selection of the Sarnia Sting in the 2010 CHL Import Draft. Mikhail Grigorenko of the Quebec Remparts was also selected in the first round at number 12 to the Buffalo Sabres, followed closely by Radek Faksa of the Kitchener Rangers who went at 13 to the Dallas Stars. Grigorenko was chosen second overall by the Remparts last season, with Faksa picked at number 22 by the Rangers the same season.
The 2012 CHL Import Draft can be followed online. Link to the draft information at www.kelownarockets.com and check it out on your tablet and mobile devices at www.chlimportdraft.com.
Western Hockey League Stories from June 26, 2012
- Rockets Set for CHL Import Draft - Kelowna Rockets
- Chiefs Hold 41st Overall Selection in Wednesday's CHL Import Draft - Spokane Chiefs
- Cain Franson to Attend Canucks Prospect Camp - Vancouver Giants
- Giants Acquire Neibrandt, Sign Dosanjh - Vancouver Giants
- Ice Make Trade with Vancouver - Kootenay Ice
- Pats Preparing for CHL Import Draft - Regina Pats
- Cougars Sign Brad Morrison - Prince George Cougars
- Blades Office Closing Until July 16th - Saskatoon Blades
- 2012 Import Draft Preview - Lethbridge Hurricanes
- 2012 CHL Import Draft Takes Place Wednesday June 27 - WHL
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