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2019 Import Draft Preview

June 20, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Portland Winterhawks News Release

Toronto, ON - The Canadian Hockey League announced details for the 28th annual CHL Import Draft which takes place on Thursday June 27, 2019, beginning at 8:00 am PST.

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 within each league from the 2018-19 season.

With Denmark native Joachim Blichfeld graduating from the Western Hockey League, Portland owns the 40th and 100th overall picks in the 2019 Import Draft.

Portland is known for drafting some incredible overseas talent and helping them blossom into high-end NHL prospects. Below is a list of the top Winterhawks Import Draft selections over the recent years.

Henri Jokiharju

Tampere, Finland

2016 Import Draft

Chicago Blackhawks

Joachim Blichfeld (2019 WHL Player of the Year)

Frederikshavn, Denmark

2016 Import Draft

San Jose Sharks

Rodrigo Albos

Riga, Latvia

2015 Import Draft

Florida Panthers

Anton Cederholm

Helsingborg, Sweden

2013 Import Draft

Oliver Bjorkstrand (2015 WHL Player of the Year)

Herning, Denmark

2012 Import Draft

Columbus Blue Jackets

Sven Bärtschi

Bern, Switzerland

2010 Import Draft

Vancouver Canucks

Nino Niederreiter

Chur, Switzerland

2009 Import Draft

Carolina Hurricanes


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