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2020 CHL Import Draft Preview

June 29, 2020 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Kelowna Rockets News Release

Pavel Novak of the Kelowna Rockets
Pavel Novak of the Kelowna Rockets
(Kelowna Rockets, Credit: Marissa Baecker)

The 29th annual Canadian Hockey League Import Draft will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, beginning at 8:00 am Pacific. 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 2019-20 season. The Kelowna Rockets will make a single selection, they freed up an import spot after releasing Jonas Peterek on Friday. Kelowna holds the 24th pick during the first round, but will actually pick 20th because the Soo Greyhounds (10), Baie-Comeau Drakkar (11), Kingston Frontenacs (13) and Val-d'Or Foreurs (17) are passing on their picks. Pavel Novak is the Rockets other import player, he was selected 13th-overall during the 2019 Import Draft.

Each team in the CHL is permitted to dress and play a maximum of two import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft process.

Last season a total of 81 players were selected from 14 different countries led by 17 players from the Czech Republic and consisting of 48 forwards, 27 defencemen, and six goaltenders.





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