Firebirds Select Belarus Native Dmitry Kuzmin in CHL Import Draft
Flint, Mich. - The Flint Firebirds announced today that the club has selected defensemanÂ Dmitry KuzminÂ as the 46th-overall pick in the 2020 CHL Import Draft.
Last season, the FirebirdsÂ selectedÂ BelarusianÂ forward Evgeniy Oksentyuk with the 5th-overall pickÂ in the 2019 CHL Import Draft.Â OksentyukÂ led the Firebirds with 78 pointsÂ (33G, 45A) in 58 games and was recognized by the Canadian Hockey League (CHL)Â as one of the top-5 impact playersÂ from last year's CHL Import Draft. The Brest, Belarus nativeÂ set a Firebirds' franchise recordÂ for the longest point-streak by a single player, recording a point in 17 consecutive games from Nov. 15, 2019 - Jan. 17, 2020. After choosing to move to Flint and play with the Firebirds, Oksentyuk is nowÂ expected to hear his name calledÂ at the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft.
The import draft is seen as a way to raise the level of competition in the CHL, as well as to broaden its fan base while retaining high North American content. 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 defensemen, and six goaltenders.
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