QMJHL teams select 18 players in 2020 CHL Import Draft
June 30, 2020 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) News Release
LONGUEUIL, QC - The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) held it's 29th annual Import Draft on Tuesday, June 30th of 2020.
This year, a total of 18 players were selected by 13 different QMJHL teams. The five franchises that did not select any international players in 2020 were: the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, the Drummondville Voltigeurs, the Val-d'Or Foreurs and the Victoriaville Tigres.
It is to be noted that the players drafted by the QMJHL teams originate from seven different countries. In total, six players were selected out of Russia, four from the Czech Republic, two from Belarus, two from Finland, two from Switzerland and one each from both Slovakia and Slovenia.
Of the 18 players selected, only two are goaltenders, three are defencemen and the other 13 are forwards. One year after seeing Sherbrooke snag the only goaltender of the Import Draft when it selected all-star Samuel Hlavaj with the 27th pick, the Acadie-Bathurst Titan selected Czech netminder Jan Bednar second overall.
The Moncton Wildcats were the only other QMJHL team to pick a netminder, closing off the draft with Slovenian Val Usnik. Moncton also made some noise by selecting Maxim Barbashev, the younger brother of former Wildcats' star and 2019 Stanley Cup champion, Ivan Barbashev.
Here is the list of all QMJHL picks from the 2020 CHL Import Draft:
Rd Rk Team Name Pos Last Team Nationality
1 2 Acadie-Bathurst Bednar, Jan G Karlovy Vary Energie HC Czech
1 5 Halifax Biasca, Atillio LW Zug Ev Jr. Swiss
1 8 Gatineau Prokopenko, Alexei Fwd Omsk Yastreby Russian
1 14 Quebec Marjala, Viljami LW Karpat Oulu B Finnish
1 20 Shawinigan Canonica, Lorenzo C Lugano HC Jr. Swiss
1 23 Saint John Svechkov, Fyodor LW Togliatti Ladia Russian
1 29 Rouyn-Noranda Klimovich, Danila Fwd Team Belarus U17 Belarusian
1 35 Charlottetown Brabenec, Jakub LW Brno Kometa Jr. Czech
1 41 Rimouski Lazarev, Alexander Fwd Angarsk Ermak Russian
1 44 Cape Breton Nizovkin, Mikhail Fwd Vityaz Podolsk U18 Russian
1 47 Chicoutimi Kaslik, Matej C Malmo Redhawks IF Jr. Slovakian
1 50 Moncton Barbashev, Maxim Fwd Mytishchi Atlant U17 Russian
1 53 Sherbrooke Grishin, Pvel RD Moscow CSKA U18 Russian
2 74 Quebec Siivonen, Aapo LD Lukko Rauma Jr. Finnish
2 83 Saint John Hampl, Jan LD Liberec Bili Tygri Jr. Czech
2 95 Charlottetown Mensik, Matous C Karpat Oulu B Czech
2 107 Chicoutimi Kuznetsov, Sergei Fwd Team Belarus U20 Belarusian
2 110 Moncton Usnik, Val G Slovenia U20 Slovenian
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