Canucks prospect Anton Cederholm was pick by the WinterhawksThe Vancouver Giants kicked off the annual CHL import draft, or whatever you want to call it, by selecting highly touted Russian defenceman Dmitry Osipov.
Despite being the No. 1 pick of the 2013 KHL junior draft, it seems the 6-foot-1, 179-pound Osipov will join the Giants. Osipov’s agent, Ritch Winter, told Vancouver Province columnist Steve Ewen, “He’s coming (to Vancouver). He could have made a lot of money in the KHL. Tells you all you need to know."
Osipov, 17, along with top bantam pick Tyler Benson, should make a strong case for the Giants to win the bid to host the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup. In addition, Vancouver holds two first-round picks, their own and the Saskatoon Blades, in the 2014 bantam draft; the draft picks give GM Scott Bonner a lot of trade options to bolster his club.
Past the top pick, here’s a mix of news, notes and nuggets:
- In the last year with the option to draft import goalies, no one from the WHL took advantage of the opportunity. So if thereRead More »from CHL import draft, WHL style: Vancouver Giants select Dmitry Osipov first overall