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Import Draft

The Seattle Thunderbirds make selections in the annual CHL Import Draft which is held, in most instances, on the Tuesday or Wednesday after the NHL Entry Draft in late June.

The Western Hockey League (WHL), along with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), take part in the Import Draft.

An Import Player is defined as a player whose parent(s) do not reside in Canada or the United States as of January 11 preceding that year’s CHL Import Draft. If a CHL club has no Import Players, they are eligible to draft two Import Players, if they have one import, they are allowed to draft one, and if they have two Import Players they are not eligible to participate in the draft.

Import Draft Picks

 

Year Player Round Overall Country
2015 Gustav Olhaver 1 40 Sweden
2014 Alexander True 1 48 Denmark
2014 Florian Baltram 2 108 Austria
2013 No picks made
2012 Alexander Delnov 1 8 Russia
2012 Roberts Lipsbergs 1 60 Latvia
2011 No picks made
 2010 Marcel Noebels 1 10 Germany
2010 Dave Sutter 1 34 Switzerland
2009 Mikael Sentyurin 1 35 Russia
2008 Stefan Warg 1 42 Sweden
2008 Ondrej Palat 2 66 Czech Rep.
2007 Riku Helenius 1 46 Finland
2006 Radek Meidl 1 32 Czech Rep.
2006 Jan Eberle 2 64 Czech Rep.
2005 No picks made
2004 Ladislav Scurko 1 7 Slovakia
2003 Denis Tolpeko 1 49 Russia
2002 David Svagrovsky 1 6 Czech Rep.
2002 Adam Drgon 2 61 Slovakia
2001 Andre Mukhin 1 19 Russia
2001 Stas Avksentiev 1 45 Russia
2000 Jan Micka 1 38 Czech Rep.
1998 Oleg Saprykin 1 22 Russia
1998 Denic Blatny 2 58 Czech Rep.
1997 Petr Vala 1 20 Czech Rep.
1997 Stanislav Gron 1 35 Slovakia
1996 Kim Staal 1 23 Denmark
1995 Jiri Novotny 1 32 Czech Rep.
1994 Jan Hrdina 1 16 Czech Rep.
1993 Pavel Kablin 1 2 Russia
1992 Marko Elorenne 1 22 Finland