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2019 Import Draft Preview

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League announced details for the 28th annual CHL Import Draft which takes place on Thursday June 27, 2019, beginning at 8:00 am PST.

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 2018-19 season.

With Denmark native Joachim Blichfeld graduating from the Western Hockey League, Portland owns the 40th and 100th overall picks in the 2019 Import Draft.

Portland is known for drafting some incredible overseas talent and helping them blossom into high-end NHL prospects. Below is a list of the top Winterhawks Import Draft selections over the recent years.

Henri Jokiharju
Tampere, Finland
2016 Import Draft
Chicago Blackhawks

Joachim Blichfeld (2019 WHL Player of the Year)
Frederikshavn, Denmark
2016 Import Draft
San Jose Sharks

Rodrigo Albos
Riga, Latvia
2015 Import Draft
Florida Panthers

Anton Cederholm
Helsingborg, Sweden
2013 Import Draft

Oliver Bjorkstrand (2015 WHL Player of the Year)
Herning, Denmark
2012 Import Draft
Columbus Blue Jackets

Sven Bärtschi
Bern, Switzerland
2010 Import Draft
Vancouver Canucks

Nino Niederreiter
Chur, Switzerland
2009 Import Draft
Carolina Hurricanes

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