Columbus Prospects Go High in CHL Import Draft
he CHL Import Draft took place this morning, and two of the Jackets' recent NHL draft choices had their rights claimed. Goaltender and second round pick Oscar Dansk was tabbed third overall by the OHL's Erie Otters, while fellow goaltender and third round pick Joonas Korpisalo was taken two spots later by the WHL's Prince George Cougars.
A refresher: the CHL Import Draft isn't really a draft. I mean, ok, it is a draft I suppose. The worst teams have the better picks, there is a draft order...but that's about where the similarities end. The CHL has a mandate that their clubs can carry a maximum of two import players on their roster, and the import draft is how these players are acquired. What makes this less of a draft is the fact that behind the scenes, junior clubs tend to do their own recruiting of import players, working out agreements with the players prior to the draft. When the draft comes along, the results tend to be funny- usually the first overall pick is a very good player. You then have some guys you've never heard of before, but then, wouldn't you know it! The best players available start getting picked sporadically, by the big market clubs like London, Windsor, and Quebec. It's because these teams have more eyes on them. More to offer on and off the ice. The cities are larger.