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Grigorenko goes to Remparts in Import Draft
June 29, 2011, 9:23 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

Mikhail Grigorenko is a Rempart.

The 17-year-old Russian was selected second overall in the CHL Import Draft by Quebec, just days after the Remparts acquired the pick from the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

A day prior to the Import Draft, the Remparts dealt the 11th overall pick in Wednesday’s selection process, as well as a 3rd round pick in the QMJHL Entry Draft in 2013 and a 2nd round pick in 2014 in exchange for the second overall pick, using it to select the Khabarovsk native. Continue reading

Maatta Knighted in Import Draft
June 29, 2011, 9:20 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

Olli Maatta has been Knighted.

The Finnish defenseman was the first overall pick in the CHL Import Draft by the London Knights.

Two days prior to the Import Draft, the Knights dealt Reid McNeill, their first round Import Draft pick, Mississauga’s 2nd round pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Draft and their own 3rd in 2013 to the Barrie Colts in exchange for the first overall selection in Wednesday’s selection process, using it to select the Jyvaskyla blueliner who is eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Continue reading

Jackets’ Ambroz stinging after draft day fall
June 28, 2011, 11:24 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

He had to wait to hear 127 names before his was called by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Now, Seth Ambroz is out to send a message to the 29 NHL teams that passed him over.

“Prove them wrong.”

Expected to go among the top 60 picks of the draft in his home state, Ambroz fell to the Blue Jackets in the fifth round. The sting of having to wait longer than expected on day two of the draft was still fresh in the tone of Ambroz’s voice. Continue reading

Brodin set to invade Minnesota
June 28, 2011, 10:37 pm
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From Andrew Weiss:

The Swedes invaded the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota.

And one will be back very soon.

The Minnesota Wild selected Swedish defenseman Jonas Brodin 10th overall, the fourth Swede selected in the first 10 picks of the 2011 draft.

“It was a fantastic feeling to be picked by Minnesota in Minnesota,” said Brodin. “[The Wild organization] showed me around the locker room and the arena. They have a very good organization, so I like it.” Continue reading

Hamilton has big dreams for Boston
June 28, 2011, 11:07 am
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From Brian Huddle:

Standing larger than his reported six-foot-four frame, Dougie Hamilton is used to being the big man on campus.

Having been selected to the Boston Bruins ninth overall, he’ll get the opportunity to develop in Zdeno Chara’s rather large shadow. But instead, imagine what a future pairing of the two could look like to those opposing the Boston Bruins. Continue reading

Miller shocked by Rangers selection
June 28, 2011, 10:58 am
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From Andrew Weiss:

Cheers from section 118 filled the Xcel Energy Center after Aaron Boogaard, on behalf of the New York Rangers, announced J.T. Miller’s name as their first round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Ironically, Miller was not a contributor to the noise as he stood in disbelief that the Rangers had selected him 15th overall.

“I was a little shocked,” Miller said. “I only had one meeting with them so I wasn’t really expecting it. There were other teams that showed a little more interest toward me so it was a little bit of a shock. But to get my name called was breathtaking and the best thing in the world.” Continue reading

Danault all smiles on draft day
June 27, 2011, 11:57 pm
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From Brian Huddle:

The smile was ear to ear on Victoriaville Tigres forward Phillip Danault.

It just happened to show up a little earlier than expected.

Danault was all smiles after being drafted 26th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks Friday night at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota. Continue reading