June 30, 2009

Import Draft 2009

Ottawa picked 30th (after first trading with Sarnia (see previous post) and then swapping with Erie) and 48th today. Killer's picks:

Peter Mrazek: goalie who apparently played for HC Vitkovice Steel in the Czech Republic (although I have not been able to find him on a roster). He's not a big lad, 5'10" and 170 lbs. He's a '92 birth year. He was one of the goalies on the Czech's U-18 team. This is the only picture I can find of him online. This is (hopefully) a year or two ago - he's an inch shorter and 50 pounds lighter than the data posted today. It's a little reassuring that our imported, 16-year-old goalie is single and has no children (look at the bio information on the link - rather funny that they would even post it).

The other import pick is Matias Sointu a winger from Tampere, Finland. He's another not-so-big-guy listed at 5'10", 180lbs. He was drafted in the 7th round by Tampa Bay in 2008. Here's one summary of him. He was a member of Team Finland in the last WJHC. His numbers don't look all that great but I don't recall Finland having a spectacular tournament as a team either. A picture of him can be found here (scroll to the 6th picture My Finnish is non-existent but his name appears under that picture so I'm taking a wild guess here that it's him).

It will be interesting to see how the club summarizes their picks and their expectations.

Good luck gentlemen and welcome to Hockey Country!

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