— Frédéric Tremblay (@fredtremblaysrc) June 30, 2015
With the 10th overall pick in the 2015 CHL Import Draft the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League selected Dmitry Zhukenov – the Vancouver Canucks 4th round pick from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
The Saqueneens Twitter account confidently suggested that Zhukenov would come to North America on Tuesday, which makes sense since it’s rare for teams to use high import draft picks on players they have not yet spoken with and have expressed interest in making the jump across the pond.
We don’t really know much about this 5’11” centre and what we do know was covered by Rhys Jessop during draft day. His box score stats were not the most impressive and the MHL is not yet known to have produced a number of regular NHLers. If Zhukenov does come to North America it will give us a good chance to see what the Canucks have in this 18-year-old.
It was a bit of a surprise to see that the 6th round pick Lukas Jasek, who has lots of high acclaim going for him, was not selected in this import draft. This more likely speaks to the facts he is under contract in the Czech league.
We will continue to monitor the news to see if he will make the jump this fall.