The 2018 CHL Import Draft took place on Thursday, June 28th at 11:00 a.m., and Soo Greyhounds general manager Kyle Raftis took a pair of players from the same country.
With the 58th overall pick in this year’s CHL Import Draft, the Hounds took forward Roman Pucek.
Last season, the 18 year old led the HC Vsetin U18 club in scoring with 26 goals and 73 points in 41 regular season games.
Pucek was also invited to this year’s Toronto Maple Leafs Development Camp
The Vsetin, Czech Republic native stands 6’2 and weighs 167 pounds.
In round 2, the Hounds used pick No. 118 by taking forward Jarmoir Pytlik.
The 16 year old from Dacice, Czech Republic, played with a pair of teams during the 2017-2018 season.
In 22 regular season games with the HC Zdar nad Sazavou, Pytlik scored 14 goals and 25 points.
He also had 13 goals and 36 points in 21 regular season games with the HC Zdar nad Sazavou U18 club.
Pytlik stands 6’1 and weighs 191 pounds.
The last time the Hounds selected two Czech players in the CHL Import Draft, was back in 2005, when they took forwards David Kuchejda (13th overall) and Jiri Tlusty (31st overall).
Hounds Swedish born defenceman Rasmus Sandin and Finnish born forward Rasmus Kupari were both protected on the NHL reserve list, due to the fact that they were taken in the opening round of this year’s NHL Entry Draft.
Sandin, who was taken 52nd overall by the Hounds in the 2017 CHL Import Draft, was drafted in the 1st round (29th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs after putting up 45 points in 51 games with the Hounds during the 2017-2018 regular season.
Kupari, who was taken 112th overall by the Hounds in the 2017 CHL Import Draft, spent the 2017-2018 season in Karpat, before being selected in the 1st round (20th overall) by the Los Angeles Kings in this year’s NHL Entry Draft.