Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by hockey2015, Jan 31, 2017.
Could it be selected? Will it continue in Sweden or CHL? Does anyone have more info?
If Saint John does indeed select him, it will mean they have a commitment from him. They wouldn't draft him 1st overall if they didn't.
Or they know he has a commitment somewhere else but is set on coming over to the CHL.
Hearing Cajkovic will be one of the 1st picks in the CHL Import Draft...Perhaps 1st Overall
You forgot to read the other page.
Any Finns going CHL import draft or is Cajkovic only highly touted prospect?
I believe Mikko Kokkonen is coming over to the CHL via the import draft as well.
Swedish media say he will play in Canada next year, probably will be taken 1st overall
I'm not sure he'll be first. CHL import draft works in mysterious ways where the best players don't always go first. Kids will generally use leverage and the threat of staying at home to end up in a more desirable situation. I don't think players or agents really want to be in Sudbury or Flint with their developmental track records.
If Kokkonen comes he will definitely challenge for that number 1 spot
It all depends. I'm pretty sure Denisenko will go high if he's coming over.
But, there isn't really challenging for number 1. Look at previous import drafts. Sometimes the best player coming over will agree to go to the team picking 1st (see Svechnikov or Zacha). Other times, elite players are pretty much locks to go to good teams near the top or even later, which is how London gets imports likely to go in the first round like Juolevi, Halifax gets Hischier or Zadina, etc.
In fairness to Halifax though, they select all their guys early. They’re just a more desirable market to play in then a lot of others. Frk 3rd, Ehlers 6th, Meier 12th, Hischier 6th, Zadina 11th. With the exception of Zadina and Frk, it isn’t like any of those guys were being touted as top prospects for their draft year at the time they were picked (top 10 guys).
We're talking about this year's import draft though. Saint John, a successful franchise with 3 QMJHL championships and 1 Memorial Cup win in 13 years, has the first pick.
Even in those cases, the best player doesn't always end up going one. I get SNB is a solid option for kids. My main point was that the Import Draft rarely plays out in a predictable fashion.
I know. But who says Cajkovic will be the best player taken?
Apparently the first poster I responded to.
They could have a locked in a deal for someone who is good but not viewed as the best, and a better player taken later could decide to come over.
For example, last year SNB took Khovanov 2nd overall took Zadina at 11, with Zadina universally being viewed as the better prospect (although, Khovanov had likely 3 years in the CHL to Zadina's 2, with Zadina also more likely to leave after 1). There are always a bunch of dynamics at play with the import draft that makes it play-out much different than regular NHL or CHL entry drafts.