Islanders get their player with first pick in import draft

Jason Malloy
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The Charlottetown Islanders have landed one of the top 1997-born European hockey players, says general manager Grant Sonier.

The Islanders selected Filip Chlapik with the 11th overall pick in the Canadian Hockey League import draft.

Sonier said there are some logistical issues that have to be worked out.

"The player wants to come," Sonier said. "We're going to work hard with the agent and the player and the club team to make sure this gets ironed out.

"This player is worth the risk."

Chlapik is a six-foot-one, 183-pound centre who played for Sparta in the Czech league. He played at the under-17 and -18 tournaments this past year.

He had 16 goals, 19 assists for 35 points in 38 games with Sparta's team in the under-20 league.

"This kid is really fit. He's really well put together," Sonier said.

"This kid has that type of talent that he can play with our top forwards."

Organizations: Canadian Hockey League

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  • Go Wildcats
    July 03, 2014 - 02:15

    "This kid has the type of talent that he can play with our top forwards" That's like saying that the kid has the type of talent to play with barely average hockey players. Haha....the Islanders are terrible. Go Wildcats!!!