The Lethbridge Hurricanes had a pair of picks in today’s CHL Import Draft and used both to pick a pair of forwards, Nikita Milekhin and Pavel Skumatov.
The Hurricanes used their 3rd overall pick to select Milekhin,
a 1997-born right winger who played for Moscow Dynamo last season. In 26 games,
Milekhin tallied 21 points, including 13 goals and added 12 PIM’s. He followed
that up with 6G, 1A in 15 playoff games. The scouting report on Milekhin is that
he is a very good skater, with good quickness, speed and skill. He stands out
with good hockey sense and vision. He also reads the play well and his game is
moving ahead as his progress has been excellent.
General Manager Brad Robson adds “he’s a good sized, strong player with skill
that comes from the Moscow Dynamo program. He comes from a good family
background and his father also coaches in Russia.”
In the second round
(63rd overall) the Hurricanes added left winger Skumatov who is 6’0 and 165
pounds. As one of the youngest players on his team where he played in the MHL
(U20 Vityazi Chekhov), he had a pair of assists in 26 games. Scouts like his
size, speed, skating ability, decision making, hockey sense and his reliability
and well as his compete level.
Overall, General Manager Brad Robson is
pleased to get both kids they had listed in their top five. “Both players have
good skill and will give us some secondary scoring; we expect both of them to be
top 9 players. In addition, both players have a desire to come to the CHL and
play for the Hurricanes.”
(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)