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Cougars draft Vladislav Michalchuk

With the 54th overall selection in the 2017 CHL Import Draft the Prince George Cougars are pleased to select 1999-born forward Vladislav Mikhalchuk (Minsk, BLR).

Checking in at 6’2” and 172 pounds, Mikhalchuk is coming off a season where he scored 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points in 31 games with the Belarus U-18 program. The right-handed shooting winger also dressed in 13 games for the U-20 team and registered four assists.

Internationally Mikhalchuk suited up in one game for Belarus at the World Under-18 championships and played a pivotal role in guiding Belarus to a Gold Medal at the 2017 Mac’s Major Midget Tournament held in Calgary, AB. In seven games at the tournament he had six goals and three assists for nine points (third in team scoring). He added a power play goal, two shorthanded goals and one game winner.

“Vladislav Mikhalchuk is the type of player that you notice every time he takes the ice,” said Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “He was dominant at the Mac’s Tournament, is comfortable playing against much older competition and I have no doubt that his skill, speed and physicality are all going to translate well to the North American game. He’s very dynamic, he makes skilled plays with the puck and his hockey sense is off the charts.

“Heading into this draft we wanted to add to our 1999-born group and we are confident that he will slide into our lineup and contribute in a number of key areas for us. Heading into his draft year he’s going to be extremely motivated to come to Prince George and play well in order to prove to NHL scouts that he’s a legitimate NHL prospect. We’re thrilled to welcome Vladislav and his family to the Prince George Cougars organization.”

The Prince George Cougars will not be making a second round selection in the 2017 CHL Import Draft. For a full list of 2017 CHL Import Draft selections click HERE: http://chl.ca/draft.

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