Cougars Select Russian in Import Draft
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Cougars have selected 6 ‘2″ forward, Vladislav Mikhalchuk in the CHL’s Import draft.
Out of Minsk, the 1999 born 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, he 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. 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.”
The Cougars did not select a player in the second round.