Barrie the only team to draft netminder — no more European goalies after this year
In the last Canadian Hockey League Import Draft to include European goalies, the Barrie Colts selected a Slovakian netminder.
With the 47th pick in the draft, the Colts chose Daniel Gibl.
Gibl played for the MHC Martin under-20 team in the Slovakian League in 2012-13 season. The six-foot-two, 185-pound netminder posted a 3.14 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage in 41 games played.
After the this year, CHL teams will no longer be allowed to draft European goalies. The move was made because Hockey Canada is concerned with the quality of Canadian goaltending and believes that banning European goaltenders will open up more opportunities for Canadian puck stoppers.
Gibl, who will celebrate his 18th birthday in late August, was the only goalie selected by a CHL team on Wednesday.
Last season, the Colts rode German goaltender Mathias Niederberger all the way to Game 7 of the Ontario Hockey League final before the London Knights won with less than a second remaining in regulation. He posted a 35-12-3 record, a 2.34 GAA and a .933 SV% in his overage season.
With the 107th pick in Wednesday’s import draft, the Colts selected Adrian Kempe, a six-foot-one, 178-pound centre out of Kramfors, Sweden. The 16-year-old played last season with Modo.
With the top pick in Wednesday’s import draft, the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants selected defenceman Dmitry Osipov out of Russia. With the second pick, the Ottawa 67’s drafted Finnish defenceman Alex Lintuniemi.