Kamloops Blazers draft Russian forward in CHL Import Draft

The Kamloops Blazers went to Russia with their only pick in the CHL Import Draft on Wednesday.

Kamloops nabbed Roman Makarov, a 6-foot-5, 214-pound forward from Engels, Russia, with the 38th overall pick in the draft.

“Roman has a lot of upside to his game,” Blazers' director of player personnel Robbie Sandland said. “He covers the ice well and has a nice blend of power and offensive touch around the net. With his size and ability, he is tough to contain below the circles in the offensive zone.”

Makarov, who turned 17 on Jan. 29, is eligible for the 2022 NHL Draft.

He racked up 15 goals and 32 points in 28 games last season for under-17 and under-18 CSKA Moskva teams.

Makarov and Vancouver Canucks' draft pick Viktor Persson, a 20-year-old defenceman from Sweden, are expected to hold down the Blazers' two import-player spots during the 2021-2022 campaign.

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