Storm pick Russian forward in CHL import draft

GUELPH – The Guelph Storm selected Russian forward Alexei Toropchenko with the fourth overall pick of the Canadian Hockey League’s import draft.

Toropchenko, who turned 18 Sunday, had 19 goals, 12 assists and 50 penalty minutes in 45 games with HK MVD Balashikha in the Molodezhnaya Hockey League’s under-20 division last season.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound forward also had two assists in seven games with the Russian national team at the world under-18 championship tournament.

Earlier this month Toropchenko was taken in the fourth round of the NHL draft, 113th overall, by the St. Louis Blues.

To make room for an import pick, the Storm released import centre Albert Michnac who was fifth in team scoring last season with 15 goals and 24 assists in 65 games. He also had 25 minutes in penalties and a -29 plus/minus rating.

Michnac had been selected in the second round of last year’s import draft.

The Storm didn’t select in the second round this year as they kept 18-year-old Russian defenceman Dmitri Samorukov who was selected in the first round, second overall, last year. Samorukov had four goals, 16 assists and 41 penalty minutes in 67 games with the Storm last winter.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal