(Guelph, ON) — Three players were selected in the CHL Import Draft: 1998 born defenceman Oliver Felixson from Finland was selected by the Saint John Sea Dogs, 1997 born forward Timo Haussener from Swizterland was selected by the Guelph Storm, and 1997 German defenceman Maximilian Glaessl was selected by the Moncton Wildcats.
The Saint John Sea Dogs have selected 1998-born Finnish defenceman Oliver Felixson in the first round of the 2015 CHL Import Draft. Felixson, 17, is listed at 6’6″ and 214 lbs. The native of Helsinki, Finland, played 44 games last season with HIFK U18 (Jr. B) in Finland, posting ten goals and 37 points. He added one assist in three games with HIFK U20 (Jr. A) and played six games for Finland at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, where he recorded two assists.
Felixson uses his size effectively in the defensive zone and brings some offensive upside. He has vision and reads passing lanes well. Scouts have praised his powerful shot, his skating ability, and his rapidly improving defensive game. While he is physical and clears traffic in front of the net, he has also gained a reputation as a disciplined player, who takes very few penalties while logging a ton of ice time.
“We’ve been watching Oliver since the Under-17 tournament in November,” said Sea Dogs General Manager Darrell Young. “He’s still growing and we believe he has the potential to be a high NHL draft pick next summer.”
The Guelph Storm selected 1997 born Swiss forward Timo Haussener in the first round of the 2015 Import Draft. Last season, Haussener had five goals, 16 points in 34 games with the Rapperswil/Jona U20 of the Swiss Elite Jr. A league.
“I’ve only seen (him) on tape, but pretty extensive tape,” Storm general manager Mike Kelly said after the draft. “But I’ve had NHL reports on (him) and various other scouting reports. What we see in September likely isn’t what we’re going to see in a year from September. He’s a guy that’s capable of scoring right away, but he’s not hanging his hat solely on his offensive game.”
The 6.4, 176 pound forward is no stranger to international play having represented Team Switzerland since he was 16. His latest appearance was at the 2014 World Jr. A Hockey Challenge in December.
The Moncton Wildcats also selected 1997 defenseman Maximilian in the 2nd round in the CHL Import Draft. The 18-year-old rearguard stands six feet, two inches tall and weighs 201 pounds. Glaessl played for Germany at the World Junior Hockey Championships following a solid career with EC Salzburg, Austria.
Wildcats Director of Hockey Operations, Roger Shannon says the Cats landed an excellent player, “Well most importantly, he’s big and steady. He also shows some savvy and a mean streak, good qualities for a defenseman in the Q. Max is a big kid and quite excited at coming to North America to play for our Wildcats and for NHL draft exposure.”