The CHL Import Draft was held earlier this week, and for the second year in a row the Giants drafted a Russian, selecting 17-year-old forward Vladimir Bobylev with the 21st overall selection. Bobylev and defenseman Dmitri Osipov, who went first overall in last year's import draft, are expected to fill the two import spots on the Giants roster for the upcoming season.
Vlad Shushovksy, the agent for Bobylev as well as Saskatoon Blades standout Nikita Scherbak, told Steve Ewen of The Province that Bobylev is similar to Scherbak.
"I would say that Scherbak is more skilled, but Bobylev is a meaner kid,” he said. “This guy drives hard. He’ll come off the wall and go to the net.
“He’s a kid with a Russian name but he plays a North American style.
“Vancouver Giants fans can expect a power forward.”
Read the full article from The Province here.
Here's the press release from the Giants:
The Vancouver Giants selected 17-year old Russain forward Vladimir Bobylev in the 2014 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.
Bobylev played 35 games with Atlanty Mytischi of the Molodyozhnaya Hokkeinaya Liga (MHL) in Russia last season. The 6'3", 198lbs forward had 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) and registered 36 penalty minutes in the 35 games.