Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Saginaw picks Czech, Russian

The Saginaw Spirit drafted the rights to two highly-touted prospects in the 2009 CHL Import Draft Tuesday.

The Spirit plan to have both players attend their training camp in August.

Goalie Tadeas Galansky was drafted by the Spirit 33rd overall. The 1992-born Czech Republic native is eligible for the 2011 NHL Draft and is a prospect for Team Czech and the upcoming Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Under-18 Tournament in August.

“He brings good size to the position and he has a lot of upside,” stated Spirit director of scouting Jim Paliafito. “He had close to a .930 save percentage on a team that struggled in his home league.”

Russian forward Ivan Telegin was selected 42nd overall by the Spirit. The '92-born winger represented Team Russia at the 2009 World Under-17 Challenge, where he recorded two goals and two assists in five games. He is eligible for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

“Ivan plays hard and goes to the net with authority, courtesy his big size," said Paliafito. "He has the potential to bring a lot to a team’s offense.”

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