Greyhounds select Russian forward in CHL Import DraftWednesday, June 27, 2012 by: Brad Coccimiglio
When watching Sergei Tolchinsky play, two things stand out above all else in his game – his size and skill.
At 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, Tolchinsky is among the smallest players selected in the 2012 Canadian Hockey League import draft held on Wednesday but those that have scouted the Russian-born forward will tell you he’s also among the most skilled players selected.
Tolchinsky created a buzz at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor with six goals in six tournament games, including three in the championship game against the United States. He also scored in the Russians 4-3 overtime win over Team Ontario in the semi-final.
Tolchinsky has expressed interest in coming to North America though the 17-year-old after scoring 19 goals and 34 points with CSKA Moscow in the Russian Jr. league.
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Moncton Wildcats selected Ivan Barbashev, a left winger from Russia. The Prince Albert Raiders (Western Hockey League) selected Leon Draisaitl of Germany second overall while the Erie Otters selected Swedish goaltender Oscar Dansk with the third overall pick.