Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Wheat Kings Select Nejezchleb, Acquire 5th Round Pick

Richard Nejezchleb
The Brandon Wheat Kings had quite the morning with the CHL Import Draft taking place today.

The Wheat Kings used the 35th overall pick to select F Richard Nejezchleb of the Czech Republic.

Nejezchleb is a 6-foot-2, 187 pound right-winger who, according to ISS Head Scout Ross McLean, is a well rounded Czech player with good overall skill set, a smart two-way player with good offensive potential.

"We have very good reports on Richard," said Wheat Kings' GM Kelly McCrimmon in a release, "We feel that we've improved our team today...and fully expect him to play in Brandon this winter."

Nejezchleb had 11 goals and 23 points in 24 games with HC Slavia Praha U20 in the Czech Repubic U20 Junior League this past season and added one goal and two points in nine games wth the Czech Republic U18 team.

However, he did not play at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship this past April and only one game at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament last August.

The Wheat Kings had also acquired the 38th overall pick in the Import Draft from the Saskatoon Blades as part of the Brayden Schenn trade in January of 2010.

They dealt that pick to the Edmonton Oil Kings in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

The Wheat Kings now have three fifth round picks in 2013 -- their own, Spokane's from the Carter Proft deal last October and Edmonton's in this deal.

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