Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cougars Take Oiler #1 in Import Draft

As talked about on the TEAM 1260 during the Saturday portion of the extensive 2010 NHL Draft coverage, the Prince George Cougars have selected Martin Marincin with the 1st overall pick in the CHL Import Draft.

Marincin was chosen in the 2nd round, 46th overall, by the Edmonton Oilers who drafted a total of 11 players of which 7 will play in the WHL next season including the newest member of the Cougars.

Seen above at the NHL Draft in Los Angeles with Prince George Assistant GM and Director of Player Personnel Wade Klippenstein, Marincin is listed by NHL Central scouting as a 6'4, 187 lb rearguard from Slovakia. The comparisons to Zdeno Chara, a former Cougar himself, will be tough to live up to but at his size there is every reason to expect that Marincin will make an impact on the WHL this coming year.

Edmonton head scout Stu MacGregor was quoted as suggesting that the team was considering the option of playing Marincin in the AHL. That is not in the cards and never really was but out of professional courtesy to the Cougars, the Oilers had to intention of revealing Prince George's plans for the Import Draft.

"I am very happy that he'd be coming over to play in the WHL where we can see him," MacGregor told Jason Gregor on Monday during The Jason Gregor Show on TEAM 1260. "I think it's important for him to come over and be in that environment and get used to that type of travel."

Marincin played for Slovakia in both the 2009 and 2010 World U18 Championship as well as the World Junior Championship in Belarus.

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