The Edmonton Oil Kings added a second Belarussian forward in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft Wednesday, selecting forward Andrei Pavlenko with the 12th overall pick.
Pavlenko played 27 games last season for the U18 Belarus Team recording 30 points (11G, 19A) and 16 penalty minutes and represented Belarus at the 2017 Under-18 World Junior Championship (WJC-18) as an underage player, collecting two goals and an assist over seven games playing on a line with current Oil Kings forward Artyom Baltruk.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound forward also appeared in three games with the Belarus National U17 team at the Mac’s AAA Midget Hockey Tournament this year scoring twice and adding two assists.
“We were looking to add a player in the 2000-age group to continue on with the growth of our group,” said Oil Kings General Manager Randy Hansch.
“Andrei has gained experience in representing Belarus not only in Europe but in North America and most recently has participated with the Belarussian under-18 team as an underage player. Having gained that valuable experience, we feel this will enable him to have a smoother transition over to the Western Hockey League. We look forward to having Andrei join the Edmonton Oil Kings in August.”