Last weekend’s draft in Pittsburgh marked the 50th year for the NHL Entry Draft. Rounds 2-7 took place on Saturday and the teams wasted no time making their selections, well except for the Florida Panthers. After a short time out during round 4, the Panthers selected an unranked Alexander Delnov in the fourth round using their 114th overall pick.
The 6-foot tall, 18 year old left winger hails from Moscow, Russia, and checks in at 187 pounds. This past season, Delnov played 47 regular season games for his Russian Junior League Team, Mytischi Atlant, picking up 11 goals , 11 assists and 16 penalty minutes along the way. He appeared in 5 playoff games for Mytischi in addition to playing in the Under-18 Tournament this spring. In 6 games at the World Championships, Delnov netted a goal and two assists, catching the attention of scouts in attendance. Many of those who watched the tournament were unfamiliar with Delnov, but his strong skill set and skating ability helped label him as one of the top forwards at the tournament.
He’ll definitely need to develop more before making his NHL debut, but is a great addition to the depth charts for the Panthers. He’ll be given the chance to get accustomed to the North American style of play with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL. Just a few hours ago, Alexander Delnov was the Thunderbirds first round, and 8th overall, draft pick in the 2012 CHL Import Draft.
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