There's no real shock that the Kingston Frontenacs passed on today's CHL import draft.
GM-for-life Larry Mavety has enough trouble getting players from, say (completely hypothetical example) Stouffville to report, let alone Stockholm. The hell of it is, dealing the No. 10 overall pick to the Windsor Spitfires for second- and fourth-round selections actually makes sense in the bizarro world of the Fronts. (Seriously, it's jarring to hear another junior hockey GM talking enthusiastically about the import draft, instead of treating it like a huge nuisance.)
With the trade, the Fronts can add two decent players instead of one potential gamebreaker such as Czech winger Richard Janik, whom Windsor took with the selection. Janik was one of the top scorers this spring at the World Under-18 Tournament. Who knows how he'll do in North America, assuming he's coming.
It's such a relief that the Frontenacs decided not to find out for themselves (appreciate the sarcasm; they are a young team, unlike Windsor, so maybe there is a method to the Mavness).
Can you picture Janik and another star from the U-18s who's on the Spitfires, Kingston's own Taylor Hall, teaming up to tear up the league over the next couple years? That's the thing. Windsor fans can picture it; Kingston fans can't even imagine it.
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