Guelph Storm defenceman Dmitri Samorukov, was selected in the 3rd Round (84th Overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers.
The Volgograd, Russia native was selected second overall in the 2016 CHL Import Draft and was an immediate impact on the Storm’s blue line. With several injuries plaguing the Storm’s defence, the six-foot-two, 180-pound defenceman stepped up in a big way playing lots of heavy minutes, earning an important role on the team’s special teams units. In total, the rookie defenceman finished the season with four goals and 16 assists for 20 points in 67 games.
Samorukov also represented Russia on two occasions this year. Last summer he registered two points in five games at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and then this past spring, he was named an Assistant Captain for Russia at the U18 World Junior Championship where he recorded five points in seven games en route to winning the Bronze Medal.
Samorukov, becomes the 11th player in franchise history to be selected in the third round joining teammate Nate Schnarr, along with Scott Kosmachuck, Tanner Richard, Andrey Pedan, Taylor Beck, Michael Latta, Craig Anderson, Mike Lankshear, Rumun Ndur and Jeff Bes.
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