Storm select Andrei Bakanov and Roman Bychkov in CHL Import Draft

GUELPH, ON – General Manager and Head Coach George Burnett has announced that the Storm have selected, with the 38th overall pick in the 2019 CHL Import Draft, Russian forward Andrei Bakanov.

The 2002-born Bakanov spent the 2018-19 season with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL where he collected five goals and nine points in 51 games. In 2017-18, the Moscow native had an impressive year playing with the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies, totaling 112 points (57G, 55A) in 77 total games between the program’s HPHL schedule and U16 AAA schedule.

“Our staff is very familiar and have been impressed with Andrei having followed his progress over the last two years; both with Cedar Rapids and in midget with Oakland,” said Burnett. “ He is certainly on the radar for the NHL Draft next year bringing great size and skill to the game. We will continue to work with his representation and hope to see him in the Guelph in the near future.”

Bakanov also brings valuable international experience representing Russia at the U-17s where he won gold playing alongside Storm defenceman Danill Chayka at the World Hockey Challenge in Saint John, NB.

Andrei Bakanov
HT: 6.02
WT: 225
May 25, 2002
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders/USHL

GP: 51 | G: 5 | A: 9PTS: 14

With the 98th selection of the CHL Import Draft, General Manager and Head Coach George Burnett announced that the Storm have selected Russian defenceman Roman Bychkov.

The 2001- born Bychkov spent the past two seasons with Yaroslavl Loko (MHL). In 2018-19, the 18-year-old produced two goals and 13 assists for 15 points in 40 games. He also skated in three games for Yaroslavl Loko Junior (NMHL). The 5-foot-11, 170-pound blueliner tallied 4 assists in 20 games during the 2017-18 season.

“Our goal was to add an older defenseman to help solidify our blue line and we feel we’ve done that with our selection of Roman Bychkov,” said Burnett.  “Roman is a mobile, puck-moving defenseman with a strong overall skill set and would be a great addition to our team.”

Bychkov also brings international experience representing Russia at the 2019 U18 World Junior Championship, tallying one assist in six games.

Last week, the 18 year old was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 5th round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Roman Bychkov
Pos: LD
HT: 5.11
WT: 170
February 10, 2001
Yaroslavl Loko/MHL

GP: 40 | G: 2 | A: 13PTS: 15

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