Saturday, May 28, 2011


If Jonathan Huberdeau suddenly decides to jump to KHL ranks, he’ll be playing for the HC Vityaz Chekhov.

In today’s Kontinental Hockey League Junior Draft, Huberdeau was selected fifth overall by the Russian team. From the KHL’s official Twitter feed:

Huberdeau’s Russian teammate Stanislav Galiev tweeted this morning, “Congrats to my teammate Huberdeau to drafted by KHL today! 5th overall. Are you kidding me KHL?”

The full results of the draft can be found here. Other QMJHL players drafted were Chicoutimi goaltender Christopher Gibson and Drummondville's Sean Couturier - who went 133rd overall.

From the Wikipedia page of the 2011 KHL Draft:

The 2011 KHL Junior Draft will be the third entry draft held by the Kontinental Hockey League, taking place on May 28, 2011 in Mytishchi Arena. Ice hockey players from around the world aged between 17 and 21 years of age will be selected. Players eligible to take part in the draft must not have an active contract with a KHL, MHL or VHL team. A total of 371 players will participate in the draft, 171 of these playing in Russia, 100 in Europe and 100 in North America.
Every year some top National Hockey League prospects are selected in the draft. Some of the players drafted in the past include Zach Kassian, Eric Gudbranson, Taylor Hall, and Olivier Roy.


  1. So Huberdeau won't be playing for us next year?

  2. Unless Huberdeau stays in the NHL next season he'll be back.