By Fred Wallace
Part and parcel of the NHL Draft this weekend is the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft which follows next Tuesday, June the 30th.
The CHL Import Draft is less about hockey acumen, and more about cash & connections, but having said that, the potential to land a bonus player does exist.
In Owen Sound, the thought process has been that links to the L.A. Kings or the Florida Panthers and others, could produce an import.
However, based on comments by Attack General Manager Dale DeGray, it appears Owen Sound won't attempt to ride shotgun on an NHL pick this year, but rather are leaning towards a 1992 birth opposed to an NHL Draft eligible player born in 91.
If that Import elects to spend next season at home, it's not a huge concern to Owen Sound.
The Attack will pick 27th next week, and they're not ruling out trading up as DeGray relates he has a line on about a half dozen players.
But, picking 27th, and having noted there's plenty of unseen twists in the convoluted road, a player Owen Sound may have a line on, could very well be gone to another CHL Club prior to the Owen Sound selection.
Regardless, Owen Sound fully intends to spend the money, $ 2,000 I think, and make the pick.
DeGray says he could care less what deals may have been pre-arranged.
If he selects a player who's already targeted for another CHL club, then so be it.
If the other CHL club wants that Import player bad enough, Owen Sound will listen, on the proviso they pry another Garrett Wilson type player out of the woodwork.
NHL Entry Draft, CHL Import Draft, NHL Free Agency....then summer.
I'm Fred Wallace