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19-year old goaltender selected in the first round, 15th overall in the 2018 CHL Import Draft
Video Highlights: Ivan Prosvetov highlights
Saginaw, Michigan – Saginaw Spirit General Manager Dave Drinkill announced Monday the team has signed 19-year old goaltender Ivan Prosvetov to a Standard Player Agreement. Prosvetov is a 2018 fourth round selection of the Arizona Coyotes in the National Hockey League.
“As an organization, we are pleased to welcome Ivan Prosvetov to the Spirit family,” said Drinkill. “We know that Ivan is excited to be here and contribute to the Great Lakes Bay Region on and off the ice. We look forward to watching him continue his hockey career here in Saginaw.”
The six-foot-five, 175-pound native of Moscow, Russia was taken by the Spirit in the first round, 15th overall, in the 2018 CHL Import Draft. Prosvetov played the 2017-18 season with the Youngstown Phantoms, posting 19 wins in 36 appearances during the regular season, and backstopped the Phantoms to the Clark Cup Finals during the 2018 USHL Playoffs.
Prosvetov’s efforts during the regular season granted him the opportunity to participate in the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects game in Kearney, Nebraska and also earned him USHL Goaltender of the Week honors for the week of February 19. Prosvetov was ranked 14th among North American goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting in the final rankings posted before the 2018 NHL Draft. Prosvetov was selected eighth highest of all the goaltenders taken in the Draft.
The 27th annual CHL Import Draft included a total of 77 players consisting of 47 forwards and 23 defensemen while seven goaltenders were selected, marking the first time since 2013 that they have been eligible. The 77 players were chosen from across 12 different countries featuring a draft-high 16 players from the Czech Republic.
The two-round draft took place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL’s three leagues using an inverse order of final regular season standings within each league from the 2017-18 season.
A trio of different countries made their return to the CHL Import Draft selections list including Austria (Marco Rossi, 18th to Ottawa and David Maier, 87th to North Bay) for the first time since 2016, Norway (Kristian Roykas Marthinsen, 83rd to Saskatoon) for the first time since 2014 and Great Britain (Liam Kirk, 9th to Peterborough) for the first time since 2010.
The 2018 CHL Import Draft featured 12 players previously selected by NHL teams in 2017 and 2018 drafts. Of that group, six players were selected at the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas this past weekend including second round pick Axel Andersson (57th, Boston) chosen 51st overall by the Kitchener Rangers, third round pick Jan Jenik (65th, Arizona) chosen sixth overall by the Flint Firebirds, fourth round picks in forward Matej Pekar (94th, Buffalo) chosen 108th overall by the Barrie Colts and goaltender Ivan Prosvetov (114th, Arizona) selected 15th overall by the Saginaw Spirit. Fifth round pick goaltender Akira Schmid (136th, New Jersey) was selected 20th overall by the Lethbridge Hurricanes while British standout and seventh round pick Liam Kirk (189th, Arizona) was chosen 9th overall by the Peterborough Petes to round out 2018 NHL Draft choices.
Each team in the CHL is permitted to dress and play a maximum of two import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft.