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Lewiston hopes to land two impact players in the Import Draft

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Lewiston, Me– After filling needs at QMJHL Entry Draft, the Lewiston Maineiacs are poised to get two more key players for the upcoming season and the 2010-2011 season in Tuesday’s CHL Import Draft.

“We have been checking in a number of players,” says Maineiacs President and Head Coach Don MacAdam. “Right now, in all likelihood, we will be drafting a forward and a defenseman.”

“We are looking for a (player) in the 17-18 year-old catagory,” MacAdam says.

Those two players are expected to be either a top six forward or a top defenseman.

“The Import players have to be impact players for us,” says MacAdam. “We have a quality pool of players here in the US and Canada. We don’t need to bring European players, unless they are going to be at the impact level.

Getting bigger and being more physical have been MacAdam’s objective this off-season; it’s not a requirement come Tuesday in the Import Draft.

“Those are two things we are looking for in players. We feel we addressed those two needs in the draft in Moncton.”

Unlike the Midget Draft where you can take the best player available, the Import Draft is more like recruiting a player to come play. MacAdam believes there’s recruiting going on in both drafts.

“There is definitely a recruiting component and actually in the regular draft there’s a recruiting component too,” MacAdam stated. “You want to make sure the players are interested in coming playing for the team before putting them on the list you consider selecting.”

The NHL Draft this weekend will have no influence on what the Maineiacs do on Tuesday.

“We are just hoping as many of our players as possibly can be selected,” MacAdam mentioned.

If they can’t play, they will be shown the door.

“By the way, if they (Import players) can’t play, they aren’t staying,” said MacAdam at the Team’s Town Hall event on May 28th.

MacAdam stands by his comments.

Lewiston first round selection is the 46 pick which is slated to be announced at 5:00pm via conference call. Lewiston’s second round pick is expected to be announced at 8:30 pm. You can follow the Draft on Tuesday at 9:00am on the Canadian Hockey League website (www.chl.ca). The Saint John Sea Dogs hold the number one pick.

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