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Maineiacs select two from Scandinavia

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Lewiston, ME– Unlike year’s past, this time the Maineiacs went to Northern Europe for their two Import selections. They went out and got their forward and defenseman. With their first selection, they selected Finnish defender Riku Dufva. With their second pick, they selected Swedish forward Oskar Orrpars

“It actually went according to plan,” said Maineiacs General Manger Roger Shannon. “We got the players we were targeting.”

Before the Import Draft, the Maineiacs traded their first round pick to Gatineau. In return, the Maineiacs received Gatineau’s second round pick which ended up the 74th overall selection. They had their own second pick which was the 65th selection.

“I picked up a fourth round pick in the 2011 as a result of moving the 46th pick,” says Shannon. “They didn’t feel they would get their player at 94 (became the 74th selection) and I was comfortable that we did a good enough job of working with the two kids we acquired.”

With their first selection of the Import Draft, the Lewiston Maineiacs selected Finnish defenseman Riku Dufva. The 5’11, 220 pound defenseman had two goals and nine assists in 37 games with JYP Jyväskylä of the Jr. A SM-Liiga. He also had 66 penalty minutes on the season.

“Riku is a stay at home defenseman that is a good size kid and he’s a 19-year-old, so he’s mature,” says Shannon. “We’ve been talking to him since February.”

Another reason was to add a veteran to a young defensive core.

“He will only be our only 19-year-old defenseman,” he said. “We wanted to add a little seniority to the defense core as we have young defenseman.”

With the 74th selection, Lewiston stayed in the Scandinavian Peninsula. They selected 17-year-old center Oskar Orrpars out of the famed Djurgarden program in Sweden. Roger Shannon knows him well.

“I’ve watched him for three solid years,” say Shannon “I’ve watched him in 50 or 60 games of hockey.”

He played on Shannon’s 92 V-Red prospect program which had Maineiacs’ defenseman Zach Shannon, former Maineiacs’ defenseman Garrette Clarke, fellow QMJHLers Brandon Gormley, Brandon Hynes, Logan Shaw, and others.

The 5’11, 174 pound forward had seven goals and eight assists in 19 games with Djurgarden’s U-18 Elit team. He also had 57 penalty minutes. With the U-18 Allsvenskan team, he had six assists in 12 games.

“He’s an extremely skilled Swedish player is the best way to put it,” says Shannon. “He got the hands, he goat the skills, he can score goals, and he sees the ice very well.”

Djurgarden is a powerhouse program which produced Mats Sundin, Mikael Tellqvist, and Niklas Kronwall

“Playing in that program obviously is the number one program in the country,” Shannon stated. “He has had really good training and he has been trained by very good coaches.”

Shannon also stated he will head to the University of New Brunswick a month before training camp to get ready for upcoming season.

Saint John had the first overall pick and selected Stanislav Galiev of the Indiana ICE of the USHL. He’s a highly touted 2010 NHL Draft prospect. With the fourth pick, they also selected Tomas Jurco out of Slovakia, who’s eligible in the 2011 Draft. Moncton drafted Krill Kabanov with the seventh pick which was orginally Lewiston’s 1st round selection. Kabanov is another highly regarded Russian for the 2010 Draft. Rounding out the Top 10 for QMJHL teams was Drummondville. They selected Ondret Palat out of the Czech Republic.

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