The Peterborough Petes acquired the 42nd overall pick in Wednesday's CHL Import Draft Tuesday moving up from 69.
In exchange the Petes traded their seventh-round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection and their second-round, 69th overall import pick to the Bulls.
Petes' GM Dave Reid said it was always his intention to try to get another first-round import pick after he traded his first-round, ninth overall selection to the London Knights earlier this month.
Reid got second, fourth and seventh round picks from London for the ninth overall selection. He said London wanted to keep its first-round import pick, giving them two. That's why it wasn't part of the original deal and why Reid went looking elsewhere.
“The way it all shakes out is we gave up our ninth-overall pick for second and fourth round OHL pick and the 42nd overall import pick,” said Reid.
The club has identified some players Reid is comfortable they can get to report and just wanted to move up a little higher to insure their chances of getting one.
“This gives us a larger group of players to select from at 42 from 69,” said Reid.
The import draft will be held Wednesday.
Reid said a change to the draft will make it go quicker this year. Rather than giving team's designated time slots within which to make their selection, teams will now have 10 minutes from the previous pick to make their choice.
Rather than taking a full day as it has in the past, Reid expects the draft to be over in two to three hours. The draft can be followed at www.chl.ca.
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