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Sudbury Wolves take Nikita Filatov of Russia first overall in import draft @NHLdotcom

TORONTO - The Sudbury Wolves made Russian left-winger Nikita Filatov the first overall pick in the Canadian Hockey League import draft Thursday.

Filatov was the top European taken in the NHL entry draft last week at No. 6 by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Filatov, who led Russia in scoring at the world junior hockey championship with four goals and five assists in seven games, plays an aggressive style despite his five-foot-11, 165-pound frame.

The Moscow native said at the NHL draft in Ottawa that he wanted to play in North America next season and if not in the NHL, then the CHL.

Each team in the CHL can have two European players on their rosters.

The draft order is rotated through each of the three leagues in the CHL with each team selecting in inverse order of their final regular season standings from 2007-08.

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