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Pair of Oilers prospects taken early in CHL Import Draft

by staff / Edmonton Oilers
Oilers defence prospect Martin Marincin

Two Edmonton Oilers prospects recently drafted in last week's 2010 NHL Entry Draft were taken among the top 19 picks in the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft on Tuesday morning.

Martin Marincin, drafted in the second round, 45th overall, by the Oilers was taken first overall among all CHL clubs by the Prince George Cougars. The Edmonton Oil Kings then took Kristians Pelss, drafted by Edmonton in the seventh round, 181st overall, with the 19th selection.

Marincin, a 6’4”, 187 pound product of Kosice, Slovakia, was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round, 46th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  This past season, Marincin had two goals and four assists for six points in 35 games for his junior club team in Slovakia, while posting 71 penalty minutes. 

Marincin represented Slovakia at the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championship in Saskatchewan, collecting two assists in six games.  Marincin also played at the 2010 World Under-18 Championship in Belarus, where he scored two goals and added one assist in six games and had 14 penalty minutes.  Marincin served as captain of Slovakia’s under-18 squad.  The left-handed shooting blue-liner also played internationally for Slovakia at the 2009 World Under-18 Championship in Fargo, North Dakota and at the World Under-17 Challenge in Port Alberni, BC.

“We’ve had a chance to see Martin play a few times and we are confident he will be a strong addition to an emerging defence corps,” said Prince George Cougars General Manager Dallas Thompson.  “We had a chance to meet with Martin at the NHL Draft and found he’s not only a solid player, but a great young man, as well.”

Kristans Pelss
Kristians Pelss, a forward from Latvia, spent last season playing for Dynamo Jr. 
“I saw him in Belarus, he’s a little unknown here, but he’s a very explosive player” said Edmonton Oil Kings General Manager Bob Green of the 5’11’’ forward.

“He’s a strong player with a good shot, who likes to shoot and can score.”
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