KHL Junior Draft

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The KHL Junior Draft is an annual meeting in which every franchise of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) systematically select the rights to available amateur ice hockey players who meet draft eligibility requirements (17–21 years old, no active KHL, MHL or VHL contract). The KHL Junior Draft is held once every year, generally within two to three months after the conclusion of the previous season. During the draft, teams take turns selecting amateur players from junior, collegiate, or European leagues.

The first draft was held on June 1, 2009, prior to the second KHL season, and has been held every year since. Mikhail Pashnin, drafted by CSKA Moscow, was the first player to be drafted in the KHL Junior Draft. The first KHL Junior Draft held had only 85 drafted players, but with 188 players in the 2010 Draft the number of drafted players that year was more than doubled. However, the amount of drafted players decreased in the 2011 Draft, with 134 drafted players.

Eligible players[edit]

All European or North American players who are 17 years old and not older than 21 years old, and do not have any active contracts with a KHL, MHL or VHL team, are eligible for selection for that year's KHL Junior Draft.[1]

Drafting order[edit]

The teams with the three worst regular-season records (or a team involved in a trade with such a team where a draft pick was included in the trade and, if applicable, a KHL team afflicted by a disaster during the season) are eligible to take part in a lottery whose aim is to decide the first three (or four, depending on circumstances) picks.

List of KHL Junior Drafts[edit]

Draft Location City Date Total drafted #1 pick
2009 Gazprom Export HQ Moscow, Russia June 1, 2009 91 Russia Mikhail Pashnin (CSKA Moscow)
2010 KHL HQ Moscow, Russia June 4, 2010 188 Czech Republic Dmitrij Jaškin (Sibir Novosibirsk)
2011 Mytishchi Arena Mytishchi, Russia May 28, 2011 134 Russia Anton Slepyshev (Metallurg Novokuznetsk)
2012 Traktor Sport Palace Chelyabinsk, Russia May 25, 2012 and May 26, 2012 166 Russia Denis Alexandrov (SKA Saint Petersburg)
2013 Druzhba Arena Donetsk, Ukraine May 25, 2013 and May 26, 2013 174 Russia Dmitri Osipov (Amur Khabarovsk)
2014 Ice Palace Saint Petersburg, Russia May 8, 2014 208 Russia Kirill Kaprizov (Metallurg Novokuznetsk)
2015 VTB Ice Palace Moscow, Russia May 24, 2015 133 Russia Artyom Maltsev (HC Sochi)
2016 Renaissance Moscow Monarch Center Hotel Moscow, Russia May 23, 2016 147 Russia Venyamin Baranov (Admiral Vladivostok)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Континентальная Хоккейная Лига - Будущее стало ближе (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2011-07-12.