The Regina Pats will be making two selections Thursday at the CHL Import Draft as they look to restock their European cupboard after losing both of their players from last year’s roster (Libor Hajek & Emil Oksanen) to the pros.
The team will have the 47th and 107th pick in the event which includes teams from not only the Western Hockey League, but the Ontario and Quebec leagues as well.
Head Coach and General Manager John Paddock doesn’t know what will be available when it comes for his team to pick in each round, but he says he would ideally like to get both a forward and a defenceman.
Paddock adds he may look and add a goaltender as well seeing the CHL draft once again allows for goalies to be drafted which wasn’t the case for the last four years.
The import draft is not the only thing on the Pats mind. The team says there will be an announcement on Thursday regarding hockey operations. It is thought Paddock may be ready to leave the bench and become the full-time general manager with current assistant coach Dave Struch being elevated to head coach.