The Russian Kontinental Hockey League held its entry draft on Saturday, and Canadian prospect Jonathan Huberdeau was chosen fifth overall by the Vityaz Chekhov team.
The Saint John Sea Dogs centre was ranked third by NHL Central Scouting and seventh by International Scouting Services (ISS) in each group's end-of-season top prospects list.
Huberdeau is available in the NHL Entry Draft on June 24-25 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is not expected to play next season in the KHL.
Forward Sean Couturier of the Drummondville Voltigeurs, who played on last year's world junior team for Canada, was selected in the sixth round by Salavat Yulaev Ufa. Couturier is ranked third overall by ISS and sixth by NHL Central Scouting. Canadian defenceman Ryan Murphy and forward Ryan Strome were chosen by the Amur club.
Russian juniors Anton Slepyshev, Igor Ishayev, and Alexander Timerev were the first three picks in the KHL draft.