TORONTO — The Swift Current Broncos took Finnish defenceman Kasper Puutio first overall in the Canadian Hockey League import draft on Thursday.
The two-round draft for all 60 CHL teams features players from outside North America.
Players are not obliged to report when they are picked. A player with CHL experience also can re-enter the draft if a team decides not to keep him on an active roster.
Puutio, who played junior hockey in Finland last season, had four assists in six games at the World Under-17 Challenge last year in New Brunswick.
The Kingston Frontenacs, the top Ontario Hockey League team to pick at No. 2, selected winger Martin Chromiak of Slovakia.
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan, first to pick from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, selected Swiss defenceman Noah Delemont third overall.
The Quebec Remparts were the first team to grab a player from a non-traditional hockey country, selecting Yu Sato of Japan at No. 24.
Swedish forward Lucas Raymond, projected by many as a top-10 pick in next year's NHL draft, went 92nd overall to the Mississauga Steelheads.