The Cougars have added a 1999 born forward to their roster in the European draft. Vladislav Mikhalchuk checks in at six feet two inches and weighs 172 pounds.
Mikhalchuk had 14 goals and 35 point in 31 games with the Belarus U-18 program last year. He also dressed in 13 games for the U-20 team and registered four assists. Internationally the big forward played for Belarus at the World Under-18 championships. And he was a key member of the Belarus that won the Gold Medal at the 2017 Mac’s Major Midget Tournament. In seven games at the tournament he had six goals and three assists.
“He was dominant at the Mac’s Tournament, is comfortable playing against much older competition and I have no doubt that his skill, speed and physicality are all going to translate well to the North American game,” said Cougars General Manager Todd Harkins. “Heading into his draft year he’s going to be extremely motivated to come to Prince George and play well in order to prove to NHL scouts that he’s a legitimate NHL prospect,” he added.
Mikhalchuk is the only player being taken by the Cougars in the draft and is expected to join Russian forward Nikita Popugaev in the lineup this season.