Prince George, B.C. — The Brandon Wheat Kings have learned that 20-year old right-winger Richard Nejezchleb has been reassigned to the Western Hockey League club.
A fifth round draft choice of the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers last June, Nejezchleb had been skating with the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolk Pack on a professional tryout agreement.
The 6’3″ 208 lb. Nejezchleb led the Wheat Kings in goals with 32 during the 2013-14 season and finished the year with 57 points in 66 games.
Since joining the Wheat Kings in 2012, the Praha, Czech Republic native has scored 43 goals and 81 points in 101 regular season games.
Brandon’s first and only selection in the 2012 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, Nejezchleb joins a Brandon club that now has three imports on its active roster, joining defenceman Ivan Provorov of Russia and Latvian left-winger Rihards Bukarts.
While Bukharts is currently tied for fourth in league scoring with five goals and 17 points, Provorov has five goals and 12 points in eleven games. Bukharts and Provorov were Brandon’s first round CHL Import picks in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
CHL clubs are permitted to have only two imports, which means the Wheat Kings will now have fourteen days on which to make a move to get down to the league limit.
The Wheat Kings are currently in Prince George and will kick off their longest road trip of the season – a 7-gamer – Wednesday night against the Cougars.