Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are proud to announce the selection of 18-year-old Russian winger Vladimir Bobylev, 38th overall in the 2015 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft this morning.
The CHL Import Draft is an annual event in which clubs from all three leagues (Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League) select players born outside of North America.
“We are happy to have been able to select Vladimir this morning,” General Manager Cameron Hope said. “His size, strength and skating will make him a good fit with our group. He got his feet wet as a WHL rookie last year and we don’t think he has shown yet what he is capable of in this league.”
A native of Lipetsk, Russia, Bobylev spent the 2014-15 season in the WHL with the Vancouver Giants where he recorded nine points (3g-6a) and 39 penalty minutes in 52 games.
The Giants selected Bobylev in the 2014 CHL Import Draft in the first round, 21st overall.
During the 2013-14 campaign, Bobylev played for Mytischi Atlant of the Russian Junior Hockey League (MHL). In 35 games, he collected four goals and four assists to go along with 36 minutes in penalties.
The 6-2, 206 lb forward has suited up for the Russian National Junior Team on two occasions. Last year, Bobylev took part in the Under-17 Five Nations Cup and registered two points in three games. Bobylev also represented his country at the 2014 Under-17 Four Nations Cup, where he notched one goal in three contests.