The Prince George Cougars Hockey Club has claimed forward Pavel Azhgirei (00) off of WHL Import Waivers, the team announced Friday.
Azhgirei, 17, started the season with the Everett Silvertips, picking up one assist in four games. The Belarussian was drafted by Everett in the second round, 118th overall, in the 2017 CHL Import Draft in May.
Azhgirei was teammates with current Cougars forward Vladislav Mikhalchuk on the Under 17 Belarus National Team last year, as they won a Mac’s Midget AAA World Invitational Tournament championship in Calgary last year. He had 10 points in in seven games at the Mac’s, including two goals and four points in the Final against the Saskatoon Contacts.
6’2” right-winger also played at the IIHF World Under 18 Hockey Championship for Belarus last spring, picking up one assist in seven games.
With the addition of Azhgirei, the Cougars roster now sits at 26: three goalies, eight defencemen and 15 forwards.