(Windsor, ON) – With the #14 pick in the 2019 CHL Import Draft, GM Warren Rychel chose Finnish national Ruben Rafkin.
The 6’0, 188-pound defenceman played for the Tri-City Storm of the USHL last season, posting two goals and eight assists, along with 90 penalty minutes, in 38 games played.
The Turku native also represented Finland in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, recording a goal and an assist in six games played.
Rychel says Rafkin should adjust quickly to the OHL, having played in North America for the last three years.
“We’ve added some young forwards to our group recently, so we thought it was imperative to get a defenceman in this draft,” Rychel said. “And Ruben is a really good one. He plays with energy and is an excellent hitter. He’ll be a nice addition to our group of 2002s and 2003s.”