Silverips select Michal Gut in CHL import draft

The Czech-born forward joins Martin Fasko-Rudas as one of Everett’s two import players.

Everett Silvertips import draft pick Michal Gut. (Everett Silvertips)

Everett Silvertips import draft pick Michal Gut. (Everett Silvertips)

The Silvertips made one selection in the 2019 Canadian Hockey League import draft on Thurdsay, selecting forward Michal Gut, a 2002-born center from the Czech Republic, with the 57th-overall pick.

Gut, 16, is a versatile forward and is capable of playing the center position, which is a key trait with the Silvertips entering the 2019-2020 season thin up the middle.

“He looks like a good, young two-way centerman that can grow with our young group here,” Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson said. “We were hoping we can land a centerman and this guy can play any position.”

The Kadan, Czech Republic native posted 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in 33 games for the Pirati Chomutov U19 team and 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 25 international games with the Czech Republic under-17 squad.

Everett passed on the 117th overall pick, as 2000-born Martin Fasko-Rudas is returning for his third season with Everett. The Slovakian forward posted 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in 60 games for the Silvertips last season.

Artyom Minulin, who the Silvertips acquired in a trade with Swift Current last season, aged out of the league to vacate an import spot for Gut.

CHL teams are permitted just two import players per season.

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