The North Bay Battalion selected Russian-born forward Matvei Petrov with the first overall pick of the 2020 CHL Import Draft. Battalion General Manager Adam Dennis submitted the pick online at CHL.ca to begin the proceedings at 11:00am.
A 17-year-old from Gus-Khrustalny, Russia, Petrov spent the 2019-20 season with MHK Krylia Sovetov Moscow of Russia’s top junior circuit, recording nine points (5-4–9) over 21 games.
Petrov is added to an up-and-coming Battalion depth chart that also includes a fellow countryman in recently acquired Minnesota Wild prospect Matvey Guskov, in addition to 2020 first overall OHL Priority Selection choice Ty Nelson.
Petrov follows Andrei Svechnikov as the first Russian player to be selected first overall in the CHL Import Draft since 2017. Svechnikov went on to win OHL Rookie of the Year honours with the Barrie Colts in 2017-18 before being selected second overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2018 NHL Draft.
With the first overall pick in the 2020 #CHLImportDraft the North Bay Battalion select Matvei Petrov.
— North Bay Battalion (@OHLBattalion) June 30, 2020