The North Bay Battalion have exercised the first overall pick in the 2020 CHL Import Draft. They chose right-winger Matvei Petrov, 17-years-old, of Russian dissent. Petrov put up nine points (5G, 4A) in 21 games in the MHL. This article will examine why Petrov fits North Bay’s needs and why he’ll be a good pickup.
Another Power Right-Winger
After the selection of Brandon Coe in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, the North Bay Battalion add another power winger in this year’s edition of the CHL Import Draft. This will help the Battalion complement centreman Luke Moncada and Mason Primeau as well as Matvey Guskov. Guskov was acquired from London just four weeks back in exchange for two draft picks.
The Russian Connection
No, I’m not talking about some famous NHL Russian connections. I’m talking about the one the Battalion now have if Matvei Petrov reports along with his Russian counterpart, Matvey Guskov. The Battalion acquired Matvey Guskov, as mentioned before, and the addition of Petrov means the Battalion now have a dynamic import duo that could do some damage in the OHL next season.
No Issues With Reporting I Don’t Think
When the Battalion last had a high import selection, they selected Flip Chytil with the seventh overall pick in the 2017 Import Draft. However, he did not report to North Bay and Battalion fans were disappointed. However, I don’t think they will be with Petrov. I think he has the intentions of coming over to North America next season and playing in the Ontario Hockey League.
Adds To The Young Core Of Forwards
To conclude, Petrov is just a great pick up because he adds to the young core of talented players think about this for second you have Liam Arnsby, Alex Christopoulos, the whole 2020 draft class and now Guskov and Petrov. Boy, this team is going to be fun to watch this upcoming season whenever it gets started.
Keep your eyes peeled for my next article which is coming out soon.